Drunken Pipe Bomb (Soundtrack)

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Team Fortress 2
Official Soundtrack
  1. "Team Fortress 2 (Main Theme)"
  2. "Playing With Danger"
  3. "Rocket Jump Waltz"
  4. "The Art of War"
  5. "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet"
  6. "Right Behind You"
  7. "Petite Chou-Fleur"
  8. "Intruder Alert"
  9. "Drunken Pipe Bomb"
  10. "More Gun"
  11. "Haunted Fortress 2"
  12. "TF2 Saxxy 2011 Theme"
  13. "A Little Heart to Heart"
  14. "MEDIC!"
  15. "Archimedes"
  16. "Dreams of Cruelty"
  17. "The Calm"
  18. "ROBOTS!"
  19. "Dapper Cadaver"
  20. "Rise of the Living Bread"
  21. "Red Bread"
  22. "Three Days to Live"
  23. "Seduce Me!"
  24. "Stink Lines"
  25. "It Hates Me So Much"
  26. "Misfortune Teller"
  27. "Soldier of Dance"
  28. "RED Triumphs!"
  29. "BLU Triumphs!"
  30. "Yeti Park"
  31. "Saxton's Dilemma"
  32. "Mercenary Park"
  33. "Saluting the Fallen"

"Drunken Pipe Bomb" is one of the song titles featured on the Team Fortress 2 Official Soundtrack, and is listed as track number nine. It is featured in Meet the Demoman as well as being one of 33 main menu start up themes. It is the sixth track to be added via a patch subsequent to the game's release.


An alternate version added in the Jungle Inferno Update:

Guitar transcription

The following is an abridged transcription of the song. The bass plays the exact same thing, coming in after the intro.

Drunken Pipe Bomb     
time = 4/4          | 
Standard E-tuning   | 
(c) Mike Morasky / VALVe 2007   

	E Major 
                                              Clean Guitar
       Fig. 1                     Fig. 2                     Fig. 1                    Fig. 3
e ||---------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B ||---------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G ||---------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
D ||---------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A ||---------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E ||--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--12--|--11--11--11--11--11--11--11--5--|--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--14--|--13--13--13--13--13--13--13--13--|--13--13--13--12--12--12--11--11--|
                                tremolo picking throughout


Key: E Minor
Time Signature: 4/4-2/4
Tempo: 170 BPM
Length: 1:31
Release Date: October 9, 2007
Update: WAR!
Composer: Mike Morasky
Instrumentation: flute, piccolo, uillean pipes, tenor saxophone, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, piano, electric guitar, electric bass, drumset, xylophone.

"Drunken Pipe Bomb" is associated with the Demoman, and is written in a surf rock style with brass, uilleann pipes, and flute featured heavily in the track.

The track begins with a folk-style piccolo introduction, which is quickly interrupted by all brass and rhythm. The drums fill the air, focusing heavily around the toms, adding to the surf rock style, along with the guitar and jumpy bass line. After this, the main melody reenters with a bass line, trombones, woodwinds, and trumpets. The main melody is that of tight, biting intervals and chromaticism, not unlike the rest of the distinctive soundtrack. Between the rhythm section and melody, trombones pedal on E above the electric bass to punctuate each resolution to the tonic. Soon, all instruments drop out, making way for guitar and piano to lead into the next section of "call and response." After this, all instruments drop out again, this time to make way for uilleann pipes. The pipes drone on D, then enter with a melody played in unison with the piccolo, reminiscent of the beginning, before brass and drums are re-introduced. The pipes and piccolo continue their melody, while it eventually is doubled by trumpet, as all brass play dissonant chords underneath before all instruments crescendo to a climactic end.

Update history

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)

  • This song was added as main menu music.


  • This song is in the same key, E minor, as the main theme, Playing With Danger, Intruder Alert, Mercenary Park, and Haunted Fortress 2. Its guitar part bears similarities to the ones featured across these songs as well.
  • The guitar part bears similarities to Dick Dale's Misirlou, one of the most influential guitar pieces for its respective style of playing.
  • In the official sheet music, the tenor saxophone part notates the player to "GO NUTS!" in measure 8 (0:10-0:11)
    • This part was either lost in mixing, or omitted from the final recording.