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Some Pogues Music To Drink To In Honor Of St. Patties Day


The Pogues play "Body Of An American on Saturday Night Live

It's easy to be cynical about St. Patrick's day, especially if you're on the sober end of a drunken buffoon vomiting green beer all over you. I think it's best to embrace the holiday for what it is, hopefully get out to see a good band (The Scotch Greens at the Liars Club at 7:30 anyone?) and kick back some Guinni. If Guinni is not the plural for Guinness, it should be.

If you can't make it out to see any music and just need a soundtrack for your somber drinking at home alone, then the Pogues should suffice. The band has reunited and is playing sold out shows on East Coast for the next few days, and since they won't be coming out here, I've put together a selection of live Pogues recordings and a few oddities for you. Because of Shane MacGowan's appearances in the above video, or even worse in the Alex Cox movie "Straight To Hell", he gets the reputation that he was sort of the ODB of Irish folk punk, always teetering on the verge of collapse, prevented from implosion by a competent group of musicians. I personally find the guys voice comforting, and find the musical achievements of the band a testament that he actually has something going on in terms of musical talent. And if that's not the case (very likely) the music still sounds great turned up loud. Anyways, here are some MP3s:

-The above SNL performance of Body Of An American
-Live cove of Rod Stewart's Maggie May
-Live performance of Big City
-Interesting "Old West Mix" of If I Should Fall From The Grace Of God
-Live performance, appropriately enough on Christmas, of The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn
-Classic Irish Pub song The Wild Rover
-Live performance of Sally MacLennae

And just to show you that it's probably a good thing that Shane and the Pogues patched things up, here is a cover of "Cracklin' Rosie" by Shane's project after he left the Pogues, Shane MacGowan and the Popes.

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