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Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly: Whiskey on a Sunday [CD/DVD]Whiskey on a Sunday [CD/DVD] (2006)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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As humble of a band as we are, in the sense of our heritage and where we come from…I would not be sitting here if I didn't think we were the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world…On our day, nobody could touch us. Nobody…When Flogging Molly is on its game -- I'm sorry, but -- there's not too many t.
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As humble of a band as we are, in the sense of our heritage and where we come from…I would not be sitting here if I didn't think we were the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world…On our day, nobody could touch us. Nobody…When Flogging Molly is on its game -- I'm sorry, but -- there's not too many things that could touch that.
-- Dave King, Flogging Molly, Whiskey on a Sunday

In a sense, I have just spoiled the end of this movie, as this quote comes right before the credits, but what's important about this DVD is not how it ends, but the story of the band, which comes in the hour and 45 minutes preceding this. At one point in this quote, Dave King even concedes that this may sound arrogant, but considering those watching the DVD are likely to be fans, it becomes more of a rallying statement for this band. It's a fitting end, as the whole DVD is really a service to the fans. It was made just for them.

Too many bands nowadays release their debut album and follow it up with remixes, acoustic versions, re-releases and live DVDs. They finally release another album and do it all again. (I'm looking in your direction, Linkin Park). The DVDs they finally do release are chalk full of sub-par live shots, intertwined with footage of bands acting like assholes backstage, music videos, and whatever else can be scrapped up to buy time between albums. Needless to say, many band DVDs are a huge disappointment.

In complete contrast to this, Whiskey on a Sunday was billed as a feature-length documentary on the band, and that's exactly what it is. It comes off as very well planned and tells the story of a great Irish punk band and how they came to be.

The opening scared me just a little bit, as Flogging Molly's members are talking to the cameras about the festival show that's going to happen that night. Then some kick-ass live footage comes in, but it's still looking like its treading on fairly standard grounds. As it turns out, this is just a quick opening, followed by the Whiskey on a Sunday title sequence. This is followed by fans attesting to why Flogging Molly is so great, and what makes them something special to the music scene.

Throughout the rest of the DVD, live show sequences are intertwined, but it's between the stories of Flogging Molly's members. There is a section dedicated to each member, where they are helped in telling their own stories by other members commenting upon them as well. From silly and embarrassing moments, like King admitting his worst on-stage moment included something "brown" to dead serious interview portions that tell the stories behind the songs, you'll definitely learn a lot about the band, with the guys behind SideOneDummy even stepping in to explain what they saw in Flogging Molly from the beginning. The DVD also documents the recording of Within a Mile of Home.

A load of auxiliary footage accompanies the interviews, and live show sequences are shot well, and do a lot to help pace the DVD. All in all, if you're a fan of the band, you'll enjoy this DVD as much any of the albums you've come to love. The extra features further the experience, helping introduce fans to some of the behind the scenes people and just providing more footage of the band taken throughout the recording of this DVD. Almost all of it is as high quality as the main feature of the DVD; it's basically just what had to be taken out to keep the main feature from being two and a half hours.

The DVD is accompanied by a ten-track audio CD, which includes a new track called "Laura." The new track is also featured on the Warped Tour 2006 comp and stands toe-to-toe with the best Flogging Molly has to offer. It also features a number of formidable acoustic recordings, and live tracks that are featured on the DVD.

I made the mistake of listening to the CD before watching the DVD. In this context, I realized how brief it really is, and judging it as a CD release, it would be disappointing. However, considering it another extra to the main DVD feature, the CD does have quite a bit to offer. As previously stated, the new track is pure Flogging Molly gold. The acoustic tracks are all great recordings, and the live tracks are live tracks, but if you're a big fan of Flogging Molly, they all add to the collection.

In the end, I doubt many Flogging Molly fans really questioned the quality of this release, but if you were on the fence, it's a safe buy. This is how bands should make their DVDs.

