THE POGUES Released ‘HELL’S DITCH’ 30 Years Ago

6 November 2020

Active: 1982–1996, 2001–2014

Album: HELL’S DITCH – fifth LP
Released: 6 November 1990 – 30 years ago today

The Courier Journal wrote at the time: “This great new album proves MacGowan has somehow managed to survive without turning into a bore… For all their musical prowess,
the Pogues would be just another pack of jigmasters without lead singer, chief songwriter
and dental-hygiene poster boy Shane MacGowan, whose brilliant, half-muttered singing and blackly sentimental writing are at the heart of this band.”
Full review here.

Shane MacGowan: “The most important thing to remember about drunks is that
drunks are far more intelligent than non-drunks- they spend a lot of time talking in pubs,
unlike workaholics who concentrate on their careers and ambitions, who never develop
their higher spiritual values, who never explore the insides of their head like a drunk does.”

Turn Up The Volume: Not their most inspired work, yet some remarkable songs on it make it a notable listen like this magnificent ballad Summer In Siam

Full album

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