Gem of the Week: The Pogues

18 Sep

The Pogues are pioneers for blending celtic irish folk and punk rock genres together.

In recent years bands like Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys have taken the irish/punk sound mainstream but before them was The Pogues!

I think The Pogues music has become overshadowed and their songs are a bit underrated too; but they are a great band.

One of The Pogues most well rated album is their 1985 release Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. They do a great cover of an anti-war song titled, The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

Also, the 1991 movie My Own Private Idaho included the song The Old Main Drag on their soundtrack.

A couple noteworthy songs that I like are, Lorca’s Novena (featured in the 1997 movie Grosse Pointe Blank) and Dirty Old Town.

You can read more about the band from their official site, but in a nutshell they formed in 1982, Shane MacGowan is the frontman, who was notable for his trademark bad teeth until 2009 when he finally got dental work done. Here is a photo of his trademark teeth posted on

According to the statement on the official website, as of April 2012 guitarist Philip Chevron has revealed that his head and neck cancer has returned.

“The Pogues are on a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year,” according to the statement.

I was sad to learn that Chevron is battling cancer and I hope he stays strong.

I have linked  a music video from Zinerytee You Tube channel below.


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