- Member: Kai Stromler
- Studio: Shin Hatsubai/Kuroi Kenshi
- Title: Sing Loud Sing Proud For Your Scene!
- Premiered: 2005-04-21
- Dropkick Murphys For Boston
SH098 was assembled off-the-cuff, powered by various denominations of Harpoon ales (including the juicy and ever tasteful UFO) and race-for-the-finish-line suicidal compulsion. I did NOT edit this video drunk.
The idea for this video dates back to my first exposure to Cromartie with Animania, where I remarked at the conclusion of the five eps we showed, "This show is awesome, it's like an anime version of being on the sidewalk at Metalfest, only with more robots and fewer drunk goth chicks." Further contemplation showed that this scenario, a bunch of black-clad dudes of non-determinable sobriety and intelligence hanging around doing stupid things, was merely amplified at Metalfest due to greater numbers, and was actually the normal condition of the scene all the time. And it was Most Awesome.
So, the idea for Cromartie Tribute to the Underground had been around for a while, but with relocation on the immediate horizon, I started collecting Dropkicks stuff, as working-class Irish oi! is somewhat scarcer in Germany than the Boston area. This cut, off the Sing Loud, Sing Proud! disc (which I'd orignally heard back at the radio station, kind of bringing things full circle), beat out some Swedish death tracks that I'd been looking at, mostly because of its explicit Boston ties, but also due to its potential for ecumenicism -- everybody can crank up and throw down to this one.
Metalheads, hardcore fans, and punks fight among each other way too much. It's pointless, causes scene drama, and is ultimately self-defeating. Sure, there are legitimate beefs to be passed around, but let's not forget that there is a common enemy out there; nearly everybody in any of the various underground scenes would agree strongly with the sentiments behind "Pipebomb On Landsdowne" (though, obviously, the song's in the same 'seriousness' class as A.C.'s famous "Everyone From Allston Should Be Killed"). We can fight among ourselves over the spoils after we've won the war.
Bands whose logos appeared in the closing burst at the end (this means you should check them out, and then buy their records):
A.C. (you know, the one with the name they can't print)
Life In Vain
One Way Down
Shin Hats Self-Grade: B+. Some of the timing could have been a little better on the lipsynch, and the end is not quite optimal, but this is good stuff overall.
stats: #clips: 72. average length: 1.31 seconds. total time: 6.5 hours.