Thursday, January 11, 2007

totally late to the party

Rhino Records has just reissued all of the albums by The Pogues, Ireland's traditional/punk combo from the 80s.

Like most world famous punk acts, I've heard the name for decades. However, in a completely predictable ignorant bout of closed-mindedness, I decided that they probably sounded like the Sex Pistols since they were labeled as "punk."

Guess what? I was full of shit (also very predictable). They're not anything like the Sex Pistols. Instead, what you get is a very traditional Irish sound with very touching lyrics that are at once both timeless and and brilliant in their brutal urban poetry.

I bought their second album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, off of iTunes the other day and have been listening to it a bunch since. I HIGHLY recommend it. Seriously, the lyrics are genius. Do your self a favor and check it out.

4 comments:

EmoRiot said...

Maybe I'm remembering it wrong but I have a feeling the Pogues sounded like a band with the drunk guy who got on stage to sing a number... on every track. Maybe that's the pixies.

Jesse said...

I thought the Pixies was Bjork. And, yes, I think you're thinking of The Pogues. But, while he sounds drunk, he's a very moving and heart-tugging drunk. Just listen to "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" or "The Old Main Drag." They're phenomenal songs.

EmoRiot said...

Bjork was the Sugarcubes. Independently we know almost nothing about music. Collectively, we know extremely little. Congrats to us.

Bug said...

Yeah, way to go us. We're like Loggins and Tenille.