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The logical follow-up to 2005's My Pappy Was a Pistol (put together, the album titles form a legendary old country song), I'm a Son of a Gun continues and expands the Filthy Thievin' Bastards' career-long impersonation of the early Pogues. A side project of the Swingin' Utters' Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski that previously existed mostly to showcase Bonnel's shockingly accurate mimicry of Shane MacGowan's vocals (best shown off on the opening "Filthy Drunken Poet"), I'm a Son of a Gun branches out a bit to include elements of other folk and country styles, like the Bob Wills homage "Oh Sweet Misery" and the Nick Cave-like dirge "Down Every Day." I'm a Son of a Gun isn't meant to be taken seriously in the least — as if song titles like "Dumb Dead Goats" weren't enough of a clue — but the surprise is how tuneful, memorable and fun these songs are even at their most obviously parodic. This is a genuinely great bit of lighthearted folk-punk, well worth a listen even for those with little use for the Pogues.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Filthy Thievin' Bastards were originally a side project put together by members of the Swingin' Utters. Taking influence from folk-rock, as well as Celtic drunkards the Pogues, Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski (both of the Utters) wrote an EP's worth of songs in 2000 and eventually released it as Our Fathers Sent Us on TKO Records. The two enlisted former Camper Van Beethoven guitarist Greg Lisher, producer Randy Burk (who ended up on drums), and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes singer Spike Slawson...
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