 

 
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flannagin94 (March 26, 2008)

DKM is ten times better than Flogging Molly

poguesfan (October 7, 2006)

First off I'm one of the biggest Pogues fans you'll will ever meet. I've seen both The Pogues and FM live, but that aside, when in the holy fuck did Spider Stacy ever fucking say that Flogging Molly was better than The Pogues. I would love to meet your dumbass. Flogging Molly music pales in comparison to the poetry of Shane MacGowan and The Pogues. What really pissed me off about this so-called "documentary" was FM didn't even recognize the importance of The Pogues on Celtic rock. I mean eight guys playing traditional instruments, hmmm where have I seen that before. All you FM fans need to get your facts straight before you start preaching. If you listen to The Pogues first three albums and then to a FM album, you'll realize who makes the better music of the two. POGUE MAHONE

kinker (August 20, 2006)

c'mon guys, a real punk wouldnt really care about moaning.... just let it go, you either like 'em or you dont!

im too lazy actually, there are more important things.... ;)

Anonymous (July 31, 2006)

Haha, Spider Stacy from the Pogues even think Flogging Molly are a better band...and Dave doesn't have a fake accent you moron.......watch the dvd. Dublin Ireland born and raised....

Anonymous (July 30, 2006)

Pogues are 1,000000 times better than this top o' the mornin' shite.

Shane McGowan, is his present, half way to hell state is still better than Dave the Gobshite King, with his fake accent and dodgey stolen songs.

Anonymous (July 30, 2006)

I think [i]you[/i] kinda suck now!

Anonymous (July 27, 2006)

...of course AFI does kinda suck now.

Anonymous (July 27, 2006)

....aw hell. you know most new school "punk" kids were the dorks in scholl that went to Hot Topic, bought some silly hair colour and clothes and thought they would fit in that way. They just hate it when a band becomes big and more than just "punks" listen to it. Look at AFI and Rise Against...they have took the same abuse from these brats.

Anonymous (July 27, 2006)

I thought this dvd was really moving. The guy/gal who said this is just a promo for the band obviously didn't see it. I personally believe Flogging Molly is the greatest band out there right now, and most certainly not a gimmick band. Watch the dvd and you'll see. Even if you're not a fan the dvd is most interesting.

SilentStorms (July 27, 2006)

Ahahahah right on Scruffy!!!

Anonymous (July 27, 2006)

i fucking hate this band...just fyi

gladimnotemo (July 27, 2006)

Does anyone just sit down, take a deep breath, and just RELAX before they post on this site? Just calm the hell down dudes - this band isn't important in the grand scheme of things, but you're making this WWIII. Yikes.

Scruffy (July 27, 2006)

"If you ain't a fan of the band, then STFU, you've got no worthy opinion cause you don't listen to their music, so why comment at all???"

That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.

Sorry if some of us don't like a band that's the equivalent to an Irish Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. Punk versions of the same Irish traditional music. I had Drunken Lullabies. I got it for free. I paid too much.

leifkills (July 27, 2006)

These guys make decent music are hellafun live, and (to my knowledge) seem pretty fucking honest. How can you bash that?

Anyway I like 'em, for all that counts.

SilentStorms (July 27, 2006)

I've always hated this style of music. I'm the only me I can be.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I'd make it better:

1. Are they from Northern Ireland or Ireland?

2. How come when I type in "flogging molly" on SoulSeek I get Japanese bondage porn?

3. Fuck Israel.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

Fuck this band, Id rather listen to oldies then this piece of dog shit, score is for the band and the review.

WainscottRockCity (July 26, 2006)

The DVD is basically a 100 minute promo for the band, like most rockumentaries, but it's done in a good-natured manner. It's nothing special, definitely no "Instrument", just a nice way to get to know FM a little more. Dave King's story, however, is quite poignant and puts this above most other bands' films. Plus the CD is suprisingly good for a collection of scraps.

I can understand if the traditional Irish instruments are not your cup of tea, but I don't get how anyone interested in modern-day punk could actually hate this band.
You guys need to lighten up and have some fun.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

Blah! Incoherent rambling! Rabble rabble rabble! I like exclamation marks! They help me get my point across! Thank you, punctuation gods!

