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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2006

Dropkick Murphys get more "Departed" coverage from The Boston Herald!

With blaring bagpipes and growling guitars, the Dropkick Murphys "Im Shipping up to Boston" is blasting through movie theater sound systems around the world.

In the hit film The Departed,- the Boston punk-rock anthem blasts out between Jack Nicholsons foul-mouthed rants and Leonardo DiCaprios chiseled chest. On "The Departed" soundtrack CD, released today, the Dropkicks song sits beside tracks by the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and Patsy Cline.

Martin Scorseses crime epic has boosted Dropkick sales, but that isnt what thrills founding member and bassist Ken Casey.

"Its like the Red Sox thing," Casey said, fondly recalling the bands reworking of the old chestnut Tessie," the theme song of the 2004 World Series win. Its all about Martin Scorsese. In 20 years, after the band is over, maybe Ill have The Departed DVD and get to tell my grandkids that my music was in a Scorsese movie. Thats so cool."

Of course, Casey admits the sales boom also has been cool. Sales of the Hub heroes 2003 album, "The Warriors Code" - from which "Im Shipping up to Boston" was pulled - tripled the week after "The Departed" was released. On top of that, Dropkick manager Dianne Meyer calculates that there have been about 15,000 paid downloads of the song since the movie came out. It has also been streamed more than 200,000 times on the bands MySpace page.

All this because someone slipped the right someone a Dropkick disc.

Being a bunch of Boston boys, the Dropkicks knew about the movie weeks before the films crew showed up. Seeing an opportunity, band members got their album into the hands of extras, crew members and anyone else hanging around the set.

"At the time we were handing out CDs, I didnt know anything about the movie," Casey said. I didnt know what it was about or if it was based in Boston. But when I heard Martin Scorsese, I asked all my friends if they could pass some CDs around."

A year went by and the band didnt hear a thing. Two days before the films final edit, someone called asking to use "Im Shipping up to Boston."

According to a Scorsese spokesman, The Bands Robbie Robertson, a longtime Scorsese collaborator, introduced Scorsese to the song.Not that Scorsese needs a lot of advice when it comes to music and film - last year he directed the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home"; now hes working on a Rolling Stones concert movie - but Casey sure is happy Robertson suggested "Im Shipping up to Boston."

"Im a pessimist about these things," Casey said. "Years ago they used one of our songs in The Sopranos. I was on the phone with a friend waiting for it to come on when he said, Did you hear it? "I said, Hear what? The song was so far in background you didnt even know what it was. I expected The Departed would be that way. I was blown away when I heard how loud and prominent it was."

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