Saturday, 11 January 2014

THE POGUES































"Hells ditch"
Year:  1990
Country:  Ireland
City:  Dublin
Label:  Pogue Mahone
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Anti-Folk



























Irish punk folk or "anti-folk" band. The original name of the band was "Pogue Mahone" (meaning "Kiss My Ass" in Gaelic) and in fact for some albums distribution and promotion was made by their own label "Pogue Mahone Records". THE POGUES are a band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish music with influences from punk rock, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. They reached international prominence in the 80s and early 90s, until MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems. They continued with first Joe Strummer and then Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996. The band began performing together again in 2001, though they have yet to record new music. Their politically-tinged music was influenced by The Clash, yet used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin, accordion and others. In the later incarnations of the band, after the departure of Shane MacGowan, rock instruments such as the electric guitar would become more prominent. Shane MacGowan is also well known to have joined the first punk shows in London from 1976 to 1979, seeing unknown (then) bands such as: Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers, etc. He made also one of the first punk fanzines called "Bondage".
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