the Pogues - Rum, Sodomy & the Lash / by Rollie Agado

While driving back home from Houston this morning, I got around to thinking about St. Patricks Day, what album I should listen to and thought a lot about how I used to look incredibly forward to St. Patricks day every year...   

My appreciation for St. Patricks Day really took off in college when I got to take part in a number of St. Paddy day celebrations and parades.   One of my favorite things to do on the 17th was head down to the Gaelic League in downtown Detroit and have many brew-ha-ha's with complete strangers.

St. Patricks Day in San Antonio/Texas really is pretty tame when compared to ones I had in Chicago and Detroit.   Come to think of it... I haven't been too impressed by Cinco De Mayo ones either.  Anyhoo... I started to think about what albums I could listen to this morning and the Pogues were on my shortlist. 

Please don't message me with reminders that the band is British...  I simply selected this album because of its Irish folk song sound.

Much to my surprise, I didn't have Rum, Sodomy & the Lash in my personal collection.  I could have sworn to have owned the CD at some point...  but the more and more I thought about it - I'm pretty sure I never got around to buying it in my 20's.   

I came around to them a lot later than I should have...   what amazed me about the Pogues (especially this album) was how fucking anthemic the songs were amongst my friends or strangers when it got played at bars.   If there's a feeling I don't wish on anyone...  its the one of being surrounded by Pogues fans singing along as one while you sit around obviously not knowing the lyrics.

Remedy that shit quickly please.

Stand out tracks:

Artists: The Pogues
Album: Rum, Sodomy & the Lash 
Producer: Elvis Costello, Phillip Cheveron (Dirty Old Town)
Label: MCA
Recorded: Elephant Studios