Finnish Musicians Play Bluegrass Versions of AC/DC, Iron Maiden & Ronnie James Dio

Euro­peans do weird things with Amer­i­can folk music. Some­times they do hor­ri­ble things, like the 1994 tech­no ren­di­tion of tra­di­tion­al coun­try song “Cot­ton-Eyed Joe” by a Swedish act who called them­selves “Red­nex” and who dressed up like car­toon­ish hill­bil­lies in a par­o­dy only slight­ly less offen­sive than their music. In the video above, we have three con­ti­nents col­lid­ing for anoth­er Scan­di­na­vian appro­pri­a­tion of Appalachi­an tropes, by way of a cov­er of “Thun­der­struck” by Aussies AC/DC. The Finnish blue­grass band Steve ‘N’ Seag­ulls has achieved viral noto­ri­ety with their most recent release, which fea­tures ban­jo, man­dolin, upright bass, accor­dion, a drum­mer who plays the spoons, and an anvil. Oh, and of course a wardrobe of over­alls and sus­penders with­out shirts. And the accor­dion play­er arrives on the scene on a rid­ing mow­er.

Offen­sive? I don’t know—where Red­nex was clear­ly min­strel­sy, this has the feel of a fond trib­ute to a cul­ture whose musi­cal tra­di­tions Steve ‘N’ Seag­ulls clear­ly adores, though their wear­ing of Native head­dress (below) would not sit well with cer­tain music fes­ti­val orga­niz­ers.

As for their take on AC/DC; I almost pre­fer it to the orig­i­nal, though one Metafil­ter user point­ed out that being able to hear the lyrics with such clar­i­ty does con­firm one’s sus­pi­cion that they’re com­plete­ly inane. And lest you think Steve ‘N’ Seag­ulls is some one-cov­er-hit won­der, check out their cov­ers of Iron Maiden’s “The Troop­er” above and Dio’s “Holy Div­er” below.

via Metafil­ter

Relat­ed Con­tent:

A Blue­grass Ver­sion of Metallica’s Heavy Met­al Hit, “Enter Sand­man”

Robert Plant and Ali­son Krauss Sing Coun­try Ver­sions of Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” & “When the Lev­ee Breaks”

Pak­istani Musi­cians Play Amaz­ing Ver­sion of Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Clas­sic, “Take Five”

Watch Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ Per­formed on a Gayageum, a Tra­di­tion­al Kore­an Instru­ment

Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Durham, NC. Fol­low him at @jdmagness

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