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Dropkick Murphys Picks Up Their Ultimate Punk Rock Playlist – Kerrang!

Ahead of their performance at this year’s Rock Werchter festival in Belgium, Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys tell us what they like to play on their tour bus trips, or when they leave for Boston…

ten. The Macc Lads – No sheep until Buxton.
The Macc Lads were rude, vile and lyrical interesting group, “braving a lot of topics that most groups wouldn’t touch – they’d probably be burned alive in today’s pyre, uh, “Tolerant climate” of safe spaces, gender studies and bun hairstyles. Very good songs, and lyrically quite an influence on some of our less serious numbers. This particular song is a classic of their Beer and sex and chips and sauce ” LP. Having witnessed a mutton stroke…, SHEARring! fest the other weekend, this song immediately occurred to me.

9. Dictators – Stay with me.
Those new York maniacs were formed early 70s at a time when rock and roll had crawled on its own butt. The progressive rock bands “played endlessly ignoring the crowds, lost in their little world. Dictators were about as diametrically opposed to all this bullshit as you can imagine. They came up with songs like Cars and girls ”, Two Tub Man “, etc., with songs averaging around 3:50, bringing real AMUSING back to rock music, and inspiring bands such as the Ramones and others to jump into the burgeoning New York punk scene. Stay With Me “is just a perfect pop song from what I believe is their greatest album, 1978‘s Blood brothers” LP. This little number is about being an insane dude who just wants to keep his main pressure on. An icy classic!

8. The business – Make a runner.
I remember when we were just a band of four, roaming America listening to tape after tape of home-dubbed albums, and the Businesses were, in addition to being heroes, a staple food in our auditory diet. Years later, we all agree on the importance of this group in our development. The delicious guitars of Steve Kent and our man Micky Fitz (TEAR) the clever, jovial lyrical lyrics about unethical business practices, uh, and get-rich-quick schemes combine to create the perfect pop-Oi! anthem.”

7. Nervous Eaters – Just the head.
Another choon from our past, although covered by the New Bomb Turks at the time. The Nervous Eaters were a staple punk rock band of late 70s and early 80s. A song about a dude in such a rush he doesn’t even have time to the old in-out, in-out ”with his partner, then, well… just the head, because I’m in a hurry. Come on baby, that will be enough! Heartwarming lyrics to say the least, but the music is full blast punk rock and roll of the kind you find in places like Boston.

6. Little stiff fingers – Waste of life.
There were bands like the Clash and the Pistols who would sing along what pissed them off or try to be as vile as possible. Then you had children from Northern Ireland who, although obviously influenced by the above, had to deal with sectarian violence, exploding bombs, extreme police brutality and poverty, who decided to start a band and sing THEIR problems. Needless to say, there is no trite word or phrase on the Album “Flammable Matter”. Wasted Life ”is a song from the trenches. It is not about anarchy, social problems or distant things that students tend to protest…. it is the pressure to join a paramilitary squad and kill your compatriots in the name of the queen and the crown, or of God and the pope. This song says fuck you ”to bigotry in the middle of it all. Hard as nails, a razor sharp melody, with truly emotionally charged lyrics, puts this bad larry on top.

5. The shock – What’s my name.
Clash’s debut album was probably played more among our bandmates over the years than any other. A story of paranoia, youthful angst and violence. We can all understand this stuff to some extent. An instantly catchy chorus, which I imagine didn’t come in part with the lyrics of the verses, but seems to scream a symptom of what the verses are trying to convey. Probably not that deep, but it’s a great song that I’ll never get enough of.

4. Adolescents – Amoeba.
This one really moves the old guard of the group. Featured on the Blue album “, from nineteen eighty one, I think Al and Ken know every word of this song and every song on this album by heart. Enraged, melodious and unmistakably anthemic, with wacky sci-fi lyrics, this was the good west coast hardcore for non-commercial punk.

3. The Anti-Heroes – Carte Blanche to Chaos.
When we started out, we traveled a lot for unique shows. Hey, let’s drive nineteen hours to Atlanta, Georgia for a concert! Good idea! Well, that was actually, because we got to see the Anti-Heros playing in their hometown. This song was out of their mood The American Pie Album. The lyrics deal with deep issues like turning back the doors, “… the man came out covered in shit!” “TV through the window, long hair through the wall !!! And just causing utter chaos. Carte blanche to chaos, carte blanche to have fun, when we arrive you better run! is the refrain of this little song. We always get excited when we put on that or their first two albums (“It’s true!” And Don’t step on me ”).

2. Swingin ‘Utters – The Dirty Sea.
This group is one of the biggest influences of the Dropkicks. I used to go see these guys at the Rathskeller and the Middle East Cafe when our group was just a sparkle in Ken’s eyes. This song is out of Sounds Wrong ep “, a quick little collection of mid-tempo numbers with nods to the UK Subtitles (check Greg’s Love Song “), a cover of Billy Childish’s Thee Mighty Caesars (” Devious Means “), and probably something more obvious that I can’t quite put my finger on. Dirty Sea “opens the release with a jagged rhythm guitar, inducing thoughts of SLF, and the hoarse voice of Johnny Peebucks Nothing comes over me, nothing like inspiration… ”. When the four-beat hi-hat sizzles, the song comes out of the speakers. Awesome, poppy, but lyrically not Street Punk straight out of the mid- ‘90s. Such a good fucking song.

1. Cock Sparrer – We’re coming back.
Sparrer has been getting rid of jams intermittently since 1972(starting with Cockney Sparrow), and just released one of their best albums, Forever, “last month. The first time I heard We are coming back ”and the rest of the Shock troops ” LP(on a tenth generation dubbed tape of dubious quality), I was confused: I could imagine Girl Scouts (guides in your vernacular) innocently singing these tunes while selling cookies door-to-door. However, the lyrics were as harsh as anything I’d heard, with a big growl and FU to politicians of all stripes and record directors, crazy kids turned brass, working under the table while collecting a check. / -that unemployment, alcohol fights and fucking, and what have you got. The mix of schoolyard melodies and backstreet lyrics made this album and band perfect. We’re Coming Back ”is absolutely the perfect hymn to friendship, camera, and giving ten fingers to the lucky ones. Put on that song and the drinks fly away, hearts start to glow, and just see the smiles… ”

Don’t forget to attend the Dropkick Murphys live at this year’s Rock Werchter, check out the lineup below:

Posted on June 22, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

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