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The Pogues are a popular Anglo-Irish band from North London. They reached international prominence in the 80s and 90s before breaking up in 1994. The band began performing together again in 2001, though they have yet to record new music. They merged traditional Irish music with contemporary punk, essentially inventing Celtic Punk. They were also highly influential on the larger Celtic Fusion scene. Frontman Shane MacGowan described their style as "playing Irish music to a young rock audience".

Fairytale of New York(1988) remains the bands biggest hit. The song is a duet recorded with the Late Kirsty McColl, and reached #2 int he charts. The song has since been voted the greatest Christmas song ever.

Shane MacGowan 1982-1991, 2001-present

Spider Stacy 1982-1996, 2001-present

Philip Chevron 1985-1994, 2001-present

James Fearnley 1982-1993, 2001-present

Terry Woods 1986-1994, 2001-present

Jem Finer 1982-1996, 2001-present

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The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl Fairytale Of New York

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  • Fairytale of New York

    It was christmas eve babe
    In the drunk tank
    An old man said to me, wont see another one
    And then he sang a song
    The rare old mountain dew
    I turned my face away
    And dreamed about you

    Got on a lucky one
    Came in eighteen to one
    Ive got a feeling
    This years for me and you
    So happy christmas
    I love you baby
    I can see a better time
    When all our dreams come true

    Theyve got cars big as bars
    Theyve got rivers of gold
    But the wind goes right through you
    Its no place for the old
    When you first took my hand
    On a cold christmas eve
    You promised me
    Broadway was waiting for me

    You were handsome
    You were pretty
    Queen of new york city
    When the band finished playing
    They howled out for more
    Sinatra was swinging,
    All the drunks they were singing
    We kissed on a corner
    Then danced through the night

    The boys of the nypd choir
    Were singing galway bay
    And the bells were ringing out
    For christmas day

    Youre a bum
    Youre a punk
    Youre an old slut on junk
    Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
    You scumbag, you maggot
    You cheap lousy faggot
    Happy christmas your arse
    I pray God its our last

    I could have been someone
    Well so could anyone
    You took my dreams from me
    When I first found you
    I kept them with me babe
    I put them with my own
    Cant make it all alone
    Ive built my dreams around you

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  • The Pogues

    The Pogues
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    The Pogues

    Origin - King's Cross, London
    Country - United Kingdom though of Irish origin
    Years active - 1982-1994, 2001 - present.
    Genres - Folk punk
    Folk rock
    Celtic Fusion

    The Pogues are a popular Anglo-Irish band. They reached international prominence in the 1980s and 1990s before breaking up in 1994. The band began performing together again in 2001, though they have yet to record new music. They merged traditional Irish music with contemporary punk, essentially inventing Celtic Punk. They were also highly influential on the larger Celtic Fusion scene. Frontman Shane MacGowan described their style as "playing Irish music to a young rock audience".

    The Pogues were founded in King's Cross, a district in north London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone — "pogue mahone" being the Anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse." The band specialised in Irish folk music, often playing with the energy of the punk rock scene from which several of the members had their roots.

    Their politically-tinged music was reminiscent of The Clash, with whom they played (Joe Strummer produced one of their albums and even joined the group briefly), and used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin, accordion, and more. In the later incarnations of the band, after the departure of Shane MacGowan, rock instruments such as the electric guitar would become more prominent. The first of The Pogues' albums, Red Roses for Me borrows much from the punk tradition of MacGowan's previous band The Nipple Erectors (later dubbed The Nips).

    Band history

    Shane MacGowan (vocals), James Fearnley (accordion) and Spider Stacy (tin whistle) were the original members of the Pogues, in the days when they busked on the streets of London. They were originally formed when Shane MacGowan, in the presence of Spider Stacy, began to play a breakneck version of an Irish Ballad, at around twice the speed of the original. Stacy believed this to be a wonderful idea - although he has since admitted that he suspects MacGowan came up with it on the spot - and the band began.

