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1982 in Kings Cross, London, England


Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Pogues


By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-'80s. Led by Shane MacGowan, whose slurred, incomprehensible voice often disguised the sheer poetry of his songs, the Pogues were undeniably political — not only were many of their songs explicitly in favor of working-class liberalism, but the wild, careening sound of their punk-injected folk was implicitly radical. While the band was clearly radical, they also had a wickedly warped sense of humor, which was abundantly clear on their biggest hit, the fractured Christmas carol "Fairy Tale of New York." The group's first three albums — Red Roses for Me, Rum S****y & the Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God — were widely praised in both Britain and America, and by 1988 they had earned substantial cult followings in both countries. Yet MacGowan's darkly romantic, wasted lifestyle, which was so key to their spirit and success, ultimately proved to be their downfall. By the end of the decade, he had fallen deep into alcoholism and drug addiction, forcing the band to fire him if they wanted to survive. The Pogues carried on without him in the early '90s, playing to a slowly shrinking audience, before finally disbanding in 1996.

Top Albums

Streams of Whiskey - Live In Leysin, Switzerland 1991, The Pogues
1. Streams of W..
The Very Best of The Pogues, The Pogues
2. The Very Bes..
Rum S****y & the Lash (Expanded Version), The Pogues
3. Rum S****y &..
If I Should Fall from Grace With God [Expanded], The Pogues
4. If I Should ..
The Best of the Pogues, The Pogues
5. The Best of ..
Red Roses for Me [Expanded], The Pogues
6. Red Roses fo..
Hell's Ditch (Expanded), The Pogues
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Peace & Love [Expanded], The Pogues
8. Peace & ..
Pogue Mahone (Remastered), The Pogues
9. Pogue Mahone..
Waiting for Herb, The Pogues
10. Waiting for ..
Rum S****y & the Lash, The Pogues
11. Rum S****y &..
Streams of Whiskey - Live In Leysin, Switzerland 1991, The Pogues
12. Streams of W..
The Pogues In Paris - 30th Anniversary Concert At the Olympia, The Pogues
13. The Pogues I..
30:30 The Essential Collection, The Pogues
14. 30:30 The Es..
Pogue Mahone, The Pogues
15. Pogue Mahone
Fairytale of New York - Single (feat. Kirsty MacColl), The Pogues
16. Fairytale of..

Top Songs

Love You 'Till the EndPogue Mahone (Remastered)4:30$1.29
Fairytale of New YorkVery Best of The Pogues4:35$1.29
Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty ..Best of the Pogues4:35$1.29
If I Should Fall from Grace With GodVery Best of The Pogues2:20$1.29
Dirty Old TownVery Best of The Pogues3:45$1.29
Body of an AmericanVery Best of The Pogues4:43$0.99
Tuesday MorningWaiting for Herb3:30$0.99
Irish Rover (feat. The Dubliners)Very Best of The Pogues4:08$0.99
HauntedEmerald Rock4:12$0.99
Band Played Waltzing MatildaVery Best of The Pogues4:52$0.99
Streams of WhiskeyVery Best of The Pogues2:32$0.99
FiestaVery Best of The Pogues4:12$0.99
Limerick RakePeace & Love [Expanded]3:12$0.99
Body of an American (Live Version)Streams of Whiskey - Live I..4:25$0.99
Limerick Rake30:30 The Essential Collect..3:12$0.99
Repeal of the Licensing Laws30:30 The Essential Collect..2:10$0.99
Broad Majestic Shannon30:30 The Essential Collect..2:50$0.99
Turkish Song of the Damned30:30 The Essential Collect..3:26$0.99
Thousands Are Sailing30:30 The Essential Collect..5:26$0.99
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah30:30 The Essential Collect..3:18$0.99
Young Ned of the Hill30:30 The Essential Collect..2:45$0.99
Parting Glass30:30 The Essential Collect..2:17$0.99
Old Main Drag30:30 The Essential Collect..3:19$0.99
Greenland Whale Fisheries30:30 The Essential Collect..2:35$0.99
Tuesday Morning30:30 The Essential Collect..3:30$0.99

Top Music Videos

Fairytale of New York, The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
1. Fairytale of N..
Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl), The Pogues
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