71. The Pogues – Dark Streets of London (1983)

When I think of the songwriters who have done the best work at chronicling London over the years, I suppose my list would probably run: Noël Coward, Ray Davies (from the Kinks), Paul Weller (from the Jam), Joe Strummer (from the Clash), and Shane MacGowan (from the Pogues). At least for starters, anyways.

Don’t be fooled by all the Irishness on offer here — the Pogues are a London band through and through. (Although in some circles, these may well be fightin’ words…)

We’re moving from Wales to London tomorrow, and so I’m a little frantic tonight — but if I had a little more time, I would have used this opportunity to say something about England, Ireland, and The Troubles.

Instead, though, I’ll have to just let the music speak for itself on the next few tracks, and I’ll have more to say once I’m settled in London. Until then, enjoy!

The Pogues (so young! so clean!)


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