The Pogues brought a punk energy and sensibility into the traditional Celtic music world after their arrival on the London music scene in the early 80s, unfortunately becoming almost as famous for the drunken exploits of rotten-toothed lead singer Shane MacGowan than for their music. Though this led to his sacking in 1990, the Pogues had a tremendous run with him as the face of the group (writing and singing-wise). Their onstage performances could be sloppy, unhinged and frenetic yet chaotically beautiful like a massive wall of Irish whimsy and spirit in sound. And it actually was some of the most heartfelt, inspired work to come out of the UK in the entire 80s (a decade often marred by style over substance, image over message and gloss over honesty).
This is the 6th official podcast episode of 2017 here on the Sound & Groove Podcast. It's long overdue but no need to worry, as this is the last one owed to all of you great fans out there. This is the 2nd in a 2-part theme on songs that discuss colours in the lyrics or just the title if we want to get looser about it. So check out some of my favourite tracks that fit with this motif I've come up with this time around.
And if you haven't been keeping up with S&G on Music of Evan's Mind and/or its home at www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com, here's the breakdown: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centred around. It will be jam-packed with my analysis, synopses, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited-down versions of each tune. And not to worry, because each month will containe a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening, all.
1. Purple Haze- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
2. Mellow Yellow- Donovan (1966)
3. A Pair Of Brown Eyes- The Pogues (1985)
4. Blackheart Man- Bunny Wailer (1976)
5. Green-Eyed Lady- Sugarloaf (1971)
6. Coat of Many Colours- Dolly Parton (1972)
7. Weasel & The White Boys Cool- Rickie Lee Jones (1979)
Info of note:
Intro- "The Beginning" by Seal (1990)
Outro- "Deep Water" by Seal (1990)
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