on December 24, 2003
The Pogues are one of the few all time great bands that cannot be defined through a mere best of set, from Miles Davis to the Beatles to the modern day Nirvana. But this is certainly the closest any will ever come, with 21 of the best (with the exception of Fiesta) that will certainly serve as a wonderful introduction for the casual fans. It's also particularly essential to any fans of the Irish pub-punk movement that as of recent years has produced many an heir to their thrones (Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys have been the closest, but lack that intangible Irish spirit that Shane McGowan so mastered, nor are they as adventurous) from one of the finest and most unique bands ever, and possibly the greatest band to emerge from the disaster that was the '80s. If you don't have anything by the Pogues, this is a great place to start. The band recieved raves from, and were even produced by such legends as Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer, frontman of the Clash (perhaps the only band to stretch punk further then the Pogues did). If this isn't reason enough, there'll be no convincing you.