THE POGUES

THE POGUES

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    The Pogues is a legendary group of the 80’s and 90’s that mixes folk, Irish and punk music.
    The Pogue Mahone AKA The Pogues was founded in London in 1982. The Pogue Mahone is originally an Irish Expression: “póg mo thóin” meaning “kiss my ass”. Shane MacGowan (singer), Jim Fearnley (accordion), et Spider Stacy (Irish flute), Jem Finer (guitar, banjo), Cait O'Riordan (bass) and Andrew Ranken (drums and harmonica) are the original members of The Pogues.
    The group got a rapid reputation and started composing original tracks. They surprised the audience by being The Clashs first part during their tour in 1984. They finally decided to change their name due to fact that some radios refused to work with them under that denomination.
    Their first album, Red Roses For Me is released in 1985.
    Philip Chevron (guitar) joins the groups shortly after. Thanks to the help of Elvis Costello, the God father of punk and New Wave, they record their second album: “Rum, sodomy & The lash” in 1985. When comparing with the first album, a slight change can be noticed from the traditional songs of the first one to the second one with a touch of poesy (thanks to Shane MacGowans’ developing talent as a songwriter). Their cover version of The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is even more popular than Eric Bogles original song.
    Ewan Mac Dolls’ cover version of “Dirty Old Town” will lead them to international success.
    O’Riordan marries Costello and decides to leave the group to be replaced, shortly after, by bassist Darryl Hunt. At the same moment, the group hires a multi-instrumentalist: Terry Woods (at the time member of Steeleye Span). The single “Haunted” is released in 1986. This single is part of the original soundtrack of “Sid and Nancy”. They play in Alex Coxs’ film « Straight to Hell » in 1987 accompanied by Joe Strumer, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello, Courtney Love and Dennis Hopper. They also wrote a substantial quantity of songs of the soundtrack, including a cover version of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of Ennio Morricone and a first version of “If I Should Fall From Grace With God”
    In 1987, The Dubliners (pioneers of Irish folk in Europe in the 60’s and 70’s) celebrate their 25th anniversary. They record a double CD including “The Irish Rover” with The Pogues.
    The Irish new generation meeting the old one results in a mix of modernity and tradition.
    In 1988 The Pogues record their most successful album: “If I Should Fall From Grace with God” with its hit “Fairytale of New York” sang by Shane MacGowan and Kirsty McColl.
    Then came along “Peace and Love” in 1989 and “Hell’s Ditch” in 1990.

    With Shane’s MacGowan departure the group loses a bit of its energy. Joe Strummer (past leader of the Clash) will be Shane’s replacement during quite some time, until Spider Stacy takes his place. Two albums will result of this new group Waiting for Herb (with the single Tuesday Morning) and Pogue Mahone, just before their dissolution in 1996.

    Back together in 2001 with Shane MacGowan, The Pogues haven’t stopped touring around the world since then.
    The Pogues, a group that affects all generations, that is respected fort its Art, that has marked the history of music and rock; is the last of its generation.
    30 years of Music, Sharing, Energy, Tradition and Innovation!

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