Pogues - Original Album Series (2009)
rock | 5cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
WEA/Rhino 0825646839490 | rec: 1984-90 | 1560Mb
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 Sodomy & 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.