Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, Gardeners! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a religious holiday in Ireland and a celebration of Ireland’s storied history of alcoholic beverages for everyone else. For TGS, however, it’s an excuse to put some songs together for you because we didn’t get a chance to go on air last week. That’s all this is, plain and simple. So, what we decided to do was take some songs that remind us of something that has to do with St. Patrick’s Day (the Irish background, the imagery of the holiday, and a few more we took a little liberty with) to come up with a playlist that you can listen to while hanging out with your friends, or drowning out your sorrows in alcohol (if you’re of age, of course). Whatever the setting, we’ve got you covered. Check out what Donald and Craig came up with below!
PVRIS – “St. Patrick”
I mean, is there really any justification needed? While the track has nothing to do with the holiday itself, this track really started PVRIS down the path that they’re on, which only has them moving towards bigger and better things. It’s also the entire reason we decided to make this playlist.
Dropkick Murphys – “Shipping Up to Boston”
Oh, man. I can’t hear this song without doing a little Irish Line Dance (and looking like a complete buffoon while doing it). The way those bagpipes start things off, and then the guitars and drums kick in, it’s pure adrenaline, which made it that much better when you heard it as a music bed in The Departed. Here’s the real reason this song is on here, though: no St. Patrick’s Day is complete until you hear this song.
The Story So Far – “Bad Luck”
The Story So Far, one of the most adored bands on earth right now (seriously, just ask tumblr). Their exponential rise and improvement has been fascinating to watch, and it makes putting them into any playlist pretty much essential. Lucky for us (haha), they have a song named for what St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to help you fight against. On an unrelated note, I’m so stoked for their new album.
Fall Out Boy – “The (Shipped) Gold Standard”
Everybody knows the myth about the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow, holding onto a pot of gold for some brave soul to find. It isn’t true of course. The same can be said for the myth that Fall Out Boy’s last pre-hiatus album Folie a Duex is not a good album. Seriously, let go of the expectation that Fall Out Boy is some pop-punk band (which they maybe never were). This album is chock-full of great tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and shows where the band really began to step out of their comfort zone musically.
Coheed and Cambria – “Here We Are Juggernaut”
This one is probably the biggest stretch of my selections, as I’m going off of Coheed’s often-maligned album Year of the Black Rainbow. I’m not here to defend that album; frankly, I don’t think it’s their best effort. However, the two rocking anthems “The Broken” and “Here We Are Juggernaut” were enough to hold Coheed fans over before the Afterman series rejuvenated the band’s career. I chose “Here We Are Juggernaut” because it’s clearly the best of the two singles, with a soaring chorus and driving guitars that are begging to be played in arenas all over the world.
The Menzingers- Irish Goodbyes
“When I get home, I’m not talking to anyone, when I get home I’m unplugging my telephone.” Those instantly relatable words- arguably about coming home after a night of drinking with friends- begin this setlist staple B-side from The Menzingers. Taken from Mixed Signals Run for Cover compilation, this song displays everything that is great about the Pennsylvania punk-rocker’s music.
Senses Fail- Irish Eyes
While Senses Fail’s 2010 effort The Fire wasn’t nearly their best, this penultimate track starts off with one of the most honest portrayals of St. Patrick’s Day out there. “My Irish eyes look out to the Atlantic, I drink enough to probably drain it.” Take it easy, there, Buddy. There are only so many green Guinnesses.
You Ain’t No Saint- Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
“Well I’m drunk again and you’re guilty like you’re Irish Catholic.” This stereotype crops up now and again, but none more fitting than in this track from Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties’ We Don’t Have Each Other. Dan Campbell’s portrayal of Aaron’s wife’s dubious religious ties in comparison to Aaron’s mother’s own from earlier on the album makes the dichotomy between the two even more striking.
Flogging Molly- “Drunken Lullabies”
It’s about time this St. Patrick’s Day playlist had a good old fashioned Irish Drinking Song. Perhaps the best trait of Flogging Molly is that they make songs to shout along to at your next Irish Pub gathering while drowning carbombs and Jameson.
Against Me- Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
Punk rock factoid: It has now been 51 years since James died on St. Patrick’s Day, 1964. The lead track off Against Me’s 2002 album Reinventing Axl Rose, Pints of Guinness focuses on the drowning out of sorrows that can be found at the bottom of a pint of Ireland’s best dry stout. “And just like James, I’ll be drinking Irish tonight, with the memory of his last week work week will be gone forever.”
Thanks for checking out our St. Patrick’s Day playlist! We had a blast putting it together. That being said, there’s probably plenty of tracks we should have on here. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments, and check out the playlist below!