27 February 2009


I've done a couple of posts on the legendary Pogues in the past. Most of those files have been removed, due to their inclusion (in far better quality) on the recent box set.(buy!)

Most out there already know that Pogues front man Shane MacGowan parted ways with them back in the nineties, and launched a solo career. While his output post-Pogues didn't match their output in their heyday, it certainly had it's moments.

A few years back, his label issued a collection of album tracks and b-sides. Not a bad collection, but they didn't catch all the rare oul' stuff. Here's some more:

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Shane MacGowan and The Popes - "A Man Called Horse" B-side of the "Lonesome Highway" single.
Shane MacGowan with the Cafe Orchestra - "An Irish Airman Forsees His Death" (W.B. Yeats) Taken from the Yeats tribute album, Now and In Time To Be.
Shane MacGowan and The Popes - "The Hippy Hippy Shake" (Chan Romero cover) From the Christmas Party EP.
The Jesus and Mary Chain with Shane MacGowan - "God Help Me" From TJ&MC's album Stoned and Dethroned.
Shane MacGowan and The Popes - "She Moved Through the Fair" (traditional) This one has been done by pretty much every Irish band ever. Shane's version is from the "Rock and Roll Paddy" single.
Shane MacGowan with Nick Cave - "Lucy" (Nick Cave cover) From Shane and Nick's "What a Wonderful World" single.
Shane MacGowan - "My Way" (Frank Sinatra cover) Recorded for a commercial, and issued as a single, but never put on any of his albums.
Shane MacGowan and The Popes - "King of the Bop" B-side of the "Church of the Holy Spook" single.

Shane MacGowan's post-Pogues discography:

The Snake, 1995
The Crock of Gold, 1997
The Rare Oul' Stuff, 2002 (buy) (best of and rare)

Of course, Shane has in recent years re-united with his Pogue mates, and all is again right with the world. For the love of everything that is good, if you don't already own it, buy The Pogues box set!


bob said...

long live shane.

Anonymous said...

I think that's got to be my favorite version of "She Moved Through the Fair" and its been done by many. Much thanks.

DeadBilly said...

Shane's numb delivery does manage to avoid the overly-dramatic vocals on so many other versions. I'd still have to put the song itself near the bottom of the list of great traditional songs, though. But, hell, Shane could mumble the phone book and I'd buy it.