🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Pogues

A good score and a good thread for SFA

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Interpol 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

And we move on, to The Pogues…


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

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  • Red Roses For Me
  • Rum, Sodomy & The Lash
  • If I Should Fall From Grace With God
  • Peace And Love
  • Hell’s Ditch
  • Waiting For Herb
  • Pogue Mahone

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From The Best Of…

  • Dirty Old Town
  • The Irish Rover
  • Sally MacLennane
  • Fiesta
  • A Pair Of Brown Eyes
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • The Body Of An American
  • Streams Of Whiskey
  • The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn
  • If I Should Fall From Grace With God
  • Misty Morning Albert Bridge
  • Rain Street
  • White City
  • A Rainy Night In SoHo
  • London Girl
  • Boy’s From The County Hell
  • The Sunnyside Of The Street
  • Summer In Siam
  • Hell’s Ditch
  • The Old Main Drag
  • The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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FIRST. But… might abstain as I haven’t listened to a few of their albums. Rum Sodomy and the Lash was a mainstay in our car stereo as kids. Know it inside out. What an album.

Anyone seen this? It’s very good.

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Ooh I don’t know I started thinking 3/5 but, then you have look at that best of list and realise what’s missing from it and it is probably a 4. Point taken off for Fiesta which I have never liked.

Fully expect this thread to include mention of the NME article with Mark E Smith & Nick Cave, along with some sort of mention of The Dubliners.

I’m impressed by your constant dedication to the cause at the moment Funko!

Can we get U2 up next? Or basically any band that will spark a lot of froth one way or another? Feels like we’ve had a run of bands we all appreciate :smiley:

I know someone’s gonna mention the use of the Fa___t word in Fairytale of New York in this thread… But that aside (I’ll give my opinions later) The Pogues have made some beautiful music and lyrics. I don’t love them enough to give a 5 but they certainly deserve a 4.

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Only released two songs haven’t they.


Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, until I get bored again

There are a few coming up who’ll get a bit of a kicking don’t worry.


It’s a 5 from me. My dad got me into them (and The Dubliners) and I grew up with them on in the car etc. Shane MacGowan is one of the finest, most evocative lyricist there is, capturing a very particular world of immigration and boxers and drifters and death and sleaze perfectly and politically, and musically they’re brilliant too. Rum, Sodomy & The Lash is the best album of the 80s (don’t @ me).


The problem with Bands I hate or Strongly dislike I don’t have anything to say other than… can’t stand them. Don’t get them. Etc.
In my experience I write more about the bands or artists I love!

Fuck the police but this bit’s good in the wire


I like a mix is all. We’ve had some really nice threads and I enjoy all those good replies but it’s nice to cleanse the palate with something that divides people.

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Can’t stand them. But they’re not bottom tier dreck so 2/5

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I get that. Be interesting to see how many U2 Fans frequent these boards. I’m intrigued. I may revert to my 15 yr old self and just post. They’re Shit!
I’d have trouble getting past the favourite song part of the topic.
Seriously I reckon I could add something more insightful though.

A band who (for me) suffer terribly by association. So “how good are they really?” I don’t know.

Association with what/whom?


  1. This guy who was dating one of my housemates, who was a nasty piece of work when drunk and was also a massive Pogues fan
  2. Going to shitty uni nights and someone sticking on The Irish Rover and everyone going batshit
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That’s fair enough then!

5 for me.
What a list of songs… opted for Boys From The County Hell, but could easily have picked Summer In Siam or Body Of An American.
McGowan at his best is up there with the very best songwriters ever.

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