So you think you know the Pogues? Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...
With Thanksgiving over, Christmas music season is officially here. In the next month, Steve Spears will perhaps make his traditional post about his favorite '80s Christmas song - Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues. For many, our knowledge on The Pogues is limited to that song, so let's expand our horizons and hear more from The Pogues with their catch little ditty Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
The Pogues are best described as an punk-folk band from England with the focus centered on their lead singer Shane McGowan. Among McGowan's "assets" are his distinct drunkenly voice and the worst teeth in music. Those teeth are unfortunately on display for the poppy Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, a song that was a hit on the Modern Rock Tracks charts in 1989. The video for Yeah x 5 is an homage to the '60s going from the clean cut era to psychedelica.
With instruments like the tin whistle, accordion, banjo and mandolin, The Pogues were a unique band and because of their Celtic influences it is no surprise that they had the most chart success in Ireland where they had 15 Top 40 hits and two number one's (including Fairytale Of New York with Kirsty McColl). In 1991, McGowan left the band because of his drinking problems and was replaced by Joe Strummer of The Clash. When The Pogues reunited in 2001 after a five-year breakup, McGowan was back although their recent activity has been limited to release of box sets, books and the release of (to no one's surprise) The Pogues Irish whiskey.