It is a grand American tradition to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by pretending to be Irish. My heritage runs Scottish and English (to my knowledge), but what red-blooded American ever let that stop them? And what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a little Celtic punk from a band out the U.S. and a band out of England?
The two songs, by the way, were prominently featured in the two greatest TV series ever made.
The Dropkick Murphys’ Celtic punk take on Amazing Grace was featured in The Shield. (THE greatest TV series of all time, as far as I am concerned, and now finally available on blu-ray.)
Amazing Grace is The Dropkick Murphys’ album The Gang’s All Here.
Body of an American was much more prominently featured in The Wire (the second greatest TV series of all time). Who can resist this description of an Irish wake?
Then we turned and shook as we had a look
In the room where the dead men lay
So big Jim Dwyer made his last trip
To the shores where his father’s laid
But fifteen minutes later
We had our first taste of whiskey
There was uncles giving lectures
On ancient Irish history
The men all started telling jokes
And the women they got frisky
By five o’clock in the evening
Every bastard there was piskey
The Body of the Americans is off The Pogues’ album Rum Sodomy & The Lash, truly one of the greatest album names of all time.
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