What a perfect time to return to St. Patrick’s Day music from the Margaret Thatcher Years. Produced by Elvis Costello, The Pogues’ second album engaged dire Irish drinking music with vestiges of punk rock. Ballads, accordions, Uillean pipes, fiddles and horns fuelled by a raucous performance show how Celtic fusion can truly rock.
In Rum Sodomy & the Lash, front man Shane MacGowan is at his artistic peak; he sings with remarkable emotion and demonic passion while conveying the nearly washed up and desperate aches of a drunk.
Bond member Cait O’Riordon, who sings the mesmerizing “Man You Don’t Meet Everyday”, would soon leave the band and marry Costello.
If you’re a fan of the Dropkick Murphys (and even if you’re not) you’ll love the resemblance in sound and style. Whether you have just an ounce of Irish blood or simply love to drink and raise hell, The Pogues rouse your spirit with “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” and “Navigator”.
The entire album is a merciless tribute to The Pogues’ rebellion against all the ‘New Romantics’ of the 80s.