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Dirty old town...

The Pogues is an English group formed in London in 1982 by Shane MacGowan, Peter Stacy, Jem Finer and James Fearnley. At the beginning, the group took the pretty name (!) Of Pogue Mahone, a name which would in fact come from the anglicization of the Irish term 'póg mo thóin' (which means: "Kiss my a .."!).

Their first single "Dark streets of London" allowed them to make a name for themselves, but it was only from 1984 that things suddenly picked up. They first stood out when they opened for the Clashs tour. Then when their first album "Red roses for me" came out.

A year later in 1985 released the album "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash", the first flagship album of their discography. Album carried by a cover that has become cult which represents Géricault's “Raft of the Medusa” where the faces of the castaways have been replaced by those of the members of the group. Album from which will be issued the enormous single "Dirty old town", single which will literally explode the notoriety of the group.

But the band failed to capitalize on the album's enormous success, refused to record a new album and only released a mini album "Poguetry in motion". Which will only be relatively successful. Not to mention the increasingly unstable and problematic behavior of Shane MacGowan.

The group returned to grace in 1987 when the single "The Irish rover" was released, which they performed with the group "The Dubliners" and "Fairytale of New-York" which they performed with Kirsty MacColl.

The supreme consecration came in 1988 with the album "If I should fall from grace with god" notably thanks to the flagship single of the same name. Success confirmed a year later in 1989 with the album "Peace and love" on the one hand and the release of the single "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah" on the other. Single which gives them one of their greatest successes in the USA.

This beautiful picture is unfortunately tarnished by the behavior of MacGowan who becomes unmanageable to the point that the group "dismisses" him definitively in 1991.

This will not prevent the group from releasing other albums that will meet with some success and even obtain their biggest hit in the United States in 1993 with the flagship single "Tuesday morning".

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • A pair of brown eyes 1985

  • Dirty old town 1985

  • Haunted 1986

  • Irish rover 1987

  • Fairytale of New-York 1987

  • Fiesta 1988

  • Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 1989

  • Misty morning, Albert bridge 1989

  • Summer in Siam 1990

  • Jack’s heroes 1990

  • A rainy night in Soho 1991

  • Tuesday morning 1993


Clips :

1985 ... two titles remained without a future then comes THIS title. A first classified title which launches for good the career of a group with Celtic influences of the first order and which will very quickly become one of the biggest phenomena of the decade

1985 ... the planetary shock. The group signs here an incredible title, half-country, half-Irish folklore, which is in truth a cover of the title of Dubliners dating from 1968. A title which will shatter everything in its path and overnight make Shane MacGowan a star and this despite a physical not very advantageous ...

1986 ... Beauty and the Beast. When 2 of the biggest phenomena from across the Channel of the moment join forces to make a beef, we imagine that the result will be up to the task. And he is. He is !

1987 ... in a style that is as unmistakable as ever, the group achieves its biggest commercial success to date. Thank you the Dubliners !

1987 ... new remix of Beauty and the Beast. Undoubtedly, singing a song in charming company is becoming a habit for MacGowan ...

1988 ... and yes, this title is not from Patrick Sébastien but indeed from the Pogues. A festive and playful title that we could never have imagined coming from this particular group ...

1989 ... we had to wait for 1989 to see the group a hit both across the Channel and in the USA. It is enough to see the evolution of sound to understand why ...

1989 ... a big year 1989 with several titles of big caliber and which confirms, once again, that we must always and again count on them

1990 ... after a decade of 80 which saw them literally explode, the group begins a new decade which will see MacGowan's days within the group numbered ...

1990 ... new association with the Dubliners and like the first time, the title is a success. The opposite would have surprised us ...

1991 ... after the festive, here comes the Intimist. And my gosh, they're good at everything. The mark of the greatest !

1993 ... the last major hit. After MacGowan's disembarkation, the group will never find the momentum that took them to the heights of the Charts. A great adventure that lasted more than ten years and made this group one of the most emblematic of the time


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