Before Flogging Molly, there were the metal years:
Prior to forming Flogging Molly, frontman Dave King was the vocalist for heavy metal bands Fastway and Katmandu, and then retained a recording contract to record a solo album. When his record label balked at the idea of him introducing traditional Irish music to his sound, he was able to get out of the contract.
The days at Molly Malone's:
During the Molly Malone's days, the band self released a live album, Alive Behind the Green Door and gained the attention of SideOneDummy Records, who offered them a contract.
Flogging Molly's Success:
Green 17 Tour:
Bridget Regan: Fiddle, Tin Whistle
Dennis Casey: Electric Guitar
Matt Hensley: Accordion
Nathen Maxwell: Bass
Bob Schmidt: Mandolin, Banjo
George Schwindt: Drums
Alive Behind the Green Door - 1997 (Compare Prices)
Swagger - 2000 (Compare Prices)
Drunken Lullabies - 2002 (Compare Prices)
Within a Mile of Home - 2004 (Compare Prices)
Whiskey on a Sunday - 2006 (Compare Prices)
Float - 2008 (Compare Prices)
Flogging Molly has yet to produce a bad album, but if you want to start out with the best, begin with Drunken Lullabies, the band's sophomore studio album.
With songs like the title track and "Rebels of the Sacred Heart," Lullabies has some great fast upbeat pub burners, followed up with melancholy tunes like "The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)." And for a sheer perfection, you can't beat the simultaneously sad and upbeat "If I Ever Leave This World Alive."
For fans who are not Irish, there are some albums that make you wish you were, and some that make you feel that, even if you're not, it doesn't matter, you're still welcome. This one is one of the latter.