Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” is a simple song and that’s its beauty. It’s so simple that it was banned (a la “Stairway”) from an introductory guitar class I took in high school, when the teacher got tired of hearing the instantly recognizable riff untold hundreds of times per day. But YouTuber Rob Scallon figured out a way to make the 1991 track a tad bit more difficult when he played the song on a shovel.
Well, not just a shovel. It’s more of a single-string guitar that’s built out of a gardening tool. And it probably thinks the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” shovel is a rank amateur. Still, it’s incredibly impressive. Scallon plays the song’s riff on his fretless shovel using a bass string and then switches to a guitar string to play the solo using a shot glass for a slide.
This isn’t the first time that Scallon has reached for his shovel to knock out some tunes. He previously played a pretty heavy original track called “Shovel Metal.”
You might be wondering how Scallon ended up with a shovel guitar in the first place. Turns out it was built by another YouTube channel called I Like To Make Stuff. The step-by-step walkthrough of how the guitar was made is just as interesting as watching Scallon shred on it.
It’s fair to guess that even those who were the most weary with the Rage track would make an exception for this unique rendition of the song.