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Thick 87

Released on March 25, 2003

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Somewhere between heaven and hell waits PURGATORY - a new 70 minute CD from The Tossers. Chicago’s precursor to LA’s Flogging Molly, & Boston’s Dropkick Murphys – The Tossers are the perfect Irish hybrid. Influenced by Shane Macgowen and the Pogues in more than a few ways, The Tossers play their own brand of Irish music loaded with attitude and alcohol. Celtic-punk, traditional in nature but steeped in politics and punkrock, the Tossers run the gamit from croon to crass. Recorded in Chicago with Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms) at the helm, and a new fiddle player in tow (the classicly trained Becka Manthe ), Purgatory is southside Chicago pride. for fans of: The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, Flogging Molly. With art from Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers)

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 With The North Wind/Here We Go Again  8%
2 The Ballad Of The Thoughtful Rover  0%
3 Nantucket Girls Song Voted #2  13%
4 Come Dancing  3%
5 Caoin (Lament)  0%
6 The Squall  10%
7 Chicago Voted #1  17%
8 Monday Morning Voted #3  12%
9 First League Out From Land  8%
10 Minutes On A Screen  0%
11 Purgatory  7%
12 Time To Go  3%
13 Memory  5%
14 Faraway  12%
15 Ni Thabharfaidh Siad Pingin Duit  0%
16 Going Away  2%
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John from Bradenton, FL 
Aug 28 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Great cd this is. A lot of soft gaelic songs on it that could bore the flashy type but this is a must have cd. Monday Morning is an awesome song and so is Chicago.

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Chris from Tuscaloosa, AL 
May 22 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This Irish sound is much closer to The Pogues than to Flogging Molly. There are some really catchy numbers on here. One the best points of the album (the fact that there is nearly 70 minutes worth of music) also poses a problem - to many songs and some are rather weak. Still, if you are a fan of Irish music, this is definitely worth picking up.

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Patrick from Wheeling, IL 
Feb 23 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

These guys ultimately often get lumped in with Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, but the Tossers are much less punk and much more traditionally Celtic-folk than either of those two bands. Not that this CD doesn't rock out at times, because it definately does. Good music, very well done. These guys (who've been around for 10+ years anyway) definitely know their stuff. If you are looking for someone who sounds just like Dropkick Murphys, you might be a bit disappointed, but if you are looking to explore more "Celtic-Punk", this CD is for you.

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Sean from East Rockaway, NY 
Jul 18 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Tossers release yet another amazing release. This band is just so fun to listen to. They have the perfect mix of songs where they can get really serious and then have songs where you just want to throw a party.

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Levi from Durham, NC 
Jan 4 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Tossers are without a doubt a Celtic Folk band that is fully able to rock out far better than most band of any genre, not just some rock band with some folk trimmings occasionally thrown in for good measure, and that slight distinction makes every difference in the world. They are able to rock out equipped with only a couple of mandolins and a bodhran, as the opening "With the North Wind" displays perfectly. Parts of this album, such as “Come Dancing”, sound something like Silly Wizard or early Pogues songs on high octane, while others, such as the title track, slow down to show a level of emotion and poignancy rarely achieved in other bands. I feel that this is their best overall original album, but would recommend the compilation album “Communication & Conviction” for first time listeners, as it collects the best songs from their previous albums. But you might as well order this one at the same time, because about halfway through “Communication & Conviction” you’re going to wish you had more Tossers to listen to, and “Purgatory” will satisfy that desire to the max.

I love Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, Dropkick Murphys, Blood or Whiskey, Black 47, and many of the other Celtic rock/ Celtic punk / Ceilidh bands that are out there today, but I have no reservations about saying that The Tossers are without a doubt at the top of this class of musicians. They have it all.

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Gregory from Boulder, CO 
Sep 15 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Never have i heard an Irish punk band that sticks close enough to the Pogues aesthetic to stay in touch with the true, angry depressed heart of Irish music while distinguishing itself with excellent musicians (finally, a mandolin!), biting songs and a real sense of politics. Sometimes Flogging Molly seems like pop punk with an Irish accent. And the Dropkick Murphys have a SCOTTISH lead singer, not to mention enough jock rock credentials to overtake Bad Religion. The Tossers have been doing it longer, and they as hell do it better. Oi, Chicago!

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