The animated adventures of the Dropkick Murphys continue with the newly released video for “L-EE-B-O-Y,” from the band’s new album Turn Up That Dial. Illustrated and animated by Adam Murphy and edited by Oliver Riley-Smith – the same team that was behind DKM’s video for “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” – “L-EE-B-O-Y” finds the band toasting bagpipe player Lee Forshner.
Tongue-in-cheek and self-referential, the song and video allude to DKM staple tracks (including “Time To Go” from 2003’s Blackout and the band’s familiar cover of AC/DC’s “T.N.T.”), while also calling back to “The Spicy McHaggis Jig” from 2001’s Sing Loud, Sing Proud! – saying of Forshner, “Like Spicy McHaggis, he’s a hell of a guy!” All of this came as a surprise to the bagpipe player, who recorded his parts for “L-EE-B-O-Y” apart from the rest of the band in Florida, without knowing the song’s real title, hearing the lyrics, or having any inkling that it would be about him.
Dropkick Murphys founder and co-lead vocalist Ken Casey explains, “Lee is just the BEST guy ever and we felt like he deserved a song. Bagpipers are larger than life characters, and we wanted to make a fun, over-the-top song and video about our guy Lee.”