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160.  The Pogues

With U2 already in the Rock and Roll Hall, it can be easily said that Ireland is already represented. Yet, when listening to the entire body of U2’s work, does it really scream “Irish”? Nationalism aside, there may not be a band that sounds more like they are from Ireland than the Pogues; which is a little ironic considering that they formed in London.

Led by the barely comprehensible lead singer, Shane MacGowan the Pogues sang political anthems that embraced their working class roots. Inspired by their Punk origins, the Pogues injected Punk into traditional Irish Folk music and created some of the most original music of the 1980’s. Likely because of its uniqueness, there hasn’t been any band that has come close to sounding like them since. It is unlikely that the Hall considers them worthy for induction, but ask The Pogues if they have ever given it a thought.

 

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Should The Pogues be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 86.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: Considering they were Punk infused, there is a possibility.
  • Why they won't get in: They definitely do not have an “American” enough sound to get in.
  • Essential Albums: Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
    If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1988)
    Peace and Love (1989)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn (From Rum Sodomy & the Lash, 1985)
    Dirty Old Town (From Rum Sodomy & the Lash, 1985)
    A Pair of Brown Eyes (From Rum Sodomy & the Lash, 1985)
    Fairy Tale of New York (From If I Should Fall from Grace with God, 1988)
    Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah (Single, 1989)

Should The Pogues be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 86.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3%

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+3 #3 Milo Geary MiloGeary14 2015-10-19 11:28
The Pogues are fantastic. Rum Sodomy and The Lash made Irish folk music accessible to a whole new generation.
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+3 #2 Sportin 2014-04-10 21:13
I too would rate the Pogues as a long shot, but incomprehens ible is really the only adjective you can come up with about the lyrics? MacGowan's lyrics rate up there with anyone's. The man had the talent to tell stories, evoke imagery, all while remaining firmly in the genre of Irish literature and song referencing Yeats and Joyce.
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+4 #1 Napper Tandy 2013-10-16 03:05
Hell yeah, yeah, yeah the Pogues deserve to be in there. They could play ballads like The Broad Majestic Shannon and then tear it up with Boat Train or If I Should Fall From Grace With God. They made one of the greatest Christmas songs to boot. Shane's a top 10 all-time songwriter and all of the band were tight musicians.

If Canada can have Rush get in, then Ireland-Engl and deserves a Pogues induction.
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