The Pogues

Name: The Pogues

Country: England

Formed in: 1982

Status: Inactive

The Pogues were an Anglo-Irish Celtic punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan and others, founded in Kings Cross, London in 1982, as “Pogue Mahone” – the anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic póg mo thóin, meaning “kiss my arse”. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s, recording several hit albums and singles, including “Fairytale of New York” from their 1988 album “If I Should Fall from Grace with God”.

MacGowan left the Pogues 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 Pogues re-formed in late 2001, and played regularly across the UK and Ireland and on the US East Coast, until dissolving again in 2014. The group did not record any new material during this second incarnation.

Their politically-tinged music was informed by MacGowan and Stacy’s punk backgrounds, yet used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin and accordion.

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Band members

  • Spider Stacy – vocals, tin whistle
  • Jem Finer – banjo, mandola, saxophone, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, vocals
  • James Fearnley – accordion, mandolin, piano, guitar
  • Shane MacGowan – vocals, guitar, banjo, bodhrán
  • Andrew Ranken – drums, percussion, harmonica, vocals
  • Darryl Hunt – bass guitar
  • Terry Woods – mandolin, cittern, concertina, guitar, vocals
  • Philip Chevron – guitar, vocals
  • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar

Discography

Albums:

  • Red Roses for Me (1984)
  • Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
  • If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1988)
  • Peace and Love (1989)
  • Hell’s Ditch (1990)
  • Waiting for Herb (1993)
  • Pogue Mahone (1996)

EPs:

  • A Pair Of Brown Eyes (1985)
  • Sally Maclennane (1985)
  • Dirty Old Town (1985)
  • Poguetry In Motion (1986)
  • Haunted (1986)
  • Fairytale Of New York (1987)
  • St. Patrick’s Night (1988)
  • If I Should Fall From Grace With God (1988)
  • Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (1988)
  • White City (1989)
  • Summer In Siam (1990)
  • Once Upon A Time (1993)
  • Tuesday Morning (1993)
  • How Come (1995)

Live:

  • Streams of Whiskey: Live in Leysin, Switzerland 1991 (2002)
  • The Ultimate Collection Including Live at the Brixton Academy 2001 (2005)
  • The Pogues in Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert at the Olympia (2012)
  • The Pogues Live with Joe Strummer 1991 (2013)

Compilations:

  • The Best of The Pogues (1991)
  • Essential Pogues (1991)
  • The Rest of The Best (1992)
  • The Very Best of The Pogues (2001)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2005)
  • Dirty Old Town: The Platinum Collection (2005)
  • Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say… POGUE MAHONE (The Pogues Box Set) (2008)
  • The Pogues: Original Album Series (2010)
  • The Very Best of The Pogues (2013)
  • 30:30: The Essential Collection (2013)
  • 30 Years The Pogues (2013)

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