Monday, December 29, 2008

i'm a man you don't meet everyday

This is quite possibly my favourite Pogues song, culled certainly from my favourite Pogues' album, a traditional arrangement delivered with stunning clarity and understatement not by Shane MacGowan on this occasion, but by the incredibly beautiful Caitlin O' Riordan. This is forever a New Year's Eve staple in my house.

Beauty, of course, will burn you eventually if you can't let go.

Henry Banagh: fiddle; Dick Cuthell: horns;
Shane MacGowan: vocals; Caitlin O' Riordan: vocals, bass;
Spider Stacey: tin whistle; James Fearnley: accordion;

Andrew Ranken: drums; Philip Chevron: guitar;
Jim Finer: banjo; Tommy Keane: uileann pipes.

Produced by Elvis Costello and Philip Chevron.
Recorded at Elephant Studios, London.

The Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault, 1818-19.

THE POGUES: I'M A MAN YOU DON'T MEET EVERYDAY from "Rum, Sodomy & The Lash" LP (Stiff) 1985 (UK)



Meghan McKee said...

hands down the BEST Pogues album ever. They are coming here in March, when i am planning on going on vacation. Trying to work it out so i can FINALLY see them before i leave for Turkey.

ib said...

If you get the chance, hope they are in fine fettle, SA. I last saw them play 20 odd years ago here at the Glasgow Barrowlands.

Anonymous said...

As thanking you I am here this:
Hound Dog Taylor - Give Me Back My Wig

ib said...

Thanks for that link, Roy! Class!

Fortunately, I have a bottle of some gargle here to imbibe while listening.
Great stuff.