Six Badass Flute Bands Who Aren't Jethro Tull
By Drew Ailes
Ian Anderson: Hero to flute-rock enthusiasts
In the sixth grade we were all arbitrarily assigned instruments to learn. It was hell for broke parents, and it was hell for us kids. (When you are a young boy, everything around you is considered to be a weapon.) I got a trombone, but others were not so lucky, and had to endure the torment that comes with playing the soft, emasculating flute.
But nowadays I realize the flute is serious business. The shakuhachi, for example, is a bamboo flute from Japan, designed by traveling zen monks to play songs and beat their enemies up. In Tampa Bay recently, meanwhile, two rocket launchers and a flute gun were turned into authorities for $75 and some baseball tickets.
So in tribute to the disrespected woodwind instrument, here are six of the most badass flute bands that aren't Jethro Tull. Because you already knew about that one.
Peter Gabriel played the flute. Not all the time, but sometimes. Here, Phil Collins is wearing a shirt that says "Genesis" on it, and is also playing a whistle. Despite the incredible energy of this performance and the intensity of that flute, Genesis would later go on to suck ass and never use the flute.
Growing up, my dad forced me to listen to Steve Winwood a lot. And the Pointer Sisters. But before Steve Winwood was ruining my life with that haircut, he was playing in a band called Traffic, alongside the legendary and now deceased flutist Chris Wood. This song, "Forty Thousand Headmen," will incinerate your ears with the heat of a thousand denim shirts burning in Winwood's mind's eye.