Monday, 28 February 2011

Take 'Em Down!

Dropkick Murphys are one of my favourite bands. The fact that they are unapologetically pro-union and pro-worker figures into this as much as their hyper energetic brand of Celtic punk does. That is why they have released the song "Take 'Em Down" in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin.

The band are working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and others to make sure the song is available to be played at rallies across the country. They have also released a limited edition "Take 'Em Down" t-shirt, which you can buy here, with proceeds going to the Workers' Rights Emergency Response Fund.

The song has, naturally, upset the right almost universally. You can find a myriad of blogs denouncing the "violent theme song" of the "union thugs," along with one utterly laughable "Libertarian" commentator who is clearly unfamiliar with the band when he claims that by demonstrating their political affiliations (evident from their very first album, if you're interested) Dropkicks will now "lose 50% of their audience." But then, this just adds up to another reason I love this song and this band.

I'll end by echoing Dropkicks' pledge of support and solidarity to all the workers fighting for their rights in Wisconsin, and across the world. This really is a great song for any picket line, and I will urge people to spread it as far and wide as they can. Enjoy!