Saturday, November 26, 2011

Support your local bands

The Brazilians seem to be asleep at the wheel, and you can't say I didn't give them a chance. So here is some more non-Brazilian music. And yes, the Pogues were a London band, even if decidedly London-Irish. Apparently they gave the Irish Tourist Board coniptions by resurrecting the image of the drunken, fighting paddy. I reckon that Shane McGowan is one of the finest song-writers ever, but there are a number of depressing documentaries featuring him as a brilliant, but destroyed and shambling alcoholic wreck.
This is one that you enjoyed listening to when you were younger:
and here's one for New York:

and a couple for London

and one for Ireland (except that the song is Scottish):

And if you want the best of their albums (besides the various best-ofs), it's probably "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash" (a Winston Churchill quotation, describing the traditions of the Royal Navy), produced by the ubiquitous Elvis Costello.

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