Rum Sodomy & The Lash (Remastered / Expanded) Extra tracks
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One sad irony of Shane MacGowan's life is that by the time he was accepted into the pantheon of Irish poets, he'd already passed his peak. Back in 1985, he was reviled by his compatriots as a corrupter of the noble folk tradition--however, MacGowan knew that any tradition which valued Val Doonican as one of its upholders needed corrupting. All of which might help exlain just why Rum, Sodomy And The Lash was so important. Harder to put into words though, is its brilliance. Put simply, it beggars belief that MacGowan was getting drunk in order to spin tales as heartrending as "The Old Main Drag" and "A Pair Of Brown Eyes"--surely the lyrical equivalent of drinking ten pints to improve your driving. Yet it worked: allied to his colleagues' poignant accompaniments and Elvis Costello's masterful production, the result was an album that irrevocably transformed Irish folk. --Peter Paphides --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Replete with allusions to Irish history and culture, "Sick Bed" is a MacGowan tour de force with references to the mythical Irish hero Cuchulainn, Irish singers John McCormack and Richard Tauber, Irish Republican Frank Ryan, and Cloughprior cemetery where many of MacGowan's family are buried. "The Old Main Drag," a slow poignant number, is a seamy slice of life tale of a 16 year-old immigrant's attempts to cope with London's underbelly. MacGowan has claimed that the song isn't autobiographical, not surprising given the teenager's involvement with male prostitution, but the lyrics' power are surely born of experience. Nearly 25 years after its release "The Old Main Drag" had lost none of its power and remained a concert favorite.
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash contains several other fine tracks. A traditional Scottish song, "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Everyday," featuring Cait O'Riordan's finest recorded vocal, is one.Read more ›
Although the Pogues were a great band down to every last member, the heart of the band was Shane MacGowan, who managed to convey a down-and-outer just this side of the DT's and death. His vocals drive every song he sings upon, and he is remarkable for the way he can sound utterly dissipated and yet still sing with remarkable emotion. Although he writes many of the album's songs, his finest moments are on songs written by others, such as their version of Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" and Eric Bogle's "The Band Played Waltzing Maltida." MacColl's version is lovely and only slightly melancholic, sounding almost more like a tin pan alley number than the haunted version that the Pogues would produce. MacGowan doesn't remake Eric Bogle's great anti-war song to the same extent, but the way he passionately tortures every syllable creates one of the most amazingly vocal performances on record.Read more ›
If I had to describe this album in one word, it would be "depth." The only thing "punk-ish" on "Rum, Sodomy" is attitude, and even that is a stretch. While the Pogues' preceding and following albums feature more riotous songs, about half of this album are slow ballads/dirges. Fine by me-- the slower numbers really reveal the infinite beauty and majesty of the Pogues' music, both lyrically and sonically. While all of the slow songs are great, the pinacle has got to be A Pair Of Brown Eyes, which is to emotion what the Parthenon is to architecture. But "Rum, Sodomy" is most definitely not a one-hit wonder. And don't worry-- there are enough raucous bone-crunchers in here too.
Some fans might dislike this album for its less polished feel, as opposed to later Pogues albums. But anyone who prefers "Peace & Love," "Hell's Ditch" (decent albums) and "Pogue Mahone" to this album most likely prefer White Snake to Led Zeppelin, John Mayer to Bob Dylan, and N'Sync to Simon and Garfunkel... ok, that's a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.
If any one album totally encapsulates the Pogues, this is definitely it.
shane and the boys kick off this powerful release with "the sick bed of chuchulainn." bodhran drums roll as shane sets the stage when suddenly they sprawl into verse and his vivid tales ignite as accordians jump and tin whistles wail. the song tosses and tumbles like a ship hurled into treacherous waves. as expected, shane's lyrics are clever and course.
the swell subsides as the crew sails through the next few tracks. these tunes are rich and well constructed. while we sympathize with an unfortunate lad encountering harsh realities on "the old main drag," we are charmed with an invitation to have a drink with a "man you don't meet everyday," and take pity on a broken-hearted soul who is longing for "a pair of brown eyes."
the vessel soon docks and you wander into a pub filled with merriment and laughter. you sit back and drink while you listen to a tale of sweet "sally maclennane." this catchy drinking tune is laced with festive pipes, a bellowing accordian, and a steady beat occasionally throwing in marching measures. the sing-along chorus with suck you in and you'll be shouting with the rest.
the fiddles, uileann pipes, bass, and percussion on this album are reckless in the most orderly fashion. shane's lyrics are smart and shrewd, and either touching or abusive. his vocals are gruff and powerful and just plain great.
BUY THIS ALBUM. PLAY IT LOUD. SING ALONG. ...or billy will have himself a "bloody good fight."
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I am a fan of The Pogues and of course knew what I was receiving, so no surprise that this item was great received in good quality.Published on Dec 27 2013 by claudette s. musseau
Awesome album by an awesome band! Magical moment for Elvis costello as well,in this age of remake and re-do's,would b an awesome experience if this treasure was with the original... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2012 by porter
Some may be put off by the rough mix of this CD...but the mix actually works for true Pogues listeners. In fact,this is my favorite. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
"wild cats of kilkenney" is one of the best songs ever. i love shane and everyone should get this cd. now!Published on March 17 2004 by Jojo
This album is the Pogues at their best. Every song is great, except for their cover of Eric Bogles' "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", which is bloody disgraceful. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
Wow. Thats what i think when I listen to this phenomanal cd. They are different than any other band I have heard. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by Brennan
The best way to describe this great band is The Clash meets The Chieftains.
This album is so great, it almost makes me wish that I drank so that I could enjoy it more.
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