Written by: Kevin Brennan
A hearty hello and a raisin’ of a Black and Tan to all in ATV land! It’s the Stereo Dictator bringing you the very finest in holiday music entertainment and today is no exception.
Live from France on August 14, 1986 to your desktop come the modern-day masters of Irish folklore, the Pogues.
Packing 14 songs into 48 minutes, it’s a whirlwind trip through some of their greatest (“Streams of Whiskey,” “Billy’s Bones,” “Sally MacLennane,” “Sick Bed of Cuchulainn,”) and a few lesser-known gems (“Jesse James,” “Body of an American,” and “Metropolis”).
Coming off what is arguably their best work, 1985’s Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, which was produced by Elvis Costello, the band is in fine form. In contrast to later tours, this show features no mumbling Shane MacGowan vocals, no tunes abruptly ended due to stage-diving, and no forgotten passages.
If you're a newcomer to the Pogues, this is a great place to start your relationship. Enjoy the fine setlist, the tight performance and the party spirit contained within.
Soundwise, this one is solid. The mix is a bit thin but very clean. Sam has no hesitation in giving this one his approval.
As usual, the advice remains the same; crank it up, party down, designate a driver and be sure to return the favor.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
POGUES 8-14-86 SETLIST
Streams of Whiskey
Repeal of Licensing Laws
The Old Main Drag
Dirty Old Town
Sick Bed of Cuchulainn
Dark Streets of London
Body of an American
Greenland Whale Fisheriesmore