The Dropkick Murphys‘ message to Governor Scott Walker is very clear, “stop using our music.” The Wisconsin governor is playing the punk bands’ music at his political events. Scott is using “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music at political arenas, including a recent gathering at an Iowa Freedom Summit. The Dropkick Murphys went on social media to voice their frustrations with Governor Scott, “Please stop using our music in any way. We literally hate you. Love, Dropkick Murphys.”
The Dropkick Murphys are one of many musicians to have an issue with political figures using their music. Hip-hop artist Eminem sued the National Party for using his hit song “Lose Yourself” in its campaign advertisements. The band Boston ordered Republican Mike Huckabee to stop playing their song “More Than a Feeling” at his political events, and Survivor sent Mitt Romney a cease-and-desist letter for playing their song “Eye of the Tiger.”
In 2012, the Dropkick Murphys also sent a complaint to the former speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly for using “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” at a GOP convention. The band may only have an issue with political figures using their music, because they never complained when the Boston Red Sox played their song throughout the baseball season. Dropkick Murphys have released eight studio albums including The Warrior Code, which includes “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” The song has sold over one million digital copies and reached Number 1 on Billboard’s Under Hot 100 chart. The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the Oscar winning film, The Departed. Despite the song’s success, it never made an appearance on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The band’s 2007 album The Meanest of Times debuted at Number 20 on the Billboard 200. Dropkick Murphys’ best album debut was a Number 6 positioning on the charts in 2011. The Going Out in Style album produced three singles including “Going Out in Style,” “Memorial Day,” and “Sunday Hardcore Matinee.” The project was re-released as the Fenway Park (Bonus Edition) in 2012. It featured eighteen live songs recorded at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox’s home field.