Do or Die (Dropkick Murphys album)

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Do or Die
Studio album by Dropkick Murphys
Released January 27, 1998
Recorded 1997 at the Outpost, Stoughton, Massachusetts
Genre Oi!, Hardcore punk, Celtic punk
Length 40:07
Label Hellcat Records
Producer Lars Frederiksen
Dropkick Murphys chronology
Anti-Heros vs Dropkick Murphys
(1997)
Do or Die
(1998)
The Gang's All Here
(1999)

Do or Die was the first album released by Boston's Irish-American punk band, Dropkick Murphys. It was released in 1998. A music video for the single "Barroom Hero" was released. This is the only album that featured original lead vocalist, Mike McColgan who went on to become a fireman before forming his own band, the Street Dogs.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Punknews.org 5/5 stars [2]

Allmusic gave Do or Die a rating of three stars out of five, and said that the album was "an interesting blend of hardcore-style punk with traditional Irish inflections."[1] Punknews.org raved about the album, saying "Fueled by the angry voice of Mike McColgan and the unforgettable rasp of Ken Casey, "Do Or Die" boasts a collection of some of the most incredible oi/street/punk tracks ever recorded.[2]

In other media[edit]

A Do or Die poster appears on the wall of John Connor's bedroom in the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. "Barroom Hero" was used in the final credits of the documentary "Restrepo." "Never Alone" was featured in the Extreme sports video game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX.

Track listing[edit]

Many songs were a collaborative effort. [3]

  1. "Cadence to Arms" (Traditional, reworked from Scotland the Brave) – 1:49
  2. "Do or Die" (Barton, McColgan) – 1:50
  3. "Get Up" (Barton, Casey, McColgan) – 2:06
  4. "Never Alone" (Barton, Casey) - 2:54
  5. "Caught in a Jar" (Barton, McColgan) - 2:19
  6. "Memories Remain" (Casey, Kelly) – 2:25
  7. "Road of the Righteous" (Barton, McColgan) – 2:56
  8. "Far Away Coast" (Barton, Casey, McColgan) – 2:41
  9. "Fightstarter Karaoke" (Barton, Casey) – 2:18
  10. "Barroom Hero" (Casey) – 2:57
  11. "3rd Man In" (Barton, Casey) – 2:18
  12. "Tenant Enemy #1" (Barton, Casey, Kelly, McColgan) – 2:13
  13. "Finnegan's Wake" (Traditional) – 2:19
  14. "Noble" (Barton, Casey, Kelly, McColgan) – 2:34
  15. "Boys on the Docks (Murphys' Pub Version) (Barton, Casey) – 2:33
  16. "Skinhead on the MBTA (Traditional) (Barton, Casey) – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

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