Soulful and soused, usually in equal parts, The Pogues music combined the youthful spirit of punk with ancient Celtic melodies to create a sublime racket thats been described as the Sex Pistols setting fire to The Chieftains.
The Pogues vocalist Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacy on tin whistle, accordion player James Fearnley, Jeremy Jem Finer on banjo, drummer Andrew David Ranken, and bassist Cait ORiordan made their debut in 1984 with RED ROSES FOR ME. The albums 13 songs established the bands unique sound as it mixed MacGowan originals Transmetropolitan and Dark Streets Of London with traditional Irish tunes The Auld Triangle and Poor Paddy. This reissue features the 2013 remix from the original multi-track tapes by Nick Robbins who was the original engineer of the album in 1984.
The Pogues are a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996. The band reformed in late 2001, and has been playing regularly ever since, most notably on the US East Coast around St Patrick's Day and across the UK and Ireland every December. The group has yet to record any new music and, according to Spider Stacy on Pogues.com, has no inclination to do so.
Their politically tinged music was informed by MacGowan and Stacy's punk backgrounds, yet used traditional Irish instruments such as thetin whistle, cittern, mandolin and accordion. The Pogues were founded in Kings Cross, a district of Central London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone-pogue mahone being the anglicisation of the Irishpóg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse."
"What set the Pogues apart from any number of other energetic Irish traditional bands was the sheer physical force of their performances, the punky swagger of their personalities, and Shane MacGowan's considerable gifts as a songwriter...Red Roses for Me is good and rowdy fun." -Mark Deming, allmusic.com
Cut from original flat analog masters
2. The Battle Of Brisbane
3. The Auld Triangle
4. Waxies Dargle
5. Boys From The County Hell
6. Sea Shanty
7. Dark Streets Of London
1. Streams Of Whiskey
2. Poor Paddy
3. Dingle Regetta
4. Greenland Whale Fisheries
5. Down In The Ground Where The Dead Men Go