Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dropkick Murphys: Acoustic Sessions (1998)

I've followed the Dropkick Murphys since their first album but never felt they delivered a full album worthy of their influences till this years Going Out in Style. Trying to meld two disparate genres (Irish folk and American hardcore), each with a history of glamorizing violence, requires a deft song-writing touch to keep all that aggro from overwhelming the proceedings. While Going Out in Style is still a flinty, hard-nosed affair, the eleven new songs (plus two from back in the mists of time) have a vintage freshness about them, steeped in history but fully in the moment.

A crucial fact is while the band's sound is reasonably consistent from album to album, they've been adventurous in their collaboration, willing to throw in their lot with the likes of Woody Guthrie, The Boston Red Sox (and The Bruins!), Aerosmith, director Martin Scorsese, The Pogues' Shane McGowan, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bruce Springsteen, The Dubliners' Ronnie Drew, NOFX'S Fat Mike and organized labour in general damnnit!.

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  2. cheers for this jeffen.i sneaked their version of rocky road to dublin on to the playlist at my wedding.happy days!

  3. thanx for this
    and all your
    great posts

  4. Their recent political action put me off them.

  5. I still haven't decided whether the Murphys or Flogging Molly do the Irish punk thing best. Thanks for this one!!

  6. New podcast up today featuring Bad Brains amonst others come have a listen.

    Love Dropkick Murphy's version of Amazing Grace.

  7. Excellent! Myself and my good lady had the Spicy McHaggis Jig as the last song at our wedding (started with Nick Cave as our first dance) - fitted in quite well with the evening of classic punk, ska and metal

  8. Thank You for having such a great blog you have given a grandpa punk reason to continue living

  9. Gob/Str8

    The Murphys would be great wedding music!


    I was inspired by it - but then I'm a teacher!

    I think FM do it well too, I'm just waiting for a consistent album from them.

    "Grandpa punk" hells yeah!

  10. would there be anymore murphy's acoustic stuff? that reminded me so much of the first time I heard them, it was them and the clash that got me onto punk. Last murphy's album was class.


    its a lp rip?


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