Blaggards' 10 Favorite Drinking Songs
Year in and year out, no matter what trends may come and go, Houston's stoutest Irish rockers will always be those battlin' Blaggards. Since July 2004, Patrick Devlin, Chad Smalley, Mike McAloon and now Brittany Johnson (the newest Blaggard) brandish a three-pronged rock trident of AC/DC, Social Distortion and Thin Lizzy that has pierced many a good man's liver and led more than a few fair young maidens down a path of temptation to the strains of "Fields of Athenry" or "Folsom Prison Blues."
Photo by Kelly Burns-Shemenski Blaggards 2014 (L-R): Mike McAloon, Patrick Devlin, Chad Smalley and Brittany Johnson
And unless they're off playing College Station, Austin, St. Louis or even further afield on their annual pilgrimage to Ireland -- No. 5 is coming up in October -- Blaggards are also one of the easiest bands in town to find. Most weekends you can find them rocking the Ashford Pub, one of the many Molly's in the area, or Molly Malone's in Spring in addition to selected weeknight events like their "Halfway to St. Paddy's Day" bash September 17 at Under the Volcano.
Of course, offstage Blaggards are real pussycats (shhh...), longtime friends of Rocks Off who are always happy to help us out in a pinch. So to salute the band's "10 Years of Stout Irish Rock" anniversary gig at the Continental Club tomorrow evening, we asked the band to tell us their ten favorite drinking songs. They weren't exactly reluctant to oblige, so fans might as well just designate a driver right now. Slainte!
Shane MacGowan might be the only person who can sing about drinking ten bottles of gin and not sound like he's exaggerating.
9. "Ace of Spades," Motörhead
I take that back. There's also Lemmy, whose blood must be pure Jack Daniels by now. The lyrics here are about gambling, but when he sings "I don't want to live forever," we all know what he's talking about.
8. "Liquor, Beer & Wine," Reverend Horton Heat
Speaks for itself. How could we leave this one out?
If you're looking to make new friends, put this on the jukebox, buy a round, and tip the staff. Done.
6. "Whole Lotta Things," Southern Culture on the Skids
A great song that doesn't mention alcohol by name, but has a long list of wild proclamations that sure sound like the ramblings of someone who's had a few.
5. "I Wanna Be Sedated," Ramones
There are so many reasons to drink, but probably none more satisfying than the "Kill me now!" flavor of desperation brought on by sheer, excruciating boredom. It's fitting then, that this is probably the least boring song in the world. We often throw this one at an audience when we want to kick things up a notch.
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