Friday, November 26, 2010

Flogging Molly: Black Friday Rule

Well – it’s Black Friday in America – a term that has become a double entendre. Being the busiest shopping day, it can mean that a retailer that has been in the “red” during the fourth quarter can be in the “black.”

Because so many are flooding the stores and clogging the highways, it has taken on ominous connotations as well. Since this is a day that is loved by some for the deals that occur and hated by so many because of the madness, I have suspended my usual Friday feature for a little Celtic angst.

That angst is represented by the clash [note: this is a pun] of two diverse musical cultures – traditional Celtic music and punk rock. The result is Celtic Punk and has been firmly established by groups such as the Pogues, the Dropkick Murphys, and today’s feature Flogging Molly. From Los Angeles, Flogging Molly was co-founded by Fastway guitarist Dave King in 1993.

Fitting with the spirit of the day, our feature tune is “Black Friday Rule.” It is not a style that everyone will like and with most punk influenced bands, I find the vocals a little less to my liking, but it is music that is full of energy.

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