The Pogues. Can you clasify them? Classic. Always. Timeless: yes. 5 studio albums with Shane & 2 without. So far, 4 "best ofs." But none of them have hit the mark so far. This one comes close, but still misses out on a couple.
Any Pogues fan buying "The Very Best of..." will no doubt have the rest anyway & will argue "why is this one there, but that one not?" But the best bands of all time are all like that - everyone has their favourite.
But take The Pogues & I would argue that 21 songs isn't enough. Half of Red Roses... is missing, and you could include all of ...Fall from Grace with God - the best album of all time. Similarly, Boat Train, Night Train to Lorca & London You're a Lady are missing from Peace and Love and a couple from Hell's Ditch.
But that is the beauty of The Pogues - other Pogues fans will probably disagree with what I have said & recommend another 10 still.
In short, if you are a Pogues fan already, you will own all the albums. If not, and you buy this one - I strongly recommend that you buy If I Should Fall From Grace With God & follow it up with Red Roses For Me & Rum, Sodomy And The Lash. 15 - 20 years on, these songs haven't aged, and Shane's lyrics are timeless still.
I was in love with The Pogues' songs, then read Shane's lyrics & they blew me away. But it wasn't just him - and it's a pity that he's on the front cover of the album, as The Pogues were so much more than Shane. They were almost nothing without him, but The Popes are nothing compared to The Pogues, so Shane needed the Pogues as much as the other way around.
Whatever... Classic. Timeless. Lyrical genius & the fastest songs you will ever hear, mixed in with love songs that are unsurpassed. You'll not be disappointed by the 21 songs, but buy the albums & you'll see what I mean.
Roll on June 8 & the Finsbury Fleadh.