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Dropkick Murphys are a Celtic Punk band formed in the Irish Catholic working class neighborhoods of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA. They practiced in the basement of a friend's barbershop, blending punk rock, Oi!, Irish folk, rock, and hardcore into something they could call their own. Their influences include such outfits as Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, and The Clash, but most importantly, the Real McKenzies and the Swinging Utters. Their name was taken from a local rehab center. They typically close their concerts with "Skinhead on the MBTA," a parody of "The MTA Song." The band has made a name for themselves and built a following by their non stop touring all over the world and their famous St. Patricks Day weekend shows which are held every year in Boston.

Band history

Dropkick Murphys were formed in 1996 by Mike McColgan on vocals, Ken Casey on bass guitar, Rick Barton on guitars. After a series of drummers, the band settled on Matt Kelly in 1997. The band put out a series of EPs and were signed by Hellcat Records. In 1998, they released their first full length album, Do or Die. Soon after the album's release, McColgan left the band, citing his inability to commit to touring. He was replaced by Al Barr, formerly of The Bruisers. In 1999, they released their follow-up album, The Gang's All Here. Following the release, Lars Frederiksen, who had produced Dropkick's first two albums, exited to pursue other interests, and Barton also left the band, after getting married. He personally named James Lynch, a guitarist with local band, The Ducky Boys as his successor. The band also recruited a second guitarist, Marc Orrell, who was also a self-taught accordionist and pianist. The band also employed a full-time piper, Robbie "Spicy McHaggis Mederios and Ryan Foltz on mandolin and tin whistle.

In 2001, Dropkick released the album Sing Loud, Sing Proud!. The album showcased their developing sound, and included collaborations with former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and Cock Sparrer's Colin McFaull. Their next album, Blackout, was released in 2003. Prior to the album's release, McHaggis left the band to get married. James "Scruffy" Wallace filled in bagpipe duties, and Tim Brennan was employed as a full-time accordionist, not before Foltz left after the tour, allowing Brennan to assume tin whistle, acoustic guitar and mandolin duties. The new album included the radio hit "Walk Away," as well as the song "Fields of Athenry," which made its debut on the compilation album Atticus: Dragging the Lake Vol. 2. In late 2003 Ken and Al joined former "Dropkick Murphys" singer Mike McColgan on the song "Stand Up" which was featured on the debut album by Mike's new band, the Street Dogs called Savin Hill. Ken was set to produce the album but was unable to due to his busy schedule with the Murphys. Around the same time the band released a re-working of the Boston Red Sox anthem, Tessie. Their version became the official song of the Boston Red Sox amazing 2004 World Series run and the band was able to share in the experience of the Red Sox winning the World Series championship.

In 2005, the Dropkick Murphys released "Singles Collection Volume 2", featuring covers, b-sides, and other material that didn't make it onto previous albums. "Tessie" was used throughout the major motion picture Fever Pitch which starred Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. The band was even invited to the premiere of the movie which was held at Fenway Park where the video was also shot. Their fifth (and latest) studio album, The Warrior's Code was released on June 21, 2005. It features the singles "Sunshine Highway", "The Warrior's Code" as well as the bonus track, "Tessie". After the tour of The Warrior's Code, Dropkick Murphys have confirmed that they are taking a break from touring. There is rumored a sixth studio album yet to be recorded, but the band confirmed that it may not happen until likely towards the end of 2006 or beginning of 2007.

Discography

Studio Albums

* Do or Die (199Cool
* The Gang's All Here (1999)
* Sing Loud Sing Proud(2001)
* Blackout (2003)
* The Warrior's Code (2005)

Live and Compilation Albums

* The Early Years (199Cool
* The Singles Collection, Volume 1 (2000)
* Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA (2003)
* Singles Collection, Volume 2 (2005)

EPs

* Boys on the Docks (1997)
* Tessie (2004)

Singles

* Fire and Brimstone (1997)
* Tattoos and Scally Caps (1997)
* Curse of Fallen Soul (199Cool
* Good Rats (2000)
* Live on a Five (2000)
* Walk Away (2003)
* Time to Go: Promotional Single (2003)
* Fields of Athenry (2003)
* Back to the Hub (2003)
* Fields of Athenry: Andrew Farrar Memorial (2005) Memorial single

Splits

* DKM/Ducky Boys Spilt 7 inch (1997)
* DKM/Bruisers Split 7 inch (1997)
* Anti-Heros vs Dropkick Murphys (1997)
* DKM/Oxymoron Split (199Cool
* Mob Mentality 7" (Split with The Business) (1999)
* Unity (Split with Agnostic Front) (1999)
* This Is The Eastcoast (...Not L.A.) (Split with H2O) (2000)
* Mob Mentality CD (Split with The Business) (2000)
* Face to Face vs Dropkick Murphys (2002)

