Fiesta (4:12)

Cover of If I Should Fall From Grace With God

From If I Should Fall From Grace With God and 36 other releases

“Fiesta” is a single by The Pogues, featured on their 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. It was written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, based on a Spanish fairground melody Finer had picked up (this melody is an appeal or lure from a sausages kiosk named “salchichas Uranga (sausages Uranga)” in the feasts of the city of Almería -Feria de Almería-, in southern Spain). The video was directed by popular British comedian and actor Adrian Edmondson. “Fiesta” was the last Pogues singles to make the UK Top 30 while MacGowan was with the band. The song is a live highlight and has been included in most setlists since its release, often as the closer with whistle player Spider Stacy adding percussion by beating a beer tray against his head. The track was also used at home games for Celtic Football Club up until mid 2006 whenever a goal was scored by the team and is currently used as the entrance music for London Irish rugby team as the players enter the field. The lyrics refer to the Spanish city of Almería, as well as former bassist Cait O’Riordan’s departure from the group, and subsequent marriage to Elvis Costello.

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