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The Pogues: The Sweet Smell Of Success

Report by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 28 March 1986


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The Pogues (1986)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, February 1986

Pogues Shane McGowan and Jem Finer talk about traditional Irish music, the band, songwriting, touring, and Shane's fantastic laugh.

File format: mp3; file size: 60mb, interview length: 1h 05' 34" sound quality: **

The Pogues (1986) [excerpt]

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, February 1986

Excerpt from Mat Snow's interview with The Pogues, recorded 1986. Pogues Shane McGowan and Jem Finer talk about traditional Irish music, the band, songwriting, touring, and Shane's fantastic laugh.

File format: mp3; file size: 14mb, interview length: 14' 41" sound quality: **

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The Pogues: Mahone Ranger's Handbook

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 13 August 1983

GAVIN MARTIN meets the punks who turned to Irish folk music and became the Pogues with the brogue ...

Pogue Mahone: Bull And Gate, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 24 September 1983

AT THE delightful Bull And Gate public house in Kentish Town, Pogue Mahone played their usual blisteringly wonderful set. Containing some of the most evil-looking ...

Pogues, Boothill Foot Tappers: Mean Fiddler, Harlesden

Live Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 4 August 1984

IT WAS not a night to be sober. ...

The Pogues: For A Few Ciders More

Interview by David Quantick, Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 11 August 1984

A TABLE littered with the debris of an early evening's drinking, three Pogues attempt to justify their existence. ...

The Pogues, Elvis Costello, The Swamps, Lash Lariat & the Long Riders : Clarendon Hotel, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 30 March 1985

SAINT PATRICK'S NIGHT the occasion and The Pogues the attraction; in a very large room, the world congregates. Crowds a mile wide inside the lavatories ...

The Pogues, Elvis Costello, The Swamps, Lash Lariat & the Long Riders: The Clarendon, London

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 April 1985

They're of Irish descent! They play hectic punk-folk music! They leave no table unturned! ...

The Pogues: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 29 March 1986


The Pogues: The World, New York NY

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, 29 March 1986

ST. PATRICK'S DAY came to New York a few weeks early with the debut American appearance of the Pogues. But traditional Irish music never sounded ...

Pogues Gallery

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, June 1986

Erin Go Bragh-less: A liberated Irish punk band rediscovers its roots. ...

The Pogues: Aye, Laddie — We're Off To The Isle…

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Creem, June 1986

The Pogues: The World, New York NY ...

The Pogues: It's Really Pogue, Man

Profile and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, September 1986

TALKING TO Shane MacGowan, singer and lyricist with a spirited bunch of North London Irish lunatics called the Pogues – trying to decipher the words ...

A Fistful Of Pesetas

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, New Musical Express, 20 September 1986

In the badlands of Spain, a strange scenario... JOE STRUMMER is shooting everyone in sight, SHANE MACGOWAN has been killed, ELVIS COSTELLO is serving coffee... ...

The Pogues: The National, Kilburn

Live Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 13 December 1986

"WE WANT CAIT, we want Cait," chanted the barmy army at the front rather ungraciously before it all began, and I have to say I ...

Importing the Pogues' brand of rowdy Irish rock

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 22 September 1987

U2 MAY BE the most popular band in the world, but the group that knocked them off the top of Ireland's pop charts recently was ...

The Pogues: "The first thing people think... is that we're a load of moronic drunk cartoon characters playing folk music"

Report and Interview by Stuart Bailie, Record Mirror, 19 December 1987

But no one thinks the Pogues are really like that, surely? To celebrate the hit status of 'A Fairytale In New York', Stuart Bailie legs ...

The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Pogue Mahone)*****

Review by Neil Perry, Sounds, 16 January 1988


The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Pogue Mahone NYR 1)

Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 23 January 1988

Rip-snorting triumph ...

Gleeful — The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (POGUEMAHONE NYR 1 LP/Cass/CD)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1988

The Pogues: no sleep 'til closing time. ...

Mark E Smith, Nick Cave & Shane MacGowan: The Three Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Interview by James Brown, Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 25 February 1989

For its second pop summit of the year, NME lent SEAN O'HAGAN and JAMES BROWN £10 each to buy SHANE MACGOWAN, MARK E SMITH and ...

The Pogues: Peace & Love

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1989

BY RIGHTS, The Pogues should surely be dead by now, overcome by the drink or the enthusiasm of their fans. Yet somehow they've survived the ...

Shane MacGowan: Dark Side of the Hooligan

Profile and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Vox, November 1990

Shane MacGowan has not been a happy man since the 'natural living' days of punk. Now he's disillusioned with the Pogues and a recent medical ...

The Pogues: The Best Of

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, October 1991

SHANE MACGOWAN HAS set himself a truly heroic task: in the seven-year lurch of The Pogues, he has distilled an aromatically personal poetic myth from ...

The Pogues: Determined

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1991


The Pogues and Joe Strummer: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 4 January 1992

THE EVENING starts, bizarrely enough. In a pub which is not only playing the whole of The Best of The Pogues but whose bar is ...

Shane MacGowan: Crash Course To Oblivion

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, February 1993

Cancel the hearses! Desist with the obituaries! For Shane MacGowan lives, in spite of a heroic chemical intake and his ownership of the Western world's ...

London: Ditty Old Town

Overview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 22 May 1993

From The Kinks to Carter, Bowie to Blur, the Small Faces to Suede, British pop groups have eulogised, mythologised, criticised, glamorised, immortalised, romanticised and agonised ...

Shane MacGowan: Lush life

Interview by Chris Heath, The Face, November 1994

When Shane MacGowan left the Pogues, it was not so much in a cloud of acrimony than a murky fog of drink and drugs. Against ...

Shane MacGowan: One More For The Road

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, 29 November 1997

THERE ARE THOSE who believe that Shane MacGowan is among the most gifted and singular singer-songwriters to have emerged in British music in the past ...

Shane MacGowan: It's A Long Way From Tipperary

Retrospective by Ian Fortnam, Vox, January 1998

AS PUNK PASSION dissipated and died, choking on its own irrelevance, a generation of serial venters were suddenly deprived of its primal, therapeutic effect. The ...

The Pogues: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 17 December 2001

NO ONE THOUGHT this would happen again. When Shane MacGowan split from the Pogues in 1991, because of growing drunken unreliability, the idea that he'd ...

Cross Platform: Jem Finer

Interview by David Toop, The Wire, May 2004

Sound in other media. This month: David Toop talks to Jem Finer about his transition from banjo plucking with The Pogues to computer-decomposed improvisations and ...

I Remember... (Melody Maker Reminiscences)

Memoir by David Stubbs,, 26 July 2004

I REMEMBER a three month stint in 1986 as a trainee chartered accountant, a profession for which I was ill-suited in every respect except the ...

The Pogues: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, December 2004

BECAUSE HE'S A true poet, we'll always forgive him. With lesser mortals, you'd gaze upon a man staggering and swaying, mumbling his words and randomly ...

The Pogues: House of Blues, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, Boston Herald, 21 March 2009

THE POGUES PLAYED a packed House of Blues on Friday night, offering up a rowdy mix of songs both angry and wrenching, vicious and sentimental, ...

see also Shane MacGowan

see also Nips, The (aka The Nipple Erectors)

see also Jem Finer


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