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Dropkick Murphys Discography: A Guide to the Celtic Punk Legends

Dropkick Murphys Discography: A Guide to the Celtic Punk Legends

Dropkick Murphys are one of the most popular and influential Celtic punk bands in the world. Formed in Boston, MA, in 1996, they have released twelve studio albums, three live albums, three compilation albums, and dozens of singles and music videos. Their discography spans over 25 years of music history, blending Oi!, hardcore, folk, and Irish traditions. Here is a guide to their discography, from their debut album Do or Die to their latest release Okemah Rising.

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Do or Die (1998)

The first album by Dropkick Murphys was released on Hellcat Records, a label run by members of Rancid and connected to Epitaph Records. It featured original vocalist Mike McColgan, who left the band after the album to pursue his career as a firefighter. The album introduced the band's signature sound of fast and furious punk rock with Irish influences, such as bagpipes, tin whistle, and mandolin. Some of the standout tracks include "Barroom Hero", "Boys on the Docks", and "Skinhead on the MBTA".

The Gang's All Here (1999)

The second album by Dropkick Murphys marked the debut of Al Barr as the new lead singer, replacing McColgan. Barr brought a more aggressive and raspy voice to the band, adding to their intensity and energy. The album also featured more political and social commentary in the lyrics, such as "10 Years of Service", "The Fighting 69th", and "Citizen CIA". The album also included a cover of "Amazing Grace" with bagpipes.

Sing Loud, Sing Proud! (2001)

The third album by Dropkick Murphys was a breakthrough for the band, as it expanded their musical range and audience. The album featured guest appearances by Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, Colin McFaull of Cock Sparrer, and The Boston Pops Orchestra. The album also included some of their most popular songs, such as "The Spicy McHaggis Jig", "The Gauntlet", and "The Wild Rover". The album also showcased their love for their hometown of Boston, with songs like "For Boston" and "The Rocky Road to Dublin".

Blackout (2003)

The fourth album by Dropkick Murphys was another success for the band, as it reached number 83 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured more melodic and catchy songs, such as "Walk Away", "Fields of Athenry", and "Time to Go". The album also included a tribute to legendary boxer Rocky Marciano in "The Warrior's Code". The album also featured a hidden track called "Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced", which became a fan favorite and a staple of their live shows.

The Warrior's Code (2005)

The fifth album by Dropkick Murphys was their first to be certified gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies in the US. The album featured some of their most iconic songs, such as "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", which was used in the movie The Departed and became their biggest hit; "The Auld Triangle", which featured vocals by all six members of the band; and "Tessie", which was an old song associated with the Boston Red Sox baseball team and helped them break their 86-year curse in 2004. The album also included a cover of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" with bagpipes.

The Meanest of Times (2007)

The sixth album by Dropkick Murphys was their first to be released on their own label, Born & Bred Records. The album featured more personal and introspective songs, such as "Flannigan's Ball", which was dedicated to Ken Casey's grandfather; "God Willing", which dealt with addiction and recovery; and "Fairmount Hill", which was about Casey's childhood neighborhood. The album also included some anthemic songs, such as "The State of Massachusetts", "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya 0efd9a6b88


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