Friday on My Mind: Modern Anthems for St. Patrick’s Day

Friday on My Mind is a weekly collaboration between KEXP and King 5 News where we post videos centered around a different theme each and every week. As you probably already know, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. So serve up some corned beef with cabbage and raise your pint of Guinness to these Modern Anthems for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Dubliners and The Pogues- “Irish Rover”

The traditional Irish folk song “Irish Rover” tells the tale of a mythical ship that sets sail from Cork in 1805. The Dubliners have been playing Irish folk music since 1962 and continue to do so to this day. Although formed in London, the Pogues were a mixture of Irish and British musicians and fronted by Shane MacGowan who was born to Irish parents. Their music was a blend of both Celtic and punk music styles. In 1987, The Dubliners and The Pogues, joined forces to do their take on “Irish Rover” taking it to number one on the Irish music charts. Check out this footage of the bands performing “Irish Rover” during a television performance:

Flogging Molly- “Drunken Lullabies”

Flogging Molly is not based in Ireland, but fronted by Dave King who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland in the late 70’s. In 1997 he went on to form Flogging Molly in Los Angeles. They gained a loyal following playing local LA bars and eventually began touring. Most of the songwriting credits go to King who uses his Irish heritage as an inspiration within the lyrics. The band boasts a hefty 7 band members, all of whom are multi-instrumentalists. Here is the official video for their rollicking, Steve Albini engineered “Drunken Lullabies” from 2002:

Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis- “Irish Celebration”

We absolutely have to include “Irish Celebration” by our hometown hero, Macklemore and collaborator Ryan Lewis. Off of their Vs. EP, “Irish Celebration” pays homage to Macklemore’s Irish ancestors and tells their story through hip hop. The duo samples the Beirut song “Scenic World” tweaking the melody into a modern day anthem of Irish Pride. The video includes Irish flag waving, pub scenes, and many many pints of beer:

Honorable Mention

Stiff Little Fingers- “Alternative Ulster”

From the same era as the Clash and considered by some to be their Irish counterpart, Stiff Little Fingers are a band you should know about if it aren’t already familiar with them. Formed in Belfast in 1977 and still touring to this day, Stiff Little Fingers’ lyrical content draws inspiration from the unrest surrounding them in Northern Ireland. In this video clip from 1980, they give a blistering live performance of “Alternative Ulster”.

House of Pain- “Shamrocks and Shenanigans”

Shamrocks. Shenanigans. It’s House of Pain.

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