It’s Saint Patrick’s Day for the love of the Blarney Stone! Some people celebrate by wearing green, some celebrate by drinking until they turn green, but one way to celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish that we can all get behind is by giving props to the incredible rich tradition of Irish and Irish-American music.
Ireland and the Irish Diaspora’s contribution to modern music is monumental when you think about the size of the tiny island. From Dublin titans U2 to (Boston) Celtic-punks like the Dropkick Murphys, Irish musicians keep on doin’ it. So celebrate Saint Patty’s however you choose, but be sure you do it with the volume turned up.
To get you started here are five videos, culled from MTV’s two excellent Saint Patty’s Day-themed video playlists.
+ Dropkick Murphys, “The State Of Massachusetts”
This Boston band broke into the mainstream when their Woody Guthrie-inspired song, “Shipping Up To Boston,” acted as the opening credits music for The Departed. “The State …” is from their 2007 album The Meanest Of Times.
+ My Bloody Valentine, “Soon”
Though not the biggest band out of Dublin, My Bloody Valentine is one of Ireland’s most critically-and certainly its noisiest exports. “Soon” is taken from their 1990 EP, Glider.
+ Swell Season, “Low Rising”
There’s a lot more to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s story than what you saw in the film Once. They may have won an Oscar for their ballad “Falling Slowly,” but they continued to record as Swell Season. “Low Rising is from their 2009 album Strict Joy.
+U2, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
A classic from Ireland’s greatest band (with all respect due to The Pogues). No other group has done more to spread the Irish music gospel. So here’s a gospel tinged anthem from their masterpiece The Joshua Tree.
+ House Of Pain, “Jump Around”
OK, enough with the polite tour through Irish music. Time to kill some brain cells. It’s St. Patty’s, and I came to get down, I came to get down, I came to get down!