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Old 03-08-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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Dropkick Fans... comments and thoughts on my unofficial Best Of

Okay, so this isn't not all that useful for long since the new studio album is due in 3 months, and probably leans too heavily on the material from Singles Vol. 2 since I'm hearing most of it for the first time... but this is my 54 track (plus bonus track) 2 Disc Best of the Dropkick Murphys. I thought about going for one hardcore disc and one folksy disc... but I think the dynamics of the band's sound are best presented with all of it meshed together. All tracks are studio album versions unless otherwise noted.

Disc One

1. Cadence to Arms
2. Do or Die
3. 10 Years of Service
4. It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll)
5. Rocky Road to Dublin
6. Wild Rover (with Shane McGowan)
7. John Law
8. Boys on the Docks (original 7" version)
9. Never Alone
10. Mob Mentality
11. I'm Shipping Up to Boston
12. Black Velvet Band
13. World Full of Hate
14. The Burden (live)
15. Fairytale of New York (live)
16. The Dirty Glass
17. Caught in a Jar
18. Dirty Water (live)
19. Pipebomb on Landsdowne
20. Curse of a Fallen Soul
21. Good Rats (with Shane McGowan)
22. Fortunate Son
23. Finnegan's Wake
24. Amazing Grace (live)
25. Barroom Hero (original 7" version
26. The Gang's All Here (live)
27. Spicy McHaggis Jig

Disc Two
1. For Boston
2. 21 Guitar Salute
3. The Fighting 69th
4. The Gauntlet
5. Watch Your Back
6. Firestarter Karaoke
7. Eurotrash
8. Halloween
9. Walk Away
10. Upstarts and Broken Hearts
11. Tessie
12. Nutty
13. Workers' Song
14. Career Opportunities (live)
15. Gonna Be a Blackout Tonight
16. Which Side Are You On?
17. Working
18. Fields of Athenry
19. The Torch
20. Forever
21. Vengeance
22. We Got the Power
23. You're Dead
24. Alcohol
25. Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced
26. Road of the Righteous
27. Skinhead on the MBTA
Bonus Track - Pipebomb on Landsdowne (Dance Remix)
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:58 PM   #2
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My list of what I think to be their best would look quite different.

I guess I mainly just wouldnt have virtually any songs from either of those 'singles' cds. By the way, calling those cds 'singles' albums is about as misleading as can be.....
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Old 03-08-2005, 11:41 PM   #3
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I rather like the stuff on the Singles Volume 2. At least that one does have the subtitle to clarify the actual content
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well that's a huge list for a best of.

I would shorten it to a single disc. My list would look really different, but I know off the top of my head that I would not include "Black Velvet Band" or "Fields of Athenry"-I really don't like their versions of either of those songs.

And if you're going to include "The Dirty Glass," I would use the version on their split with Face to Face, I think it's much better.

I also think "Buried Alive" is the best track on "Blackout," so I'd include that.

If you're going to include covers, I think their cover of "Nobody's Hero" is quite good (and plus, it gives a nod to SLF who are amazing).
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The original one I had was one disc, and it just wasn't enough. I'm a fan of excess.
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ha!!

i'm not the only one!!

firestarter karaoke!

it's fightstarter, i think. i'm confused as hell right now. all i know is that i had it wrong for years.


i'd leave off "i'm shipping up to boston"

and walk away.

and i'd put on 'as one'.

actually, i'm going to make my own 2 disc best of now...ah, the power of suggestion
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I think I'm Shipping Up is funny.

And yes. You're right. It is Fightstarter Karaoke. Wow, I feel rather stupid. I've been calling it that for years and wondering why it was called such
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dance remix eh...
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C'mon, it's a funny track. And it's only a bonus one, not part of the main set.


Like, when I'm on Landsdowne, and I'm lookin' to score... this chick comes up, and I'm like "Hey baby, you wanna boogey?" And she's like, "why don't you buy me a drink....?"
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I think I'm Shipping Up is funny.

And yes. You're right. It is Fightstarter Karaoke. Wow, I feel rather stupid. I've been calling it that for years and wondering why it was called such

....TO FIND MY WOODEN LEG!!!!!




i think it's funny that i wasn't the only person who made that mistake. i must have been calling it "firestarter karaoke" for 4 years before i noticed i was wrong
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C'mon, it's a funny track. And it's only a bonus one, not part of the main set.


Like, when I'm on Landsdowne, and I'm lookin' to score... this chick comes up, and I'm like "Hey baby, you wanna boogey?" And she's like, "why don't you buy me a drink....?"
yeah, that song cracks me up.



it's friday night and the streets are filled with rich little fucking college pussy faggots
i'm gonna get a fucking gun and shoot them all right in the balls!
everybody's running out, body's hit the ground
you better take cover it's a pipebomb on lansdowne
everybody's running out, body's hit the ground
you better take cover it's a pipebomb on lansdowne.......
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If you're going to include covers, I think their cover of "Nobody's Hero" is quite good (and plus, it gives a nod to SLF who are amazing).

It is very good, and these discs will go through major revision once the new album is released. (mostly the singles disc tracks will be reduced, and I probably will add "Buried Alive" and take off "Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced". And I think in order to do a Murphys comp, you have to include covers. I know I went overboard, but I love their covers, and they comprise a large portion of their catalog. About a fourth of the tracks on the studio albums if you count the traditional songs, not to mention all the stuff that shows up on singles and comps.
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i forgot to say something earlier, nice including of "the burden"
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Well, here is the revamped version with the new album. Singles volume 2 has been considerably reduced now that the newness has worn off. Also, added "Buried Alive" and a few other tracks from other albums, along with stuff from Warrior's Code. I'm very, very, very satisfied with the flow, and there are a few spots I really love for emotional resonance. ("The Last Letter Home" -> "Fields of Athenry"). And I still can't bring myself to get rid of "Tessie," even though I know it's not actually that good... it's fun and it's an important part of DKM history. I used goldwave to edit out the extra stuff on "The Gang's All Here" and "Spicy McHaggis Jig"

Disc One:

1 Cadence to Arms
2 Do or Die
3 Boys on the Docks (original version)
4 10 Years of Service
5 Worker's Song
6 21 Guitar Salute
7 Sunshine Highway
8 Fightstarter Karaoke
9 Wild Rover (Shane M. version)
10 The Gauntlet
11 Road of the Righteous
12 Upstarts and Broken Hearts
13 The Torch
14 World Full of Hate
15 Far Away Coast
16 I'm Shipping Up to Boston
17 The Auld Triangle
18 Finnegan's Wake
19 Which Side Are You On?
20 It's a Long Way to the Top
21 Eurotrash
22 Curse of a Fallen Soul
23 The Spicy McHaggis Jig
24 Walk Away
25 Captain Kelly's Kitchen
26 The Last Letter Home
27 Fields of Athenry

Disc Two
1 For Boston
2 Your Spirit's Alive
3 Barroom Hero
4 Gonna Be a Blackout
5 Never Alone
6 Fortunate Son
7 Pipedown
8 Working
9 Buried Alive
10 Caught in a Jar
11 Black Velvet Band
12 Forever
13 The Green Fields of France
14 Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced
15 The Fighting 69th
16 The Rocky Road to Dublin
17 The Warrior's Code
18 The Burden
19 Mob Mentality
20 John Law
21 Billy's Bones
22 Amazing Grace (live)
23 The Gang's All Here
24 The Dirty Glass
25 Good Rats
26 Tessie (with world series clip)
27 Skinhead on the MBTA
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