New music for lockdown 8 – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash by The Pogues

It’s been an odd day, with me moving house, so apologies if this is a slightly shorter than you would expect.

This is an album that came highly praised and highly recommended, but I’m really a big fan of ‘Irish’ brand music after a track by Flogging Molly genuinely set the radio station I was hosting at on fire (It was seven sins if you’re interested, proper belter) so wasn’t sure where to set my expectations.

This worked well for me as I could only listen to the album in little bits today due to the aforementioned life shuffle, and it meant that every time I clicked the play button I really didn’t know what to expect. What I got, however, was an hour of fun, lovable, bouncy songs mostly about how Britain is seriously problematic and how much we all should be drinking more.

The album starts of with the sick bed of Cuchulain and it immediately slaps you in the face with its tempo, vim and vigor and that doesn’t really let up for the whole three minutes. It’s a song that I can see being a staple of every pub musician as it’s impossible to not tap your foot to. Plus, the lyrics sound fun at first listen then you start hearing phrases you heard on the news in the ’80s and you sorta don’t care.

Every song on the album is beautiful and fun, even the slow, solemn tunes which is maybe my only criticism. The slow songs still have the pump and bounce and it can detract from the carefully crafted lyrics, but it’s still not a bad thing.

My other highlight from the album is the gentleman soldier as hearing Shane Macgowan do a ladies voice in hilarious falsetto would make any song an instant classic. The fact it’s followed up immediately by their version of waltzing Matilda makes it better because I was desperate to have Matilda have the falsetto too.

Good album, it’s going on my list of good albums to listen to again and (ergh I hate myself) I will for sure be getting hammered listening to it one day.

Tomorrow, I think we will go for something a bit more funky…

Published by Adam Unwin

Yeah, I write stuff occasionally, make things up on stage, and like saying words other people have written in a dramatic way.

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