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That Music That Played Scott Walker on Stage? The Band That Performed It Just Issued an Ultimatum to the Governor


"We literally hate you."

(AP/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

What's a little hate from a punk band, anyway?

In his crowd-pleasing performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touted his "go big and go bold" conservatism — and the union-busting governor took the stage to the strains of "I'm Shipping Up to Boston."

The Dropkick Murphys, the Celtic punk band that popularized the Woody Guthrie sea shanty, had a problem with that.

The band tweeted "we literally hate you" at Walker and demanded that he stop using their music.

On Twitter, some fans reacted with pleasure, laying into Walker...

...while other said they'd swear off the band because of their politics.

The Dropkick Murphys have long written and performed pro-union music and styled themselves as a "working man's band."

As of Sunday morning, it did not appear Walker had responded to the band's demand — see the governor's latest tweet (as of 10 a.m. EST) below:

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