01. 21 Guitar Salute
02. Fortunate Son
03. On The Attack
04. You're A Rebel
05. Watch Your Back
07. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll)
10. Pipebomb On Lansdowne
11. Nobody's Hero
12. Mob Mentality
14. Nutty (Nutrocker)
15. Rock '
The Singles Collection, Vol. 2
This Compilation covers a bunch of songs we recorded in the years 1998- 2004 for various singles, compilations and splits.
It is by no means an exhaustive list but incorporates most of the good stuff. Anything that's not here either sounded bad, we couldn't find or forgot about.
Thanks to all the labels for asking us to be part of their releases and to the bands who inspired us and don't mind us butchering their songs.
The Singles Collection, Vol. 2
1. 21 Guitar Salute Written by Andre Schlesinger. Taken from the split CD with Face to Face. 2002 Vagrant Records. Andre & The Press said they always wished they had put bagpipes in the outro to this song, so we took a shot at it for them. We first saw this band in a squat in 1987; the only way in was through a hole in the floor.
2. Fortunate Son Written by John C. Fogarty. Published by Jondora Music BMI. Taken from the split CD with Face to Face. 2002 Vagrant Records. Some folks have, others have not. A true working class rebel song.
3. On the Attack Written by Dropkick Murphys. Published by Boston Scally Punk ASCAP. Taken from the 7" single "Curse Of A Fallen Soul". 199 TKO Records & Knock Out Records This song documents the influence Boston Hardcore had on us musically and personally.
4. You're A Rebel Written by Iron Cross. Taken from the 7" single "Curse Of A Fallen Soul". 1998 TKO Records and Knock Out Records. The Hated and the Proud 7" was always one of our favorites so it was an honor to hear Iron Cross liked our version.
5. Watch Your Back Written by Cock Sparrer (Beaufoy/Bruce/Burgess/Mcfaull). Taken from the 7" split single with Oxymoron. 198 Flat Records & Knock Out Records. Cock Sparrer is one of the greatest oi bands to ever exist and this is one of their best songs.
6. Vengeance Written by Shane MacGowan & K. Bradley. Published by Rockin' Music USA BMI Taken from the compilation "Punk Rock Jukebox Volume II". 1999 Blackout Records. Shane MacGowan's first band, The Nipple Erectors, later shortened to The Nips. Lars helped out on vocals on this number.
7. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock'N'Roll) Written by A. Young/M. Young/B. Scott. 1975 J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd, Australia. Taken from Blackout 10' vinyl release. 2003 Hellcat Records. One of AC/DC's best and quite possibly the first marriage of bagpipes and rock'n'roll.
8. Warlords Written by the F.U.'s Taken from the 7" single "Back To The Hub" 2003 Bacon Sandwich Records. It was great to have gotten a chance to see this band live and even better to get the opportunity to cover one of their songs.
9. Alcohol Written by Chris Doherty/Chuck Stilphen. Published by Toonidge Music. Taken from the 7" single "Back To The Hub" 2003. One of the greatest parts about covering a Gang Green song is having Chris Doherty join you on stage to play it. Thanks for the inspiration!
10. Pipebomb On Lansdowne- Dance Remix (it's a joke, moron) Written by Dropkick Murphys Published by Boston Scally Punk/Dr. Zeuss ASCAP. Taken from the split 7" single "Unity" with Agnostic Front. 1999 Flat Records. This is what happens to a band in the studio when they put in way too many hours and go crazy you start to experiment and this was the result. Recorded at 4:30AM sometime in August 1999.
11. Nobody's Hero Written by Fingers/Ogilvie. Published by Rigid Digits Music. Taken from the split 7" single "Unity" with Agnostic Front. 1999 Flat Records. Stuff Little Fingers played as big a role in our musical upbringing as The Ramones, The Clash or any hardcore band.
12. Mob Mentality Performed by Dropkick Murphys & The Business. Written by Dropkick Murphys & The Business. Published by Rock Music Co. Ltd & Boston Scally Punk (ASCAP). Taken from the split 7" single "Mob Mentality". 2000 Taang Records. On this collaboration with The Business, Mickey joins Ken on vocals and Steve Whale plays one of the guitar tracks. No disrespect meant to the bands that had a hand in bringing back punk's popularity in the early 90's- this song is actually directed at the kids who got into punk through those bands only to then think they were too cool for them. Tell me, how in 1999 could a 15 ear old have been listening to punk since '77?
13. Informer Written by The Business. Published by Rock Music Co. Ltd. Taken from the split 7" single "Mob Mentality". 2000 Taang Records. Here's our punk rock take on our good friends The Business' acoustic track.
14. The Nutrocker (Nutty) Written by Jim Fowley. Published by Action Industries BMI. Taken from the EP "Tessie", it was meant to appear on the Bruins "Time to Go" promotional single. 2004 Hellcat Records. If you grew up in Boston there were a few things you knew for sure. One being that at 7pm on TV38 Hogan's Heroes was on and if you heard this song right after that, it was time for Boston Bruins hockey.
