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London, United Kingdom (1982 – 1996, 2001 – present)

The Pogues is a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 19 and early 19. 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, including MacGowan, reformed in 2001 and has been playing regularly ever since. While the band has not released an album since 1996, they are credited with inventing and have had a large influence on the larger scene. The band was awarded the life-time achievement award at the annual Meteor Ireland Music Awards in February 2006.

The Pogues were founded in King’s Cross, a district in north London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone - “pogue mahone” being the Anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning “kiss my arse”. The band specialised in Irish music, often playing with the energy of the scene from which several of the members had their roots.

Their politically-tinged music was reminiscent of The Clash, with whom they played (Joe Strummer produced one of their albums and even joined the group briefly), and used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin, accordion, and more. In the later incarnations of the band, after the departure of Shane MacGowan, electronic instruments such as the electric guitar would become more prominent. The first of The Pogues’ albums, Red Roses For Me, borrows much from the punk tradition of MacGowan’s previous band The Nipple Erectors (later dubbed The Nips).


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  • jessyrocker

    Just Great

    18 Apr 9:30pm Reply
  • penetralia1

    music that makes you drink!

    17 Apr 6:51pm Reply
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  • wackersska

    happy st patricks day

    17 Mar 6:29pm Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    Fairy Tale Of New York is beautiful

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  • suntzutang

    i pity those who don't/can't/won't enjoy this

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • noenahate

    my all time favourite folk punk band. Shane is a fuckin' genius.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Toulorge

    It's a shame that Shane's last LP came out in 1997. I wish he could write and record something new, with or without The Pogues.

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AntyM92


    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Smirnoff_R-n-R

    Ukraine loves The Pogues!!!

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    A great band. A band worth listening to if you fancy a Bloody Mary the morning after!

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine.

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    веселейший фолк-панк с кучей последователей по всему миру, историческая группа

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • PlanAartridge

    absolute classics top memories,, anyone from the "Howayin' Bellend" pub in trenton-vis-a-vis-brenton on here absolute quality gang especially wizzer,nibbsey and dan always love coming in for a good bit of banter

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • alainchaumont

    god bless the pogues (2)

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • JamesNeeds

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    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • azbest_gd

    KLASYKA!!Chciałbym umrzeć i narodzić się na nowo 30 lat temu i zaliczyć wszystkie ich koncerty!

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • dhorasoo

    dat January drop

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • dhorasoo

    dat December peak

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
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