TOSSERS, THE: Gloatin & Showboatin: DVD/CD

May 26, 2008

An instant classic for your St. Patrick’s Day rotation: Chicago’s favorite sons live at the Cabaret Metro theater in Chicago on March 17, 2006. The Tossers, a seven-piece Celtic punk band, already enjoyed a special place in my heart, and the DVD only deepened my devotion. Aaron Duggins kicks things off by cursing the people who bought him all the whiskey and then called for the crowd to “Bring on the young girls and free cocaine!” (He may have been kidding about the girls.) There’s plenty of the Tossers original material (“Good Mornin’ Da,” “I’ve Pursued Nothing,” and “No Loot, No Booze, No Fun,” which is dedicated to Dee Dee Ramone), but the second half of the set is filled with Irish drinking tunes, rebel songs, and traditional arrangements, which is precisely the way it ought to be on the holiest drinking day of the year. It’s not a perfect production. The sound isn’t always synched up as smartly as one would like, but the cameras get close to their subjects which makes for an intimate hour with the band. Extras include a handful of videos and live performances and there’s a second disc with the live show on audio CD. A must have for proud Paddies of every generation.

–Jim Ruland