Dropkick Murphys “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” Review

Dropkick Murphys
“Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding”
Released: March 21, 2020

Oi! Mick Jones, put that pudding down!

What do you do when a legend you look up to and adore steals your pudding? It’s the age old predicament that these Boston lads are finally exploring here, with this two song digital only single. There’s a story to tell here, a friend close to the Dropkick Murphys named Tedd Hutt (Flogging Molly), claims that the legendary Mick Jones removed Ted’s fabled pudding from a refrigerator inside a recording studio one night, and ate it. Causing Ted great discomfort and displeasure at the loss of this pudding, your honor. Wait! This isn’t a court room!? Overruled! Ok this is getting silly. So anyway, the puddle was stolen. Mick Jones did it. Teddy had no pudding and the Dropkick Murphys stepped in to sing about it. Wunderbar!

The song is what you might expect from the Dropkicks. Fun. Sarcastic. Tin whistles and all that. Celtic punk rock. You know the formula by now. It serves as a brilliant bridge from a band that hasn’t graced fans with new material since 2017. Also, given all this Coronavirus stuff causing us all depression, it’s nice to have a little comedy in our lives. “Never mind singing about police on your back you’re a shady geezer looking for a snack” sing the Murphys.

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The B-side, if there is such a thing on a digital single, is a cover from Black 47’s singer Larry Kirwan, called James Connolly. A more serious topic to counter the silly and fun one on the A-side. Connolly was an Irish republican, socialist and trade union leader. Born in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the organizer of the famed Easter uprising in Ireland in 1916, and he paid for it with his life following the defeat of the Easter Rising. He and the majority of the leaders involved in the uprising were arrested and taken to Kilmainham Gaol and executed by firing squad for their part in its proceedings.

The song itself is a much more up tempo rendition of the original, more polished and inline with what the Dropkick Murphys have been doing their whole career. It has all the catchy elements you might expect. The bagpipes and the tin whistle. Like the cowbell, there can never be enough tin whistle. I mean that. Well, maybe not the cowbell part. Whether or not it is an improvement over the original is a topic I’ll let fans of Black 47 and Dropkick Murphys debate. Like the signs on the pub walls, there’ll be politicking in here.

Secure your own pudding, eh, I mean digital single, by visiting the Murphys bandcamp page. It’s only three measly bucks!

For Fans Of: The Clash, Flogging Molly, The Mahones
Track List:

01. Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding
02. James Connolly