Hacking the Scene with the Pogues

Like Goth kids, You can’t hack the scene without naming bands like Bauhaus, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees or The Diary of Dreams. The same thing goes for Celtic Rock. Names like Dropkick Murphy’s, Seven Nations, Enter the Haggis and The Pogues are just few names that make up the entire umbrella of music. So , when you have the pass code, you’re in.

This music has never been more hip and relevant in today’s concert scene.

The Pogues have always served as an example of a band that never aims to please anybody for the sake of  having a top 40 tune out there in the charts. They have created a style of their own without caring what critics  say . There are even some song titles that can bring a shiver to anyone who thinks Celtic music is supposed to be polite and ‘safe’.

The scruffy voice of Shane McGowan is there to remind us , that what is Irish music if it’s just about glens and hills…and never about Guinness or Leprechauns. Surely , the naughty punk sensibilities should always remain if the spirit if the music has to survive. The Pogues along with other bands have brought the spirit of the music to the new century. And everyone keeps digging the scene, people of all races and geographical locations. This is the new age of Irish rock.


2 thoughts on “Hacking the Scene with the Pogues

  1. I could not agree more. Celtic rock music has become saturated with songs about guinness and whiskey when it should be simply about a love of life. I play in a band called Hoist the Colors. We are from a small area in Southern California known as the South Bay. It is right next to LAX. I would like to think that we are doing something different as opposed to many of the bands in this genre of music. We like to blend Irish traditional music with American Folk in the vein of Woody Guthrie as well as blue grass and of course punk. Please take a listen and let me know what you think. Any advice or criticism would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for writing,


  2. Josh I listened to your band and I think the music is fabulous! I love blue grass as well. Let’s see what the following days will bring. I am getting into your band’s music 🙂


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