But seriously ladles and jellyspoons, ummmmm yawn. This band is as boring as watching the Golf Channel. Put in any of their cd's, put a random track on repeat, and poof...you have their entire catalogue.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

"because anyone who doesnt like this gimmick band is obviously an "ignorant close minded asshole"."

who ever said this band was a gimmick yeah some of the band members are probably not Irish, but if you would actually watch the dvd you would learn that david was born and raised in Ireland! and thats besides the point, thats like me telling you that you can"t listen to Irish music cause your not Irish! there is more to this band than you are seeing, but i forgot your to close minded to watch the dvd and find that out!

"Holy Shit! Your 14!"

you just made yourself look like an idiot!

fallingupwards84 (July 26, 2006)

"you are all a bunch of iggnorant close minded assholes!"

because anyone who doesnt like this gimmick band is obviously an "ignorant close minded asshole".

idiot.

Archangel (July 26, 2006)

Holy shit! You're 14!

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

you know what, once again you punknews.org people have ruined this site, you are all a bunch of iggnorant close minded assholes! you need to get a clue and actually watch this documentary before you start talking shit! anything most of you say is the result of a fucken close minded failure to the great music scene! if any of you respected music for what is is then you would appreciate this termendously! real flogging molly fans are very serious about them, and that is something right there! the passion that follows this band is the same passion that drives this band to put on amazing performances about enjoying life and being happy! this website has turned into nothing but a downer! you all need to rethink the way you look at music because just cause it isn"t your favorite cup of tea doesn"t mean that flogging molly is a terrible band! people like you are the exact thing that has driven this band to get to where they have, so fuel the flame and the passion of, and behind flogging molly will just grow! grow up punknews.org, and learn to know what music really is!

WainscottRockCity (July 26, 2006)

Does anyone find it strange that the Pogues are not mentioned once in the entire film?

Keith19 (July 26, 2006)

Got it and loved it. They all seem like really cool down to earth people too, which is awesome.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

If you ain't a fan of the band, then STFU, you've got no worthy opinion cause you don't listen to their music, so why comment at all???

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

flogging molly = gimmick

But they aren't black?

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

I bought this last night....all I can say is wow. It was really a moving film and it showed how they conquered all of the negative shite that was said about them to become one of the biggest punk acts in the world. It also showed Dave seeing his mom for the first time in 8 years...she had a stroke and didn't recognize him! There is alot of mood swings in this documentary...it almost had me crying and it was also a celebration of a great band.

rob_rob (July 26, 2006)

i'm sorry, but i hate this band.

feeeding5000 (July 26, 2006)

The review is well-written, but, by the same token, absolutely horrible. It approaches it with the fawning reverence of the hipsters at Pitchfork, and then proceeds to describe the DVD with shitlicking terms that only people with band references in their name are allowed to use. More and more of the reviews on this site seem to be thinly veiled press releases, intended to sell records, as opposed to actually let kids know which discs are worthwhile. Who here wants to start a breakaway punk "news and reviews" site, which will focus only on bands that are "ok", and gives only middling or negative reviews?

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

Regarding that first quote - I've seen 16 year olds playing in their first bands put on better stage shows than Flogging Molly. I think that somtimes these Irish-niche bands forget that they are basically playing an overproduced version of the same irritating music that the organ grinder guy with the monkey on a leash begging for change on the streets plays every day. They seem to think that playing a swing beat and singing about drinking is somehow rock n' roll and innovative. Its neither.
-Ken

Archangel (July 26, 2006)

Some of my friends who are fully content to listen to the radio and never seek out any different music have mixes featuring "Irish Drinking Song" alongside whatever panic at the disco song pete wentz is pimping at the moment.

Anyway... oh yeah, this band blows. So they're a lot of fucking fun live. If My Chemical Romance started touring with a balloon-making clown and a petting zoo, would you all change your mind? No, because the music would still suck.

almostpunkenough (July 26, 2006)

i really can't stand this band, or any bands like them.

the song they had on Rock Against Bush was acceptable i guess.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

because The Dropkick Murphys arent a blatant Pogues rip off.

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

I swear half the comments here were written by the same person. If you're going to try and shit on every irish punk band that isn't called 'The Pogues', why not shit on The Dropkick Murphys? or The Tossers?

Linkin Park? Bitch please.

