Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 440/500!
In his opening essay for the reissue of The Pogues acclaimed 1984 debut album RED ROSES FOR ME, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch calls them, definitely one of the most soulful rock bands Britain has ever produced, adding, But The Pogues arent just a punk band, or a soul group, or an Irish band rooted in a folk tradition. Theyre all those things and a hell of a lot more. Formed in 1982 in Kings Cross in north London, they started out called Pogue Mahone, an anglification of a Gaelic phrase meaning kiss my arse.
Fronted by the poetic spirit and raging, often besotted stage antics of lead singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan, the band made unforgettable music that terms such as celtic punk or trad-fusion or progressive folk indeed only begin to describe. Rhino explores their extraordinary body of work with 180g Vinyl versions of their five original albums before MacGowan's departure.
1985s Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, the Pogues' brilliant second LP, was produced by Elvis Costello, who also brought The Pogues on tour and later married the bands Cait ORiordan. Highlights include The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn, Im A Man You Dont Meet Every Day (sung by Cait), their definitive take on The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, and the stunning A Pair Of Brown Eyes, presenting MacGowans lyrics and vocals in all their dilapidated glory (Costellos phrasing).
"...this album captures all the sweat, fire, and angry joy that was lost in the thin, disembodied recording of the band's debut, and the Pogues sound stronger and tighter without losing a bit of their edge in the process." -Mark Deming, allmusic.com
Cut from Original Flat Masters
1. The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn
2. The Old Main Drag
3. Wild Cats of Kilkenny
4. I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day
5. A Pair of Brown Eyes
6. Sally MacLennane
1. Dirty Old Town
2. Jesse James
4. Billy's Bones
5. The Gentleman Soldier
6. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda