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The Pogues

Studio Albums

  • The Pogues Studio AlbumsRed Roses for Me (1984)
  • Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
  • If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1987)
  • Peace and Love (1989)
  • Hell's Ditch (1990)
  • Waiting for Herb (1993)
  • Pogue Mahone (1996)

Live Albums

  • Streams of Whiskey: Live in Leysin, Switzerland 1991 (2002)
  • The Ultimate Collection including Live at the Brixton Academy 2001 (2005)
  • The Best of The Pogues (1991)
  • Essential Pogues (1991)
  • The Rest of The Best (1992)
  • The Very Best Of The Pogues (2001)
  • Dirty Old Town: The Platinum Collection (Budget CD) (2005)
  • Just Look Them Straight In The Eye and Say....POGUEMAHONE!! (Anthology/Box Set of rare and unreleased tracks) (2008)
Recommended Listening
  • Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
  • If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1987)
  • Hell's Ditch (1990)
  • The Best of The Pogues (1991)
Band Members
  • Shane McGowan
  • James Fearnley
  • Spider Stacy
  • Jeremy ‘Jem’ Finer
  • Andrew Ranken
  • Phil Chevron
  • Terry Woods
  • Darryl Hunt
  • Cait O'Riordan
  • Joe Strummer
  • Jamie Clarke
  • Dave Coulter
  • James McNally
Concert Review(s)

The Pogues live at the Point Theatre in 2001

I was nervous about this one. Not having to seen the band live before, and known all the history between them, I was wondering how they would get on.

But no worries. They know how to get the crowd going, and the place just goes mad from the very first song. It’s a greatest hits set mainly with A Rainy Night In Soho, and most of the second and third albums. The Dubliners come on for the Irish Rover. The band is a democracy so they have to let the other guys do some songs. Spider Stacy does Tuesday Morning, Phil Chevron does Thousands are Sailing and Terry Woods does Young Ned of the Hill. Then its back to Shane and the place just goes mad again. Great show.

They said...

We played London a lot in the 80s, and a second generation Irish were beginning to play their own style of Irish music. Punk music art and poetry were all around so it was natural that punk and Irish music would develop some sort of relationship somewhere. I was never a fan of punk music, never bought any albums although I did try very hard to enjoy a Banshees album before giving up. I really did try. While punk music generally went over my head some of the poets and writers in the genre really impressed me. I saw John Cooper Clarke a few times, brilliant, the Pogue Mahones as they were then called and a few more who turned up in UK Festival bills. Shane is so steeped in all things Irish, and in my opinion is one of the greatest Irish writers I have ever had the pleasure to read and listen to. His lyrics are real with great depth, compassion, anger and woven by sheer genius. Rainy Night in Soho is about as good as a song gets. One simple melody, no chorus but every line has its own story. That is quite a gift. I worked with Ronnie Drew for ten years after the Pogues/Dubliners collaboration, and they both had a mutual love and respect for each other. I saw a few Pogues gigs over the years but never enjoyed the uneasy experience. The instrumentals and fast songs never got through to me at all. There was far too much chaos for me but I always knew there was going to be a Pair of Brown Eyes or a Misty Morning Albert Bridge or indeed a Rainy Night in Soho around the corner. I have them on my iTunes now and that’ll do me fine.
Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing)

I have a high regard for both The Pogues and The Waterboys, who, I feel, stretched Irish/Celtic music in interesting directions.
Oliver Sweeney (Hot Press)

I love the Pogues! I love Shane McGowan! When I first heard ‘Rum, Sodomy & the Lash’ it floored me. I was living on the Old Kent Road in the early 90's when I really got into them. I was working in a really mad pub that was full of builders, drug dealers, drunks and lots of Irish 1st and 2nd generation. The exact kind of place that the Pogues started out playing in London. I was living the records and they remain locked away in my heart forever!
Craig Walker (Power of Dreams)

I love the Pogues to death.
Alan Corr (RTE Guide)

I used to love The Pogues. Shane was a brilliant song writer and Balladeer. But I can't bear to listen or look at him now. He's a good advert for say no to drink and drugs. I don't think he has a brain cell left anymore. Sad really.
Jack Dublin (In Tua Nua)

The Pogues were great fun and dance-able, I really enjoyed their sound, and then they came to America where they were expected to have perfect teeth and silly things like that!
Lovely Previn (In Tua Nua)

I am a big fan of the Pogues and especially the talents of Shane McGowan. They had very well produced albums and a very unique approach to the music. A pioneering group of sorts and we cannot forget the best Christmas song of all ‘Fairytale of New York’.
Benny McCarthy (Danú)

Put it this way what could you replace them with!!
Fran Breen (The Waterboys)

I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with Spider Stacey when he played on my album ‘Free’. Shane MacGowan is one of our finest poets and lyricists penning many iconic tracks including ‘Rainy Night in Soho’ and ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ which personally I think is the greatest Christmas song of all time. Their unique blend of Celtic, punk rock truly define The Pogues and they never fail to impress live, true musical legends.
Luan Parle (Singer)

I was notorious in the 80’s for slagging them off as I was a bit of a trad purest to say the least. But having got to know them all and shared the stage many times with the band and Shane (not that he will remember much of it), I think he wrote some fantastic songs and that to me is the legacy of The Pogues. So Shane is a wonderful songwriter is my answer.
Wayne Sheehy (Hothouse Flowers)

Q. What are your favourite Pogues albums?
A. I don’t have favourites but if I had to keep three I’d keep Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, If I Should Fall from Grace with God and Peace and Love.
Jem Finer (The Pogues)

Good pub rock band fronted by possibly by one of the greatest living song writers.
Matt Spalding (In Tua Nua)

I have been a fan but prefer the early music like ‘Sally MacLennane’. I feel they had a huge part to play in Irish music. History and Rainy Night in Soho are my favourite songs by them. Shane McGowan pure genius and I loved when they teamed up with the Dubliners.
Alan Corcoran (RTE)

The Pogues for me strung many strong elements of Irishness together, brought them up to date and kicked them into the public eye. They gave a lot of ex-pats a sense of place in the world too. Shane is a lyrical genius.
Paul Byrne (In Tua Nua)

Pogues, great sound with an amazing song writer.
Gavin Ralston (Musician/Producer)

The Pogues are legends.
Vinny Kilduff (In Tua Nua/The Waterboys)

I've known The Pogues since before their first single ‘Dark Streets of London’ and was hugely excited by them. Shane's (in particular) songwriting is obviously quite brilliant. The band can be really exciting live. I'm a fan.
Eamon Carr (Horslips)

The Pogues and the Waterboys are two of the best groups I’ve ever heard.
Greg Boland (Moving Hearts)

Love the music - can’t stand the singer.
Mike Moloney (DJ)

Mark Dignam (Singer)