Compilations

* Runt of the Litter, Vol. 2 (1996)
* Give 'Em The Boot (1997) - Includes "Barroom Hero (original version)"
* Give 'Em The Boot Vol. 2 (1999) - Includes "The Gang's All Here"
* Vans Off The Wall Sampler (1999) - Includes "Boston Asphalt"
* Punk Rock Jukebox Vol. 3 (1999) - Includes "Vengeance"
* Built For Speed - A Motorhead Tribute (1999) - Includes "Rock And Roll"
* Punch Drunk (1999) - Includes "You're A Rebel"
* Boston Drops The Gloves: A Tribute To Slapshot (1999) - Includes "I've Had Enough"
* Punch Drunk Vol. 2 (2000) - Includes "Soundtrack To A Killing Spree"
* A Worldwide Tribute To Oi (2000) - Includes "Hey Little Rich Boy" and "Never Again"
* Back On The Streets - Japanese/American Punk Unity (2000) - Includes "Halloween" and "Soundtrack To A Killing Spree"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 5 (2000) - Includes "Good Rats (Original Version)"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 6 (2001) - Includes "The Gauntlet"
* A Tribute To Cock Sparrer (2001) - Includes "Working"
* Give 'Em The Boot Vol. 3 (2002) - Includes "The Legend Of Finn McCummhail"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 7 (2002) - Includes "Heroes From Our Past"
* Atticus: Dragging The Lake Vol. 2 (2003) - Includes "Fields Of Athenry"
* 2003 Warped Tour Compilation (2003) - Includes "Walk Away"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 8 (2003) - Includes "Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight"
* Give 'Em The Boot Vol. 4 (2004) - Includes "I'm Shipping Up To Boston (original version)"
* Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 (2004) - Includes "We Got the Power"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 9 (2004) - Includes "The Dirty Glass"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 10 (2005) - Includes "The Warrior's Code"
* Fever Pitch Soundtrack (2005) - Includes "Tessie"
* Tony Hawk's American Wasteland soundtrack (2005) - Includes "Who is Who"
* 2005 Warped Tour Compilation (2005) - Includes "Sunshine Highway"
* Whiskey In The Jar: Essential Irish Drinking Songs And Sing Alongs (2006) - Includes "Fields Of Athenry", "The Wild Rover" and "The Dirty Glass"

DVDs

* Vans Warped Tour 2003 (2003) - Includes "Black Velvet Band (Live)"
* Punk-O-Rama Vol. 1 (2003) - Includes the videos for "Barroom Hero" and "The Gauntlet"
* On The Road With The Dropkick Murphys (2004)
* Punk Rock Holocaust (2004)
* Give 'Em The Boot (2005) - Includes "Good Rats (Live)"

http://www.dropkickmurphys.com
http://www.myspace.com/dropkickmurphys

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From left to right: Marc Orell, Tim Brennan, James Lynch, Al Barr, Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, Scruffy Wallace.

Al Barr - Lead Vocals
Ken Casey - Lead Vocals, Bass
Matt Kelly - Drums, Bodhran, Vocals
James Lynch - Guitar, Vocals
Marc Orrell - Guitar, Accordion, Vocals
Tim Brennan - Mandolin, Accordion
Scruffy Wallace - Bagpipes
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July 7th, 2006 at 06:25pm
Does anyone like them?
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July 7th, 2006 at 06:33pm
I heard their song on the radio yesterday!

Totally forgot what it was called, went something like this

"We're the first ones to die...something something pie in the sky..."

Lol!

I liked it though.

Maybe I'll download some stuff when I get bored.
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July 7th, 2006 at 11:56pm
They make me happy.
Or sad.
Depends on the song. xD
Like.. The Green Fields of France.
It's sad.
O_o
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July 8th, 2006 at 06:13am
Yeah. O_O
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July 10th, 2006 at 06:47am
I've only heard like one song.
World Full Of Hate.

What're some I should download?

*attempts to revive thread*
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July 10th, 2006 at 06:51am
Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced, The Green Fields Of France, Sunshine Highway, Bastards On Parade.
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July 10th, 2006 at 06:52am
Aha! So that's where Stevi got his screen name. Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced. -_-

I feel dumb, aye.
I shouldn't got more into this band, I liked World Full Of Hate.
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July 10th, 2006 at 06:55am
Pshhhhhhht.
Hannah = Cool
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July 10th, 2006 at 12:04pm
HAI.
I love DKM.
Cool
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July 10th, 2006 at 12:05pm
HAI.
YOU PWN.
KTHX. Cool

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a370/too_perfect32/omgwtf.jpg

They love their fans that much. Cool
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July 10th, 2006 at 12:09pm
LOL
Very Happy
You told me about that thing once.
Cassie
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July 10th, 2006 at 12:10pm
I know. Cassie

They also have pictures of their own concerts on their site Cool
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July 10th, 2006 at 12:13pm
AL IS WEARING A CELTIC TRACKSUIT TOP IN THAT PICTURE OF THERE.
OMG LIKE MY FAVOURITE FOOTBALL TEAM.
Cassie Cassie Cassie
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July 10th, 2006 at 12:42pm
Cassie Al's voice is just wonderful.
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September 2nd, 2006 at 11:36am
I only have one album, but I like it quite a lot. I've been meaning to get more for a long time.
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September 2nd, 2006 at 12:13pm
Wewt.

They're touring with Less Than Jake and The Living End in the UK.

GO SEE THEM FOR ME BECAUSE I CAN'T. LUCKY FOOLS.
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September 3rd, 2006 at 12:43pm
Psycho:
Wewt.

They're touring with Less Than Jake and The Living End in the UK.

GO SEE THEM FOR ME BECAUSE I CAN'T. LUCKY FOOLS.
Going! Cant wait!! Its gonna be rather fantastic Laughing
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September 3rd, 2006 at 12:51pm
I'm seeing them in November!
I got my tickets 2 weeks ago Cool
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September 4th, 2006 at 10:09pm
i love the dropkick murphys im so glad a punk band finally came out of boston! i was waiting for this for a long time! the video for the warrior's code is really cool and i think its awesome to see a punk band with a bagpipeist oh yea one of the boxers in warrior's code is from lowell mass which is like right next to my home town Smile
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