The Pogues

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The Pogues were a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996. The band reformed in late 2001, and has been playing regularly ever since, across the UK and Ireland and on the US East Coast. The group has yet to record any new music and, according to Spider Stacy on, has no inclination to do so.

Their politically tinged music was informed by MacGowan and Stacy's punk backgrounds, yet used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin and accordion.

The Pogues were founded in Kings Cross, a district of Central London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone—pogue mahone being the anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse".

The Pogues have influenced many bands throughout the years, such as Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Greenland Whalefishers, and Irish Stew of Sindidun.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Red Roses for Me The Pogues 6
1985 Rum Sodomy & the Lash The Pogues 5 9
1988 If I Should Fall From Grace With God The Pogues 11
1989 Peace and Love The Pogues 4 6
1990 Hell’s Ditch The Pogues 4 8
1993 Waiting for Herb The Pogues 3
1995 Pogue Mahone The Pogues 4 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Essential Pogues The Pogues 3
1991 The Best of The Pogues The Pogues 4 2
1992 The Rest of the Best The Pogues 1
2001 The Very Best Of… The Pogues 2
2005 Dirty Old Town The Pogues 4 2
2005 The Ultimate Collection The Pogues 1
2008 Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say… Pogue Mahone!! The Pogues 3
2009 Original Album Series The Pogues 1
2013 The Very Best of The Pogues The Pogues 1
2013 30:30: The Essential Collection The Pogues 1
2013 30 Years The Pogues 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 The Ultimate Collection The Pogues 2
2012 In Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert at the Olympia The Pogues 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Straight to Hell - Returns The Pogues 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Dark Streets of London The Pogues 1
1984 The Boys From the County Hell The Pogues 1
1985 A Pair of Brown Eyes The Pogues 2
1985 Sally Maclennane The Pogues 2
1985 Dirty Old Town The Pogues 2
1986 Haunted The Pogues 2
1987 The Irish Rover The Pogues & The Dubliners 2
1987 Fairytale of New York The Pogues 5
1988 If I Should Fall From Grace With God (remix) The Pogues 4
1988 Fiesta The Pogues 2
1988 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah The Pogues 4
1989 Misty Morning, Albert Bridge The Pogues 3
1989 White City The Pogues 3
1990 Jack’s Heroes / Whiskey in the Jar The Pogues & The Dubliners 2
1990 Miss Otis Regrets / Just One of Those Things The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl 1
1990 Summer in Siam The Pogues 3
1991 A Rainy Night in Soho The Pogues 2
1991 Sayonara The Pogues 2
1992 Honky Tonk Women The Pogues 3
1993 Tuesday Morning The Pogues 2
How Come The Pogues 1
Once Upon a Time The Pogues 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Poguetry in Motion The Pogues 3

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Irish Ways The Pogues 1
Live (Unlicensed) The Pogues 1

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