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PART THE FIRST:
ABOUT DROPKICK MURPHY'S CD SING LOUD SING PROUD...: the songs have many UK/US punk influences. mostly sex pistols, clash, and stuff i can't put my finger on
the songs aren't too melodic, but have more scots/irish folk influences than pogues or flogging molly, and more group singing
i want to make a mix now
omg - they are singing an irish rovers song! yay!
well - i can tell you now - you will prolly like these folks too...
irish rovers - traditional
elvis costello - some irish rovers and pogues influence, but mainly poppy romantic and new wave punk - rarely irish
tannehill weavers - traditional/alternative mostly scots
the battlefield band - high power irish traditional
clannad - mellow scots traditional/new age, heavy on ballads
pogues - first and best irish punk/taditional
flogging molly - irish, similar to pogues, with weaker lyrics, but it's own great style, with big "pirate" and cajun influences - EXTRA SPECIAL NOTE! FLOGGING MOLLEH HAS A NEW CD OUT......
Punk / Rock / Folk Rock
Los Angeles, CA
no one would associate natalie macmasters with flogging molly, but she does some great scots fiddling from nova scotia - a place where celtic music survives in it's own right, and a place ("acadia") where cajun music originated
the pixies - from boston - not irish at all, but crazy fun and powrful alternative/punk, who also spawned two of my other fav bands: belly, and the throwing muses
i just KNOW you will get into ska one day. ska came from r&b and jamaican music, and it also lead to reggae. jamaican music has a heavy irish (pirate) influence which almost no one knows
big country - old scots rock band, inspiring and high-energy
the proclaimers - 80's/90's rock band - 2 brothers from scotland
PART THE SECOND:
RANDOM: i know for a fact that siouxsie/etc. are IN now, esp. w/ punky/gothy/liberalish girls. i like her but not CRAZY about her. and the cure has never really faded completely out, since they are a cornerstone of poppy goth, like morrissey. i am a BIG cure fan. but echo/etc. are WAY out - like - i'm wondering if they ever really existed - that's how out they are
oh yeah - the pixies are sooooo uppety! well then - i sure hope yo can check those other two bands from pixies - belly is extinct but their recent greatest hits was very popular (considering) - and the muses really are tight rockers, except for their later stuff which really sucks
SKA! YAY!... - there are millions of ska bands out there. they are like bug larva underground waiting for the next wave of ska popularity - ska does that
but no doubt and sublime (buddies from aneheim) are extremely popular - even though sublime doesn't exist anymore - largely cuz they appeal to rock and pop audiences. i think gwen stefani's hubby is the main singer of bush
i have heard of reel big fish for sure - they are a good ska band - but never heard of the other one. two other good modern ska bands are less than jake and the circle jerks. also the skatalites. and you'd prolly like the rxBandits who have a bit of a loud metal sound, but some of their stuff is repetative and boring to me.
i have two big box sets of ska music - although they don't have much new stuff and they should. ttots and the maytols(sp?) was an early one - oh god there are so many old ones. but my FAV of all time is The English Beat - i actaully burnt an extra cd of theirs which i don't need - but i can't send via email now - nothign i try is working. anyway, the (english) BEAT isn't pure ska, but more mellow punk with reggae and african influences, but it's called a ska band, and it has the GREATEST horns. hey also went on to form another of my favs - general public - and the fine young cannibals. a central ska band from that time was the Specials, and they happen to be very ppular now too. now defunct, they also went on to form various other decendants.
hey look! - http://www.users.cloud9.net/~dab/ska.html
oh - another cute ska band that was really quirky and had other weird influences was camper van beethoven. i really like them, and their main singer became popular last year (?) but i forgot the band
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