    Before the rest of the group formed, MacGowan and Stacy were rumored to have played impromptu performances on street corners and city buses which attracted local interest to their talent. They later added Jeremy 'Jem' Finer (guitar, banjo), Cait O'Riordan (bass) and Andrew Ranken (drums). The band rapidly developed a reputation, started releasing independent work, and ended up opening for The Clash on tour in 1984. Shortening their name to "The Pogues" due to lack of radio play for the curse in their name, they released their first album Red Roses for Me that October.

    Phil Chevron (guitar) joined the group soon after, then with the aid of punk and new wave forefather Elvis Costello they recorded the follow up, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, in 1985 (The album title is a famous comment attributed, probably falsely [1], to Winston Churchill and others in describing the traditions of the British Royal Navy). The album cover featured The Raft of the Medusa, though the faces on the characters in Géricault's painting have been replaced with those of the band members. While the first album had featured a higher percentage of traditional songs, Shane MacGowan came into his own as a songwriter with this disc, offering up poetic story-telling, such as "The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn" and "The Old Main Drag," as well as definitive interpretations of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" and Eric Bogle's "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda," the latter of which has become more popular than the original recording.

    The band failed to take advantage of the momentum created by the strong artistic and commercial success of their second album. They first refused to record another album (offer

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  • Joshua

    My friends mom is having one of them at her wedding :D

  • Tomás Swinburne

    They got me back into all the ole traditional stuff

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  • Malachy M Official
    Malachy M Official

    aye met shane on monday and boys oh boys it was da best happy new year pogues

  • Hardcore Fills The Air
    Hardcore Fills The Air

    shane macgowan: ugly bastard, alkie bastard, shit singer, but the songs are amazing... TIOCFAIDH AR LA

  • Michéal Mac An Rí
    luv Michéal Mac An Rí

    Great Band :)

  • Catholicbhoy

    glasgow on the 10th yeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Sean L
    luv Sean L

    Belfast on wedensday :)

  • Daisy

    goin to see them in glasgow woo :)

  • Alistair Mitchell

    Wed 2 Belfast (St Georges Market) Fri 4 Dublin (Olympia Theatre) Sat 5 Dublin (Olympia Theatre) Sun 6 Dublin (Olympia Theatre) Wed 9 Newcastle (Newcastle Academy) Thu 10 Glasgow (Glasgow Academy) Sat 12 Sheffield (Sheffield Academy) Sun 13 Manchester (Apollo) Mon 14 Leeds (Leeds Academy) Wed 16 Birmingham (Birmingham Academy) Fri 18 London (Brixton Academy) Sat 19 London (Brixton Academy

  • Michelle Balfour

    cn them at carling academy in glasgow december last yr, they were awesome ..even got ma pic took wi shane afterwards n geed him ma celtic scarf..was a great night .

  • Paul MacDougall
    Paul MacDougall

    loved them since i was 15 im 41 now and still love them.

  • David Hughes
    David Hughes

    Check out my cover of the Pogues "DARK STREETS OF LONDON".. My favourite band! :D Please join as a fan!

  • luv Eddy Peppard

    my number 1 band! :D

  • Mary Stewart
    luv Mary Stewart

    all my love 4 shane

  • Sid

    Hey guys , i worked with them in Bournemouth England in 86/87 at the Pavilion Theater , it was a long time ago but i will always remember them on and off the stage . they deff new how tae drink the bar dry , lol their also a hell of a bunch of Rockin guys that people don't get to see the real Pogues, they treat people with respect and love their fans even back then when they wearn't megga like the 90's, they were deff known for the drink but not everyone got to see the Pogues off stage an see how they really were everyone just looks at the drink and not the amazing band they always were, they have never sold out to the establishment over the years and for that,THANK YOU , they still know how tae kick up a stir , i hope they keep Rockin for a few years more,an i hope that i might get to work again with them sometime as it was a pleasure working with them !! keep the faith , an x rodie that worked with them.... peace Sid

  • Alex Brown

    [clover]Were All Goin 2 The Pogues Concert :D x

  • Eddy Peppard

    "Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Ohh" i love the pogues :D

  • John Armstrong

    Just made a Shane McGowan skin there.. check it out :)