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The Pogues’ 1984 debut album, Red Roses for Me, wasn’t the band’s ultimate statement – that would come with the next year’s Elvis Costello-produced Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – but it resonates as more than a blueprint. Both a punk-fueled plunder of Irish music and culture and an assertion that Shane MacGowan and friends’ racket was very much in the tradition, Red Roses offered a rich understanding that surely opened many ears. Placing traditional numbers alongside MacGowan’s evocative lyrics (“Transmetropolitan,” “Boys From the County Hell”), it lives up to its implication that the Pogues had something to say to the world. Among this edition’s six bonus tracks is an early cover of Eric Bogle’s “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” which would take its place among Rum’s stirring moments.

Customer Reviews

The Pogues Best Album-Raw Punk!!!

As an avid pogues fan, i must say that this is my favorite album by Shane and the boys. Songs like "Greenland Whale Fisheries," "Transmetropolitan," "Dark Streets of London" and "Boys from the County Hell" are in my opinion the best songs Shane has ever written. This album has been my best friend on many a drunk night; I can't help but sing along and chug.

The birth of celtic punk

Easily the most raw, and arguably the best Pogues album. I think from the moment that Transmetropolitan starts--and with it an entire genre of music--you'll never be the same again. No weak tracks, no crap, just spectacular music.

The Godfathers of "Irish punk"

I wouldn't recommend Red Roses to the casual Pogues listener, but this has to be one I play the most. I'm a lifelong fan and I find the stripped down, unpolished work on this album to be their best. Not the best musicianship, but the one which epitomizes the spirit they were trying to capture. Shane's approach was to do only one take (two at the most), on his vocals. That spontaneity is a big part of what makes this record so great.


Formed: 1982 in Kings Cross, London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-'80s. Led by Shane MacGowan, whose slurred, incomprehensible voice often disguised the sheer poetry of his songs, the Pogues were undeniably political -- not only were many of their songs explicitly in favor of working-class liberalism, but the wild, careening sound of their punk-injected folk was implicitly radical. While the band was clearly radical, they...
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