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Street Dogs

Back To The World

(Dropkick Murphys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

Brass Tacks RTE427

Released on January 25, 2005

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From the opening anthem “Strike a Blow” through the stirring closer “Unions And The Law,” Back to the World is a defiantly hopeful, inspiring journey through the tattered heart of The Everyman. McColgan and bandmates Johnny Rioux (bass), former Mighty Mighty Bosstone Joe Sirois (drums) and Marcus Hollar (guitar) speak plainly and loudly as they champion the working man (“In Defense of Dorchester,” “Unions and the Law” or the grunt soldier missing his girl and kids, “Back to the World”), and lament the state of the country/world (“Tale of Mass Deception”) or declare a night of drunken abandon (“Drink Tonight”). You understand and agree with every word as if they were copied verbatim from your soul.

While we’re indulging in some of that hyperbole: the folksy sensibilities and rollicking guitar rock sounds like Billy Bragg backed by the Clash; Bob Dylan on Red Bull and Guinness; Bob Marley fronting The Replacements; Joe Jackson having guzzled a liquefied Che Guevara—then ditching decorum and belching loud and proud. Get the drift? It’s punk, but it’s also heartland rock -- the sound of freedom. The sound of union workers walking home at quitting time. The sound of world- and work-weariness, imbued with the irrepressible, unwavering nerve and determination of the working man.

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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 16 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Strike A Blow Voted #2  13%
2 You Alone  10%
3 In Defense Of Dorchester  11%
4 Back To The World Voted #3  12%
5 Tale Of Mass Deception Voted #1  14%
6 Drink Tonight  6%
7 Stagger  12%
8 White Collar Fraud  5%
9 Patrick  7%
10 Pull The Pin  3%
11 Hands Down  2%
12 Unions And The Law  5%
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Kyle from Hamilton, ON Canada 
Feb 3 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Yeah, solid album. Last track "Unions and the Law" is the best on this album, even though it is slower and more melodic. Good rockin vibe.

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Kenny from Soulsbyville, CA 
Dec 21 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Street Dogs are great if you miss Mike, the original singer from DKM then you have to check out the Street Dogs. They are catchy and good ol' Irish street punk. Also get Savin Hill and Fading American Dream. Oi!!!!!

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Drew from San Angelo, TX 
Aug 29 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Hells yes. I will say that this record is a step up from “Savin Hill” as far as music goes. First record with Marcus playing guitar and Joe Sirois on drums. Mid-tempo uplifting working class Boston punk. Mike never disappoints on his singing, lyrics, and delivery at all of course. The record is interspersed with plenty of “Hey Hey’s” that will get your fist in the air as well as “Woah Ohh” background vocals that will have you wrapping your arms around the shoulders of your buddies. Lyrics are standard for Mike M. delving into subjects such as war, drinking, working, and unions. “Drink Tonight” is a little over a minute fast punk song about going to drink at the bars. There are guest vocals on it by Eric Medina but Ryan Roberts, the bass player for the Briggs (who kinda looks like Poison the Well vocalist Jeff Moreira) jumped on stage and killed that part when I saw them on tour this past spring and it was phenom! You must see the Street Dogs live. You must. The last song, “Unions and the Law” is a folky acoustic ballad with acoustic guitars and mandolin played by bassist Johnny Rioux. Really good ending to a really strong record. Comes with lyric book. Clocks in at 32:04. 5 stars!

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Nick from Ligonier, IN 
Dec 3 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

awesome cd!,it can get a little boring after awhile, but all and all a good cd with good has a kinda mello feel to it, good for relaxing

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Brad from Chatham, IL 
Oct 19 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is the kind of cd I enjoy the more I listen to it. I've had this and Savin Hill for a while now, the only regret is not having bought them sooner. Simple straight forward punk, hard to find anymore without a bunch of gimmicks.

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Mahana from Houston, TX 
Sep 13 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Fantastic anthem songs. Really gets you in the mood to sing along or jump around. Similar to the Dropkick Murphys, but definately has a less celtic sound. If you like DKM, this may be a good band to checkout, but even if you don't really like DKM, this CD is full of great anthem songs. All of them are good - didn't have to skip a single track!

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Brett from San Jose, CA 
May 30 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

It's catchy, from the heart, and full of energy. Politics, life's struggles, hanging with friends are all documented on this release. If you are looking for something new to try out, then look no further.

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Ryan from Colleyville, TX 
Mar 14 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Pretty good cd, sometimes it sounds kinda like alternative type music tho. Overall a decent cd, "Back to the World", "Pull the Pin", and "Strike a Blow" are some of the best songs in my opinion.

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James from Poole, United Kingdom 
Aug 8 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

excellent street rock n roll. Whatever type of punk you like this deserves to be at the top of your collection.

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Cort from Newton, NJ 
Apr 9 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

this is very very good. although it obviously sounds like dropkick murphys, i think it sounds like a harder bouncing souls. either way both bands kick ass. the bosstones are one of my favorite ska bands and i love the dropkicks so its a cool combination.

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