As everyone who hangs around here knows, I’ve listened to almost nothing but metal for years. But every now and then I do dabble in other things, and The Dropkick Murphys are one of my non-metal pleasures. And among their many boot-to-the-ass songs, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” is one of the best. If you’re not a fan, you may nevertheless remember it from the opening sequence in Martin Scorcese’s 2006 masterwork, The Departed.
Well, today I saw the news that Children of Bodom have recorded a cover of the song. It will be included on Holiday at Lake Bodom (15 Years of Wasted Youth), a COB CD/DVD that will be released on May 15. “Shipping Up To Boston” will be one of only two newly recorded songs on the CD, the other being a cover of Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” (I’m cringing at the thought of that one).
A web site called CraveOnline premiered the “Shipping Up To Boston” cover today. Now, a song that good is very difficult to ruin, especially for a band as talented as COB (we’ll leave aside whether they’ve been coasting on that talent) — but it’s also very difficult to improve on a song that good, especially given the authentic sound of the original.
So, I guess with that preamble, it won’t surprise you to learn that I think COB neither ruin nor improve on the song, they just make it a bit moar metal. It’s worth a listen (after the jump), though I have to say I’ll stick with the original (which is also after the jump).
Children of Bodom: “Shipping Up To Boston”
Dropkick Murphys: “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”
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Here’s the rest of the track list for Holiday At Lake Bodom:
‘Hate Crew Deathroll’
‘Everytime I Die’
‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’ (*previously unreleased)
‘Roundtrip To Hell And Back’
‘Trashed, Lost & Strungout’
‘Living Dead Beat’
‘Follow The Reaper’
‘Are You Dead Yet?’
‘Silent Night, Bodom Night’
‘Jessie’s Girl’ (*previously unreleased)
‘In Your Face’
‘Angels Don’t Kill’
You can preorder the CD/DVD here.