Waiting For Herb

Label
Warner Strategic Marketing
Release date
2004
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
56:05

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tuesday Morning 3:29 23,338
2 Smell of Petroleum 3:11 5,509
3 Haunting 4:04 5,846
4 Once Upon a Time 3:54 5,786
5 Sitting on Top of the World 3:38 5,594
6 Drunken Boat 6:34 6,829
7 Big City 2:40 5,217
8 Girl From the Wadi Hammamat 4:51 4,703
9 Modern World 3:55 4,751
10 Pachinko 3:08 4,616
11 My Baby's Gone 2:23 6,030
12 Small Hours 4:35 5,075
13 First Day of Forever 3:19 835
14 Train Kept Rolling On 3:17 743
15 Paris St. Germaine 3:07 2,396

About this album

Waiting for Herb is a 1993 album by The Pogues, their first without former lead singer Shane MacGowan. The album saw the band continue to expand their musical reach past the traditional Irish roots it had been founded on, and was only their second full-length album without a single traditional song. The album featured the track “Tuesday Morning”, which was the band’s first Top Twenty hit since “Fairytale of New York.”

With MacGowan (who was often considered the heart, soul, head and liver of the band) departed, his singing and songwriting duties fell to the other members. While Spider Stacy took the role of lead vocalist, much of the songwriting fell to Jem Finer, who along with Terry Woods had previously been the most prolific songwriter apart from MacGowan. However, the album saw contributions by other members who had not written songs for the band previously, including James Fearnley, Andrew Ranken, and Darryl Hunt. Ranken also sang lead vocals on “My Baby’s Gone”.

Upon the album’s release, there was some speculation that the “Herb” in the title referred to marijuana; however, according to Stacy it was from the name of a German pornographic cartoon character.[

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  • jazzy_ass

    indeed a pretty overlooked pogues album. actually a really awesome one.

    9 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • parys_pl

    If it was recorded by any other band that THE POGUES WITHOUT SHANE it would be an instant classic, considered one of the best celtic punk albums ever. Instead it's tragically underrated... shame!

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Riff55

    Shane MacGowan was better with The Pogues...

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • danslevide1

    I love The Pogues with Shane, they were better, but I still really like this album, it's sort of in a class of it's own.

    16 Feb 2008 Reply
  • j-a-x

    The Pogues were better with Shane McGowan...

    20 Jun 2006 Reply

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