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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys were formed in 1995 by Mike McColgan (vocals), Ken Casey (bass guitar), Rick Barton (formerly of Boston punk pop act, the Outlets)(guitar). After cycling through a series of drummers the band settled on Fit For Abuse vocalist, Matt Kelly in 1997. The band put out a series of EPs andwere signed by Hellcat Records releasing their first full length album, Do or Die, in the same year. Soon after the album's release vocalist Mike McColgan leftthe band citing his inability to commit to touring.

McColgan was replaced by former Bruisers singer Al Barr. 1999 saw the rele ...read more

Dropkick Murphys were formed in 1995 by Mike McColgan (vocals), Ken Casey (bass guitar), Rick Barton (formerly of Boston punk pop act, the Outlets)(guitar). After cycling through a series of drummers the band settled on Fit For Abuse vocalist, Matt Kelly in 1997. The band put out a series of EPs andwere signed by Hellcat Records releasing their first full length album, Do or Die, in the same year. Soon after the album's release vocalist Mike McColgan leftthe band citing his inability to commit to touring.

McColgan was replaced by former Bruisers singer Al Barr. 1999 saw the release of their follow up album The Gang's All Here and major changes were onthe way. Lars Frederiksen who had produced Dropkick Murphys' first two albums exited to pursue other interests and Rick Barton left after gettingmarried. James Lynch from local band Ducky Boys was picked by Barton to replace him in the group. The band also recruited another guitarist, MarcOrrell, (also a self-taught accordionist.) as well as Spicy McHaggis (bagpipes) and Ryan Foltz (mandolin / tin whistle).

In 2001 Dropkick Murphys released the album Sing Loud Sing Proud. The album show cased the developing sound of the band and included collaborationswith ex-Pogues Shane MacGowan and Cock Sparrer's Colin McFaull. Their next album Blackout was released in 2003. Prior to the album's release, SpicyMcHaggis left the band "because he was whipped," and Foltz also left. Joshua "Scruffy" Wallace filled in bagpipe duties, and Tim Brennan took up mandolin,tin whistle and acoustic guitar. The new album included the radio hit Walk Away, as well as the song Fields of Athenry which made its debut on thecompilation album Blackout.

In 2005, the Dropkick Murphys released Singles Collection Volume 2, featuring covers, b-sides and other stuff that didn't make it onto previous albums.Their latest studio album, The Warrior's Code was released on June 21st of 2005 sporting the singles "Sunshine Highway" and "Tessie." There are alsosome rumours of a future album that will most likely be recorded in 2006 and released in 2007. No plans of that statement have been made as of yet.

One of the best acts in punk today, and a varied excellent lineup to go with it.

"Did he ever return, no he never returned and his fate is still unknown.He may ride forever neath the Streets of Boston, he's a skinhead who never returned.

The band released Meanest of Times in 2007. « hide

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LPs
Signed And Sealed In Blood
01/08/2013

3.1
81 Votes
Going Out In Style
2011

3.7
157 Votes
The Meanest of Times
2007

3.7
262 Votes
The Warrior's Code
2005

3.8
372 Votes
Blackout
2003

3.8
254 Votes
Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
2001

3.8
174 Votes
The Gang's All Here
1999

3.5
132 Votes
Do or Die
1998

3.6
144 Votes
EPs
Tessie
2004

3.7
5 Votes
Boys on the Docks
1997

3.7
13 Votes
Live Albums
Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA
2010

4.1
27 Votes
Live on St. Patrick's Day from Boston
2002

4
55 Votes
Compilations
Going Out In Style: Fenway Park Bonus Edition
2011

The Singles Collection, Volume 2
2005

3.5
47 Votes
The Singles Collection, Vol. 1
2000

3.2
28 Votes

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