In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

Dropkick Murphys at the 2011 Cisco Ottawa Blue...

Dropkick Murphys at the 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. By: Brennan Schnell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although a little late, I’ve always been looking for an excuse to share with our readers some rather under-appreciated punk music.

I’ve never been a big fan of the old Irish sea shanty sort of music. I’ve been in my friend’s car enough times with the Irish channel open on Pandora. Some of it is pretty boring. However, when mixed with punk music some of it can be pretty interesting.

Let’s start with something many consider classic. Perhaps the progenitor or backbone of what this article is really about. I’m talking about, of course, The Pogues.

While not necessarily maintaining a punk sound, you can definitely tell that these guys are punkers. In my mind, I’d throw these guys in with Sex Pistols-era punk music if anything.

You’ll notice quite a bit of the Irish influence. In fact, these are all great drinking songs, the more I think about it. Flogging Molly is a bit more aggressive than The Pogues, and I hope you can see the influence.

When I was much younger I always heard about this band, but never gave them a chance. I heard this song somewhere once and fell in love. Maybe it was novelty, but it has a certain brand of ‘fun’ analogous to crunk rap music. Good for parties, and good for drinking.

Then we have another modern classic band, Dropkick Murphys.

I’m sure you’ll notice that this particular is a little more shouty and more punk in nature than the previous two. You can hear the instrumentation having that ‘chanty’ vibe.

I’m not well-versed on this sort of music. I’ve a gaggle of Irish friends who dig this sort of music, and I have a decent amount of exposure to it.

What they probably don’t know is that music like this exists:

When I tell people there’s an Asian equivalent to every English genre, folks don’t believe me! Ah well, I think I actually heard this before I heard the likes of Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly.

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