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The Pogues

Formed 1982. Disbanded 1996.
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Behind the Fairytale of New York

Pogues members Phillip Chevron, Darryl Hunt, James Fearnley, Jem Finer and producer Steve Lillywhite recall the production of Fairytale of New York and how Kirsty MacColl came to record the female vocals in the song.

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Biography

The Pogues are a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996. The band reformed in late 2001, and has been playing regularly ever since, most notably on the US East Coast around St Patrick's Day and across the UK and Ireland every December. The group has yet to record any new music and, according to Spider Stacy on Pogues.com, has no inclination to do so.

Their politically tinged music was informed by MacGowan and Stacy's punk backgrounds, yet used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, cittern, mandolin and accordion.

The Pogues were founded in Kings Cross, a district of Central London, in 1982 as Pogue Mahone—pogue mahone being the anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse".

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  1. Review of The Ultimate Collection

    The Ultimate Collection 2005

    Reviewed by Cormac Heron
    MacGowan has a rare way with words and an ability to take something horrible and make...
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