Punk musicians are a prickly bunch and Irish punks may be the prickliest and most anti-establishment of all.
The Massachusetts-based American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, however, has found a politician to admire in Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, who just happens to moonlight in a Celtic rock band himself. Dropkick Murphys’ members this week tweeted their approval of O’Malley’s use of their platinum hit, “Shipping Up to Boston,” saying the candidate “stands up for working people.”
It was a marked change from last January, when the band assailed former Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker for using the song during an Iowa appearance. “We literally hate you,” the band told the anti-union governor of Wisconsin on Twitter. (Walker, who was trailing his rivals for the GOP nomination, dropped out of the race this week.)
The band’s song “Shipping Up to Boston” first gained notice as the theme music to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, a fictionalized depiction of the notorious South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. It’s since become a kind of unofficial Boston anthem. The song actually is a cover of an old Woody Guthrie composition.
For those interested, the band is named for a popular Massachusetts professional wrestler, who opened a well-known sanitarium for alcoholics after he retired.