Dropkick Murphys
Boys on the Docks


3.0
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Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
December 12th, 2009 | 6 replies | 3,401 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Boys on the Docks” is virtually what put the Dropkick Murphys on the map; a starting point in which the Murphys greatly improved on.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It’s hard to believe that just twelve years ago, the world knew nothing of the Dropkick Murphys. Before the cult following, bagpipes, and Irish drinking songs, was a Boston based punk rock band that was just trying to make it. Fronted by original singer Mike McColgan, the Murphys released several EPs in order to strike a record deal. The ultimate of these, “Boys on the Docks” is virtually what put the Dropkick Murphys on the map, for the band authorized a deal with Hellcat Records the following year.

“Boys on the Docks” is essentially a stark contrast to the band’s present day works. On this particular EP, the bagpipes, accordions, and Irish flutes are missing, and vocalists Al Barr and Ken Casey play a much smaller role than Murphys fans are used to. For what “Boys on the Docks” lacks however, is simply accommodated for with sheer intensity. This EP accurately portrays what is to come in following records “Do or Die,” and “The Gang’s All Here;” its hard-hitting punk and sludgy production fundamentally define the band’s early sound. “Boys on the Docks” is your typical punk rock EP, for it features six tracks in which do not even encompass fifteen minutes.

Out of the six tracks, two are original versions of Dropkick Murphys songs that were recognized on upcoming releases, Boys on the Docks and Caps and Bottles. The title track is practically a testament to the Murphys’ worldview, “Say hey johnny boy, the battle call United we stand, divided we fall.” The band has certainly stood by these beliefs throughout their career, from the group vocals on “Do or Die’s” Skinhead on the MBTA to the gang loyalty in “The Meanest of Times’” Famous for Nothing. The proceeding tracks are certainly no exception, for Never Alone claims that, “We got loyal friends, we keep our heads held high,” and Caps and Bottles advocates defending those closest to you. The fighting nature of Caps and Bottles is even introduced by a broadcast of a hockey fight during a Boston Bruins game.

“Boys on the Docks” does suffer due in large part to no variety, for every track is your typical punk song with accelerated pace and brutal vocals. McColgan may not have the lasting effect that Barr and Casey do are front men however, his cleaner yet still hazy singing provides the record with a great deal of edge and character. Fans of the more recent Dropkick Murphys work may be stunned at the differences of “Boys on the Docks,” but this EP is basically how the Murphys became the band they are today. From the downright angry Eurotrash to the fiery Front Seat, this 1997 release displayed enough potential for the band to get off their feet and develop into the Celtic rock outfit that many know and love.

Recommended Tracks:
Boys on the Docks
Caps and Bottles
Front Seat



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EVedder27
December 12th 2009



6088 Comments


That'll do it for the discography. Thank you for all of you that followed my reviews.

Blindsided
December 12th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, not that expected any less from you. What's next for Vedder? I'd like to see you review Eddie's solo album for Into The Wild.

EVedder27
December 12th 2009



6088 Comments


Thanks Joe, I may take you up on that. Going to try some negative reviews soon as well. I need to develop those a bit more than the ones I've done.

Blindsided
December 12th 2009



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find those much easier to do than praising something. I am waiting for my copy of Blackout then I need to find a source for Warriors Code and Meanest of Times that isn't outrageously priced.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2009



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

another great review, pos'd. good ep as well

EVedder27
December 12th 2009



6088 Comments


Thanks AliW.



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