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One of the great ironies of the Pogues was that while they’ll forever be described as an “Irish folk-punk” band, most of their best songs pushed back against at least part of that description.
And thus it was that their breakthrough, 1985’s Elvis Costello-produced Rum, Sodomy & The Lash revolved around three down-and-out dirges, two of which were covers, and the one original sharing some of the themes as the most devastating of the covers.