-opivy

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

Blood or Whiskey are the best irish punk band. And I think the Pogues are namedropped way too goddamn much. Sure they were great, but get over it.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (July 26, 2006)

Linkin Park > Flogging Molly

I don't need to see the DVD to know this band sucks... hearing their albums convinced me enough.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

I really like this band but, let's face it, they cannot match the Pogues. As someone else mentioned, there's nothing wrong with liking more than one band of the same style. Nonetheless, the Pogues had a lot more going on in their music than just the Irish influence. They incorporated music from all over the world and revved it up in their own style. That's where they outdid Flogging Molly. Spider Stacy was just being humble when he said FM are better.

moneenerd (July 25, 2006)

i dont like this band taht much, but the DVD was awesome.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

I like music, I dont like Linkin Park. I'd rather listen to Linkin Park than this Irish shit circus though.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

i liked them when they were called the pogues. fucking rip offs.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

How about you jackasses watch this DVD before you make judgements that are based in stupidity. The band formed pretty organicly, revolving around Dave King. dave went from palying solo to adding member by member based on what instrument they could offer and the people they are, not based on what their heritage is.

These guys and the Bouncing Souls are the most honest and sincere bands in a very long time. Do some homework before you go talking baseless shit on the internet.

JKyle (July 25, 2006)

Good review. I just picked this up and haven't watched it yet, but I was hoping it would be more than the Linkin Park-stylie collection of random crap.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Score is for the review. You want some good celtic music check out 'Spirit of the West." They mix rock and folk into a beer drinking good time. One of the best bands ever to come out of BC.

theOneTrueBill (July 25, 2006)

Where's the Bigwig review?

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

people like this band?

huh.. didnt know

niveK82 (July 25, 2006)

Rule 7: If it's your first night, you have to review.

jockmcbored (July 25, 2006)

a band i can't stand.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

no doubt!!! I am going to buy this tonight!! absolute favorite band.

SalsaShark (July 25, 2006)

"In response to the defense of Linkin Park, my rip at them was not at their music.... It has nothing to do with the quality of music."

Please don't defend the musical abortion that is Linkin Park. I know it's fair to write a proper retort to the guy that incorrectly thought you were ripping on them, but if he thought you did, let him think so. If someone thinks Flogging Molly is worse than Linkin Park... wow. I don't think any sort of treatment or medication can help that.

Keith19 (July 25, 2006)

I haven't gotten this, but I know I will and I'll probably enjoy it very much. Score is for hopes and dreams.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Yet again flogging molly releases something and i had no idea it was coming. they gotta hype this shit.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Flogging Molly's lyrics are being used in Harvards literary course! no shit!

JonC (July 25, 2006)

oops, dude two below me

JonC (July 25, 2006)

dude below me is so right

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Flogging Molly don't have a lyricist like Shane, so I guess they're shit outta luck.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

I know what it is!!! All of you fake "punks" who loved Flogging Molly two years ago have moved on to the next fad....uh, screamo, emo-core, whatever...........the real punks will have this disc spinning tonight!

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

flogging molly = gimmick

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

A joke in Ireland? Eh mabye to some, but I got a buddy who lives in Galway and he loves him.

- Jason

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Yes, they hit number 20 on your American charts....shows how immature and fickle the punk community is. Aye and to top it off they are not California punk. They are fronted by hometown boy Dave King. And Bridget has a house in Dublin too. Flogging are the real deal. Spider Stacy (from the Pogues) even went on record and said Flogging Molly took what they did and improved upon it.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

The comment that nobody in Ireland cares about this band?! They sell out every show and were front page news when Flogging Molly hit your American Billboard charts. Buncha know-it-alls....ha!

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Posted by MikeStupid on 2006-07-25 07:37:36
What's with the sudden upswing of Flogging Molly hate? This band writes great songs and puts on a more fun live show than just about any band without the word "Souls" in their name.


you just tipped your tragically pathetic hand with the last half of that last sentence.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

They're not an Irish punk band, they're a Californian pogues rip off.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

I'm a little surprised at the negative attitude towards this band. They won't change your life or anything, but damned if they aren't one of the most fun bands I've ever seen live. And their studio albums are always consistent.

superdude (July 25, 2006)

Rule 1: Never defend your reviews in the comments.

