The 10 Greatest Celtic-punk CDs Ever

When I was a wee laddie, I had a subscription to Kerrang! magazine (my taste has since improved) and one of the things as a music geek I’d love was their lists of best of all time. These lists would give me names of bands who’s records I’d go and track down, a sense of smugness as I’d agree with their choices and a sense of superiority as I disagreed with other choices. So, in the spirit of education and being a music snob, here is my list of the best Celtic-punk CDs of all time (subject to change of course).

1) The Pogues: Rum Sodomy and The Lash


The Pogues very best despite Elvis Costello’s production. The original of the species and the best. Without this we’d still be listening to Van Hagar

2) Flogging Molly: Swagger


FMs best and never yet repeated. The band and CD that started the US scene

3) Neck: Sod’em and Begorrah


The world most definite Celtic-punk band, their most definite CD

4) The Tossers: The Valley of the Shadow of Death


Contains the best single Celtic-punk track ever – the Dee Dee Ramone tribute, “No Loot, No Booze, No Fun” and the rest of the tracks aren’t half bad either

5) Blood or Whiskey: Blood or Whiskey


The band that made me open my eyes that there was more out there than just The Pogues

6) Greenland Whalefishers: Loboville


Not a drop of Irish blood and this good – no way – yeah way

7) Shane MacGowan and The Popes: The Snake


Just to prove Shane-O could do it without The Pogues

8) The Mahones: Here Come Lucky


Contains the other best single Celtic-punk track ever – “The Queen and Tequila”. Finny McConnell proves he’s one of the best song writers in any scene

9) Dropkick Murphys: Warriors Code

I’m Shipping up to Boston – it will have you’re Granny singing along. Nuff said

10) BibleCodeSundays: Boot or no Boots


The future of Celtic-punk and the band that will break through to the stadiums (and redemption for the MacManus clan after elder brothers messing up of the production on 1)


Other Honorable’s

The Go Set: Sing a Song of Revolution


Totally out of the blue these guys showed up in the mail box and blow me away. Totally raw and passionate

Black 47: Fire of Freedom


While not strictly Celtic-punk I wouldn’t be doing this without B47

The Rumjacks: Both EPs


When they get their debut full length out they will be bumping someone off the list

Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell


Just for old time sake. RIP Dio

5 thoughts on “The 10 Greatest Celtic-punk CDs Ever

  1. Cool idea this list!
    Agree with Sean as for DKM’s Black Out. Plus I think The Real McKenzies can’t be off that top 10, especially their “Clash of the tartans”.

    Honorable’s :
    All the good stuff from Germany (Mr. Irish Bastard – The Porters) and from the Netherlands (Circle J)

    + some honorable’s from Brittany which are worth the listening :
    * Les Ramoneurs de Menhirs
    * Tri Bleiz Die

  2. Great list, both! Although…

    I have always though DKM’s “Blackout” was the band’s best work, song for song.
    And on my own top ten list, I would have…

    Oh heck, I’ll just write one out, too!

    1. POGUES – RUM, SODOMy AND THE LASH
    2. FLOGGING MOLLY – SWAGGER
    3. NECK – SOD ‘EM AND BEGORRAH
    4. TOSSERS – VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
    5. BLOOD OR WHISKEY – BLOOD OR WHISKEY
    6. DROPKICK MURPHY’S – BLACKOUT
    7. THE DOLOMITES – LOVELY DAY FOR A HOGSHEAD OF WHISKEY
    8. GREENLAND WHALEFISHERS – STREETS OF SALVATION, (I still prefer this one!)
    9. BIBLECODE SUNDAYS – GHOSTS OF OUR PAST
    10. MUTINY – CO-OP BREWERY
    11. ROARING JACK – STREET CELTABILITY
    12. HORSLIPS – BOOK OF INVASIONS
    NEED TO MENTION:
    13. IRISH STEW OF SINDIDUN – DARE TO DREAM
    14. SCOTT MX TURNER AND THE DEVILS ADVOCATES;/THE UNITED 32S – SNIPERS
    IN DERELICT HOUSES
    15. SIOBHAN – WELFARE STATE

    Yeah, I included some personal faves. And I stand by ’em!

    Chris “Blathering Gommel” Toler

  3. J.Murph,

    As an old head at Shite’n’Onions, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t disagree a bit, and therefore have to present ye with my own list.

    1) THE POGUES – If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    While purists always seem to favor Rum, Sodomy (and I agree, it’s a fucking shit hot record) I will always prefer IISFFGWG. The classics don’t stop, it contains rave ups galore (title track,” Bottle of Smoke,” “Fiesta”), trips to foreign lands ghost stories (“Turkish Song”) and of course their perennial yuletide favorite, as well as two of the Pogues best of all-time in “Lullaby of London” and “Broad Majestic Shannon.” To me, their finest hour.

    2) DROPKICK MURPHYS – SING LOUD, SING PROUD
    (Probably their most complete statement if we’re judging by the mix of punk and Irish influence.)

    3) THE MAHONES – RISE AGAIN
    (One of the best Irish “punk” tunes ever in “Streets of New York.” Kind of perfectly captures an innocent time in one’s life, from an immigrant type angle, but alas, the fun has to end, but one can still reminisce)

    4) THE TOSSERS – WE’LL NEVER BE SOBER AGAIN

    5) BLOOD OR WHISKEY – NO TOIME TO EXPLAIN
    (But “Bucharest” is their single best tune)

    6) BLACK 47 – FIRES OF FREEDOM

    7) FLOGGING MOLLY – DRUNKEN LULLABIES

    8) NECK – THEIR EARLY MATERIAL

    9) SHANE AND THE POPES – THE SNAKE

    10) THE UNDERTONES/STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
    CHEEEEKY!

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