The Dropkick Murphys are a fun band if you sort of like boozy punk rock or really like booze and don’t mind gross Irish American stereotypes. The Dropkicks were once just another band from Boston, playing Warped Tours and trying to sell records like every other band.

Then the collective professional sports franchises become unimaginably successful. And the Dropkick Murphys spied an opportunity.

The Dropkick Murphys quickly attached themselves to the Boston Red Sox, writing song after song with Lansdowne Street pre-gaming in mind. They didn’t hesitate glomming onto the Boston Bruins, ensure Bostonians of all stripe have familiar songs to sing.

No player is associated as closely with DKM than former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, he of the “Shipping Up to Boston” walk-out music. At least, that was his music.

Papelbon, of course, signed with the Phillies this off-season for approximately eleventy billion dollars. Which is all well and good, can’t knock the hustle. The band doesn’t harbour any ill will towards Paps, he remains a spokeperson for the band’s charity The Claddagh Fund. They only have one thing for the former Red Sox reliever: he has to change his music. The Murphys decree it.

“He can’t use ‘Shipping Up To Boston,’” [Murphys' lead singer Ken] Casey said. “That’s a Boston song. One of the Philadelphia radio guys suggested ‘Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya.’”

“And I have to get with the new Sox closer [Andrew Bailey] to let him know he can use ‘Shipping Up To Boston,’” Casey adds. “That’s not Pap’s song. That’s the closer’s song.”

That’s the closer’s song! Whether Bailey wants to use it or not, that is his new music. No pressure, just follow the act of one of baseball’s best closers for the past six years by mimicking his act as closely as possible!

The Murphys played two shows at Fenway Park in August and now have a live record to show for it, which you can buy if you are so inclined. They are also releasing a limited edition 7″ picture disc on Bridge Nine records, which is pretty cool if you ask me (you didn’t.) It has a baseball on it, what more could you want? What’s that? Better songs? Sorry, can’t help you.

Comments (6)

  1. I dunno, I enjoy me some Dropkick once in a while. And weren’t they associated with the Celtics back when they were godawful in the mid-late 90s?

  2. my guess is papelface already decided to change songs…or that the dropkicks are trying to juice him for some more loot. something tells me that warner bros. (their record label) probably has more to say about who uses what music than they do. it’s not like these jagoffs asked for “complete control”…they’re about as punk as green day. again, not to knock them, but acting like this is an integrity thing is so ridiculous.

  3. The Murphys have been associated with the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox long before those clubs were successful. They’ve performed “Nutty” (an old Bruin’s theme) for years, “Time to Go” is another Bruins’ song that was on their 2003 Blackout album, they released “Tessie” as a single on a 5 song EP during the 2004 season (which also contained a version of “Nutty”), and on the song “Caps and Bottles” ends with a fake soundbyte of the Celtics winning their 15th championship (found on both their 1997 debut EP Boys on the Docks, and their 2001 album Sing Loud, Sing Proud).

    …but why let facts get in the way of an attempt at a good story?

    • Claiming that supporting the Red Sox in 2004 is “long before those clubs were successful” is a pretty silly thing to say.

      • That was one example for the Red Sox, pointing out that the single came out during the season, not after the World Series. If you’d like another, Johnny Damon and Trot Nixon were at some of the early 2000s St. Patrick’s Day/Week shows along with Bruins Nick Boynton and Brian Rolston, and pre- “The Fighter” Mickey Ward.

        The point is/was, that Dropkick Murphys have associated themselves with the Boston sports scene prior to the recent success of the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox.

    • You’re right. They totally aren’t shameless at all. IT IS I WHO FEELS THE SHAME.

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