William_David (July 25, 2006)

In response to the defense of Linkin Park, my rip at them was not at their music. I will subdue any feelings I have towards it. The ripw as at the fact that they release one album, then release a remix of that album and then finally another, then a live DVD and CD. It's a rip at putting out a ton of extra crap because they can't think of a new album. It has nothing to do with the quality of music.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

aside from genre ties Flogging Molly and The Pogues sound very little alike, get your ears checked. To say they are useless because The Pogues did it first that is like saying every american punk band is useless because The Ramones put out their record first. For a gimmick they sure put a lot of heart into it live, don't take yourselves too seriously now folks.

- APK

superdude (July 25, 2006)

I'm sure this DVD is great, but:

1. I am so sick of kids fronting bands. GROW UP!

2. I am also sick of musicians who think they can act.

3. Save for Luda

kirbypuckett (July 25, 2006)

I don't think you listened to the correct record. This is not the Bronx...oh wait -- Brian tricked us again!

- Kirby

miniblindbandit (July 25, 2006)

I'd like to see these guys fight The Real McKenzies.

SalsaShark (July 25, 2006)

"Linkin Park beats the crap out of this band, and i dont even like them. Score is for the review."

Good God. Linkin Park is absolutely one of the worst bands ever to exist on this Earth, and you are saying that they are better than Flogging Molly. Are you serious? Almost EVERYONE is better than Linkin Park, especially Flogging Molly.

I don't know why people give this band so much shit. They're fucking incredible live and a ton of fun. They have some great songs, too.

MikeStupid (July 25, 2006)

What's with the sudden upswing of Flogging Molly hate? This band writes great songs and puts on a more fun live show than just about any band without the word "Souls" in their name.

Sure, The Pogues at their peak were better, but it's okay to like more than one band of the same style, right?

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

people who live in Ireland don't give a FUCK about these guys. what a bunch of fakes. can anyone say gimmick?

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

I hate those of Irish heritage.

Cos (July 25, 2006)

I think the Pogues are a point of departure for this band. Yes, they are making punked-up Celtic folk, but they do it much differently than the Pogues did. There's a shitload more bands that try to sound just like the Ramones and don't pull off that sound nearly as well as Flogging Molly does with theirs.

That said, there are few bands I can think of lately where the law of diminishing returns applies so perfectly. Swagger was incredible, Drunken Lullabies had a few gems, and Within A Mile Of Home was just boring...

--Cos

joeg (July 25, 2006)

awesome live band even though i don't have any of their records.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

im so sick of this band and dropkick murphy's. they are both teh sux!

score is for the shitty idea of adding bagpipes to pretty much anything.

cash_money_hustla (July 25, 2006)

This band has always come off as rather gimmicky to me. I've been a bit hesitant to check out both Gogol Bordello and World Inferno because it sounds like they might become gimmicky too.

sickboi (July 25, 2006)

There's nothing this band can do that the Pogues didn't do better twenty years ago. After the Pogues, there's no need for this type of band.

That comment can be applied to almost any band in any genre if you think about it long enough. And though I love the Pogues, Flogging Molly have a hell of a lot more energy.

kingofsuck (July 25, 2006)

You all talk about Whole Wheat Bread bragging about being black. Well what about these guys?

You can't really compare the two, since every member of WWB is really black. The whole Irish thing is a gimmick, and I'm sure they'd admit it.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

This band is ridiculously fun live. That seems to be the criteria for getting signed to SideOneDummy; they don't have any bands that don't bring it live.

fallingupwards84 (July 25, 2006)

ten whole songs on the audio cd? whoop-dee-fucking-doo.

fuck this band.

mattp330 (July 25, 2006)

i'm not really into this band, i respect them, i just feel like once you've heard one song you've heard them all

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

"(Iím looking in your direction, Linkin Park)."

Linkin Park beats the crap out of this band, and i dont even like them. Score is for the review.

Jesse (July 25, 2006)

There's nothing this band can do that the Pogues didn't do better twenty years ago. After the Pogues, there's no need for this type of band.

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

Seriously, where the FUCK is the Bronx review??!@?!

Anonymous (July 25, 2006)

God this band is awful.

You all talk about Whole Wheat Bread bragging about being black. Well what about these guys?

NOBODY in Ireland takes these guys seriously. They're a hoax.

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