Make no mistake about it, the Dropkick Murphys, a Celtic rock band from Quincy, Massachusetts, is no fan of Wisconsin Governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker using their music.
At the Iowa Freedom Summit, a recent gathering of possible and likely Republican presidential candidates in Iowa that was attended by far-right Tea Partiers, Walker used the Dropkick Murphys’ song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in his entrance at the event, which the band quickly disapproved of via Twitter:
This isn’t the first time a Wisconsin Republican used the Dropkick Murphys’ music without their permission. At the 2012 Republican Party of Wisconsin state convention, then-Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker “Little” Jeff Fitzgerald, a staunch Walker crony who was running in a multi-way GOP primary for U.S. Senate, used “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in his convention entrance, which prompted the band to compare Little Fitz’s use of one of their songs to a white supremacist using a gangster rap track as entrance music.
The Dropkick Murphys’ have made their support for workers’ rights, something Walker has taken away from thousands of Wisconsin workers, known for many years. In fact, here’s their rendition of “Which Side Are You On?”, a pro-union anthem:
It’s not surprising that the Dropkick Murphys would “literally hate” someone like Scott Walker.