2Cellos - Thunderstruck

Something most people don’t realize is that many of the famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky — now associated with musty old white dudes — were the rock gods of their day. They hung out with nobility, partied all night, had groupies, and fans of all classes flocked to see their concerts.

One of the many things I liked about A Knight’s Tale was how they tried to show the contemporary mindset by sliding in modern references. Anachronistic, sure, but how else are you going to get the point across that going to a joust was like a football game for the people of the time, or that those pattern dances set to the equally intricate sounds of of jangly dissonant instruments was their version of club music?

If you liked this video by 2 Cellos, you might also enjoy the a capella metal band Van Canto (here’s their cover of Metallica’s “Battery”) or the older Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica that undoubtedly inspired these Polish dudes to rock.