Scotland’s Bags Pipe Down

April 21, 2008

The EU’s new sound ordinance is set to smack Scotland where it hurts, right in the bag pipes. These sacred instruments resonate at a decibel level of 122 and have been asked to take it down a notch. To give you an idea of decibel levels, The Who held “the loudest rock band” record registering at 126 decibels, until last year when Watford punk band Gallows raised the bar to a whopping 132.5.

This new edict from Brussels effects classical musicians and rock stars too. “Lemmy” Kilmister, lead singer of Motorhead, is so not amused. “The essence of rock’n’roll is loud music, how the hell can we be expected to enjoy ourselves if we’ve got to turn it down?”

On the other side of the spectrum, Classical orchestras might just have to hold “quiet” rehearsals for music by composers such as Wagner or Verdi. Essence lost on all levels. Could be time to call Ren McCormack from Footloose to visit Brussels and give these people a lesson on cutting loose for the music.


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