It's time to don those chartreuse undies and drink green-colored crappy beer: It's Saint Patty's Day this weekend, and Irish or not, we must celebrate. Jameson shots are obviously on the menu, as is fighting and pinching.
While Massholes will be reveling in the talents of the Dropkick Murphys this weekend, the rest of us will be flipping through our record collections to find Irish bands to spice up the mood.
In order to subvert the U2, we've put together a list of songs that aren't by Irish musicians but that feature the bagpipes, and we're not talking Celtic compilations either. Click over to get revved up and angry for Saint Patrick's Day.
GWAR "Horror of Yig"
You don't think of GWAR in costume as perched on the highlands pumping air through the pipes, but here in "Horror of Yig," you're presented with a softer side of the frightening crew, at least for the first few seconds.
Peter Gabriel "Come Talk to Me"
Again, it's just an intro, and Peter Gabriel is a Brit, but those are some good bagpipes all wrapped up in perfect pop music.
The Darkness "Hazel Eyes"
Everyone knows the Darkness from its one hit, "I Believe In a Thing Called Love," but that's not all there is to the British glam group. There are also hazel eyes.
White Stripes "Prickly Thorn, but Sweetly Worn"
Leave it up to Jack White to make the bagpipes sound traditional and kind of really contemporary at the same time.
Tears for Fears "Shout"
This was a personal favorite at 4 years old when the video first hit the MTV. It's still freaking awesome. Love that voice. So dramatic and delightfully highlighted by moments of bagpipe goodness.
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Listen, enjoy, and pretend you're Irish. Have a freaking happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.