This week, Dropkick Murphys shared their latest song, the fiery labor anthem “All You Phoneies.” It’s the third single from the Boston-based Celtic punkers’ upcoming 11th studio album, This machine still kills fascists. Both the song and the album repaint the texts of the American folk icon Woody Guthrie.
The album’s title is familiar to Guthrie fans — the late musical troubadour is known for displaying the slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists” on his acoustic guitar throughout the 1940s. The Murphys’ “All You Fonies” takes the original yarn and reworks it into today’s activist atmosphere.
Listen to the song at the bottom of this post.
Immediate Past Murphys Singles”Two 6s upside down“and”Ten times more” did the same with German Guthrie lyrics. Both of these tunes also appear on the track list for This machine still kills fascists, which is jam-packed with reimagined Guthrie-penned songs. It arrives in full Sept. 30. Pre-order it here.
Dropkick Murphys are currently touring the US – see dates below. They head to Europe for a slew of shows with other punk acts Pennywise early next year.
In John S. Partington’s The Life, Music and Thought of Woody Guthrie, the author explains how Guthrie wrote the words to “All You Fonies” around 1944 after he joined the Merchant Marine and National Maritime Union (NMU). The show of associational strength is evident in the lyric.
Come all your friends and workers
A story I want to tell you
About how we built our union
You call NMU
I fought the thugs and the gun thugs
Around the shores of the sea
I think I got my head thrown in
A dozen times or more
Chant: All you fakes gotta lose, lose
All you fakes have to lose
Dropkick Murphys, “All You Phones” (Music Video)
Dropkick Murphys Fall 2022 US Tour Dates
September 16 – West Springfield, Mass. @ Store E
Oct. 20 – Concord, NH @ Capitol Ctr
Oct. 21 – Providence, RI @ Veterans Memorial
Oct. 22 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Circus Maximus
Oct. 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Oct. 25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct. 27 – N. Charleston, SC @ Performing Arts Ctr
Oct. 28 – Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Memorial
Oct. 29 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Brady Music Ctr
Oct. 30 – Greensburg, Pa. @ Palace Theatre
November 1 – Tulsa, Oklahoma. @Tulsa Theater
November 2 – Omaha, Neb. @ Holland Center
November 3 – Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theater
November 5 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Orpheum Theatre
November 6 – Silverado, California. @ Oak Canyon Park
November 8 – Los Angeles, California. @ Orpheum Theatre
November 9 – Oakland, California. @Fox Theater
November 10 – Monterey, California. @ Golden State Theatre
November 11 – Reno, Nev. @ Silver Legacy Casino
November 13 – Seattle, Washington. @ Moore Theatre
November 16 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ State Theatre
November 17 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Sherman Place
November 18 – Chesterfield, Mo. @Factory
November 19 – Nashville, Tennessee. @ Ryman
Rock + Metal bands that played 150 shows in one year
These bands had intense touring schedules. So many shows, so little rest!