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The Real McKenzies

The Real McKenzies do for Scottish folk music what the Pogues did for the traditional music of Ireland. They rev it up to a speed and power that approximate punk rock, but still maintain the melodic sense of the original sound, and sometimes use bagpipes and acoustic guitars to give it a taste of folkie authenticity, while the lyrics deal with the joys and tragedies of Scottish history, as well as the group's well-documented love of booze. The Real McKenzies were founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1992; the group was the brainchild of lead singer and songwriter Paul McKenzie, who has been the only constant member of the group since they began. McKenzie claims that as many as 100 musicians passed through the group's membership in its first two decades, explaining to journalist Nicole Veerman in 2013, "I keep having to get younger people because they're the only ones that are good at putting up with this rock & roll lifestyle, and then they last a few years, they get older and I have to find someone else young again." Well known for their busy touring schedule -- they often spend as much as eight months of the year on the road -- the Real McKenzies started playing Canadian clubs not long after they launched, and in 1995, they dropped their self-titled debut, released by IFA Records. In 1998, the group's second album appeared, Clash of the Tartans, which was released by Sudden Death Records, the label founded by Joe Keithley (aka Joey Shithead of Canadian punk legends D.O.A.).

With 2001's Loch'd & Loaded, the Real McKenzies hooked up with American punk label Honest Don's Records, who would also handle 2003's Oot & Aboot. In 2002, the Real McKenzies documented their rowdy live show with a concert album, Pissed Tae Th' Gills: A Drunken Live Tribute to Robbie Burns, which was released in both audio and video formats. With 2005's 10,000 Shots, the Real McKenzies jumped ship to Fat Wreck Chords, the noted California punk label that served as distributor for Honest Don's. The relationship would be fruitful, with the group releasing four albums through Fat between 2008 and 2015, and label prexy "Fat Mike" Burkett (who is also the leader of NOFX) produced their 2015 release Rats in the Burlap. Through their steady road work and consistent run of recordings, the Real McKenzies have built up an impressive fan following, and have shared stages with fellow Celtic punk acts Flogging Molly, the Dropkick Murphys, and Shane MacGowan, as well as many noted punk and metal favorites, including Metallica, the Misfits, Rancid, and Voodoo Glow Skulls. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Playing it by ear
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fave song is gi' us a dram
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You still wish you were me ???
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steveo62rock s
Great band!
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very good
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nyrmetros
Rather fun music
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cocacola2244 2
Love. It
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cocacola2244 2
Lobe the McKenzies!!
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experimentin g with the ways of kicking a** since 1992
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REAL MEN WEAR KILTS!!!!!!! ! ! !
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you should see these guys live, best hole in the wall show ever!
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God this song is good! My head explodes every time I hear it.
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nunnayobiz42 0
:)
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talik666
Kilt Jumper
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makes me smile and feeling better.
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sounds like Bad Religion with better instruments
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rogers.gaby
you should they been rockin punk seen since 92 love these guys
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damn tell me why this band kicks so much a** i might have to start listening to them more and not just on st. patty's day!
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Oh my god this is awesome!
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this s**t kicks a** when your low
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f**k you a**holes
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Scots Wha' Ha'e is my absolute favorite song from these a**holes!! LOVE THEM!!!
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coldfire828
For some reason the only song I can get to play on here is Pour Decision? What gives Pandora? Fix your crap!
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Chip is awesome.
"A lemon grows a pip,
A yard will build a ship,
As Satan is my master,
I will get you chip."
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pimontero
I can definitly tell their punk rock but its not like other punk rock bands their very unique
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Ditto what the good Sergeant below me posted.
They're way too fun of a band to limit their music! And I require such music to retain my sanity at work!
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Where are the rest of their albums?! This is totally unacceptable ! I demand that the rest of their music be added!!!
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Will Ye Be Proud is such a great song!
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farewell to nova scotia and culling the herd are brilliant. cheers.
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fat wreck? its called 'fat wreck chords.
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fuking drunks
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This is so fun to listen to!!!!
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Fairwell to Nova Scotia is a brilliant piece of gold! Love it!
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"Farewell to Nova Scotia" is no doubt a bad a** song.
but I think "Pour Decisions" is the best song on this album.
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rangeroftheo a k l e a f
Union your right Nova Scotia is there best song
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I'm Skirish.
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I AINT SKIRISH, IM SCOTTISH B**CH!
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This is sick,found these guys looking for Irish punk, not many Scottish punkers around.
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I think their best song is probebly "Farewell to Nova Scotia" If anyone says they know a better song by them please post it.
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These guys kick a**

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my wife is a mackenzie and i am a mackinnon. this is a new genre for us and we can't get enough!!
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gimmedatbeat 6 2
sorry but no stunis...
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stunis
i cant belive how much they sound like bad religion anyone agree?
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Love this s**t!!
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jhomola9
good stuff yeah
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landaou
From the Grant Clan to the McKenzies! ROCK ON!
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hmfiend
Love it - I want to hear their other albums!
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They are a hell of alot betterrrr than D.K. UP THA REAL McKENZIES !!! UP THA SCOTS !!! UP THA PUNX !!!
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These guys are one of my favourite bands. Awesomes Lads as well. Fun tae hang oot wit tae boot. As a fellow kilt wearing Lad and not tae mention the Mac/Mc Kenzies are allies wit my Clan, they are one of the best bands oot tae incorperate the bagpipes (and do it proper, thanks MacNasty)and good auld PUNKITY ROCKITY, wit traditional Scottish classics. And sorry tae tell ye The Real McKenzies came oot before Dropkick Murphy's and D.M. will admit R.M. inspired them. On top of that they're a hell of
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janicelynned
awsome!!!!
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