If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Release date
1988
Running length
19 tracks
Running time
63:57

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 If I Should Fall From Grace With God 2:21 109,172
2 Turkish Song Of The Damned 3:27 46,850
3 Bottle Of Smoke 2:46 37,891
4 Fairytale of New York 4:35 293,814
5 Metropolis 2:50 29,348
6 Thousands Are Sailing 5:27 55,339
7 Fiesta 4:12 76,484
8 Medley: The Recruiting Sergeant / The Rocky Road to Dublin / The Galway Races 4:02 1,043
9 Streets Of Sorrow / Birmingham Six 4:38 7,287
10 Lullaby Of London 3:31 34,562
11 Sit Down By The Fire 2:17 26,760
12 The Broad Majestic Shannon 2:51 40,025
13 Worms 1:02 25,740
14 The Battle March Medley 4:09 18,690
15 The Irish Rover 4:10 45,668
16 Mountain Dew 2:18 4,100
17 Shanne Bradley 3:40 6,671
18 Sketches Of Spain 2:14 6,068
19 South Australia 3:27 24,893

About this album

If I Should Fall from Grace with God is a 1987 album by The Pogues. It reached number 3 in the UK album charts. The album was a departure from previous Pogues albums, which had focused on an Irish folk/punk hybrid, combining musical radicalism with strong commercial appeal. On If I Should Fall From Grace with God several more genres were added to this mixture, including Jazz, Spanish folk and Middle Eastern folk. The adding of Spanish and Middle Eastern sounds was a sign of things to come; on later albums such as 1990’s Hell’s Ditch these would become the defining sound. On this album, however, it was very much Irish folk to the fore, especially on songs such as the title track, “Bottle of Smoke”, “South Australia”, “Lullaby of London” and “Sit Down By The Fire”, and the rendition of the traditional jig “The Lark in the Morning” as the coda to “Turkish Song Of The Damned”. These songs were more typical of the earlier Pogues albums, mostly fast and heavily textured. The album was also the first by the band to utilize a complete drum kit.

Also prominent on the album were the ballads “Thousands are Sailing”, “The Broad Majestic Shannon” and especially the Christmas hit, a duet with Kirsty MacColl, “Fairytale of New York”. “Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six” showed a passionate and angry political side to their music

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  • BostonIrish

    Good night & God Bless now fuck off to bed!

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Dugahole

    Listening to this a lot lately, great album.

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • isukkinen

    Absolutely solid stuff.

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • kilozap

    A formative set of songs for me, I happen to mix them with all sorts of other types for the sheer contrast. Also happen to love Fairytale of New York, which is how I found this site in the first place - looking for this song.

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • pilfanatic

    Probably my fave Pogues album.

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Rembetika

    Lol, definitely danslevide1... That or fecking flogging molly. *roll my eyes* Seriously, this has the best christmas song of all time. Reason enough alone to love it.

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MyBlackTears

    =D If i should Fall from grace with God

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • BostonIrish

    There were six men in Birmingham In Guildford there's four That were picked up and tortured And framed by the law And the filth got promotion But they're still doing time For being Irish in the wrong place And at the wrong time

    26 Feb 2008 Reply
  • danslevide1

    No shouts for this album, but somehow, hundreds for any given green day album..

    10 Feb 2008 Reply