15. Rock and Roll Written by Burston/Campbell/Kilmister/Taylor. Published by EMI Intertrax Music Inc. BMI. Taken from the compilation "Built for Speed- A Motorhead Tribute". 1999 Victory Records. Dicky Barrett helps out on this Motorhead classic.
16. Hey Little Rich Boy Written by Sham 69. Published by Maxwood Music. Taken from the compilation "The Worldwide Tribute to the Real Oi". 2000 I Scream Records. Everyone does "If The Kids Are United" but The Sham had many other good songs.
17. Never Again Written by Angelic Upstarts. Published by Signature Publishing. Taken from the compilation "The Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi". 2000 I Scream Records. An anti-war song sung with the help from a then 5 year old Steven Barton & 7 year old Derek Barton. Their vocals give the recording an eerie, haunted feeling. God bless the Angelic Upstarts.
18. Halloween Written by Glenn Danzig. Published by Evilive Music ASCAP. Taken from the 10" compilation "Back On The Streets- Japanese/American Punk Unity". 2000 Flat Records. It seems that we are always on tour for Halloween; this is just the band's way of making up for missing out on trick or treating.
19. Soundtrack To A Killing Spree Written by Dropkick Murphys. Published by Boston Scally Punk ASCAP. Taken from the 10" compilation "Back On The Streets- Japanese/American Punk Unity". 2000 Flat Records. Our thoughts on bands that do their part to influence their listeners to do horrible things, the 3rd verse is sung by Rick Barton Jr.
20. The Wild Rover Traditional, arrangement by Dropkick Murphys. Published by the Rings Of Saturn ASCAP. Taken from the "Sing Loud Sing Proud" vinyl release. 2000 Hellcat Records. Features guest vocals by Shane MacGowan. This version was not included on the CD, only the vinyl and was the result of a long drunken night in the studio. It was great to work with Shane. You can see yourselves by checking out the hidden footage located within the "On The Road With The Dropkick Murphys" DVD.
21. Working Written by Cock Sparrer (Beaufoy/Bruce/Burgess/McFaull). Taken from the compilation "A Tribute to Cock Sparrer". 2001 DSS Records. Another classic song from Cock Sparrer.
22. Victory Written by Michael J.
Shea. Published by Edwin H. Morris. Taken from the European CD single "Walk Away". 2003 Hellcat Records. The Notre Dame fight song. No particular reason for recording it just sounded good on the pipes.
23. We Got The Power Written by Dropkick Murphys. Published by Boston Scally Punk ASCAP. Taken from the European CD single "Walk Away". 2003 Hellcat Records. This track didn't make it onto the Blackout album but a lot of people think it should have. Special thanks to Brien Keilb for helping us remember what songs to put on this record.
Bagpipes on tracks 1 $ 22 played by Joe Delaney.
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US Rel. Date: 03/08/2005
EU Rel. Date: 03/07/2005
All Music Guide
Singles Collection, Vol. 2 collects covers, B-sides, and "other crap" from the Dropkick Murphys, circa 1998-2004. Cock Sparrer, the Business, Shane MacGowan, AC/DC, Gang Green, Motörhead --- the covers connect the hardworking Boston unit to their heroes, but also make up a great punk (and rock, too) jukebox for any Dropkicks fan. CCR's "Fortunate Son" becomes a raucous street punk anthem with some absolutely killer rhythm guitar, there are two Cock Sparrer covers ("Working" and the Oi! classic "Watch Your Back"), and "Mob Mentality" is a collaboration with the Business that has a message for punk rock's fair-weather fans. News flash: it's not "Hey! Welcome!" AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll)" was a natural for the Dropkick Murphys --- they've paid their dues and have a bagpiper in the band --- and their version is typically ragged and boisterous. "Pipebomb on Landsdowne [Dance Remix]" was "recorded at 4:30 a.m. sometime in August 1999," and there are great takes on material from Sham 69 ("Hey Little Rich Boy") and Angelic Upstarts ("Never Again"). The Dropkicks host Shane MacGowan on a suitably teetering, slurring version of the traditional Irish "Wild Rover" --- it comes complete with the audio of a raucous, beery party. Speaking of the Pogues legend, Rancid's Lars Frederiksen joins the band for "Vengeance," which MacGowan wrote as part of his first band, the Nipple Erectors. Another highlight is an amplified yet reverent version of "Victory," better known as the Notre Dame fight song. "No particular reason for recording it," the liners state, "just sounded good on the pipes." The list goes on. Singles Collection, Vol. 2 will disappoint no fan of the Dropkick Murphys, especially anyone trying to track down some of the rarer 7" and comp appearances this set collects. It's a gift to diehards from one of most honest bands in rock music today.
Most singles collections collect radio-friendly hits. But radio-friendly hits are not something Boston street punks the Dropkick Murphys have many of.
This Drokicks set comes in the wake of the closest thing to a hit single this band has had, last year's tribute to the Red Sox, "Tessie." But what really makes this compilation of singles and rarities from the past half-decade buzz is the weath of high-impact cover versions.
Indeed, "Vol. 2" is something of a fun tribute album. Honorees include such uncompromising Murphy faves as Shane McGowan, Motorhead, The Misfits, AC/DC and, more surprisingly - with an anxious garagey cover of "Favorite Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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