Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Pogues Perform "If I Should Fall From Grace With God"

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Blogger Steve Sailer said...

Sean MacGowan's still alive and poor Kirsty MacColl, who did the Fairytale of New York Christmas duet with him, was run over by a Mexican billionaire's speedboat. ...

March 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Great to see you getting your Irish up for the big day.

I've posted a fair share of Irish tunes on your blog over the years. You're absolutely right: NY has some great Irish bands.

Here's some tunes to add to the mix:

1. Mary O'Dowd

This song says it all. A famous song around these here parts. Great pics in this video, too. "When NY Was Irish"

2. Wolfe Tones

I met the writer of this song. He lives in NYC, even though the famous Wolfe Tones are from Ireland. Here's "Streets of NY"

3. Black '47

For a look at the real gritty NYC back in the early 80s, check out Black '47's "40 Shades of Blue". Amazing footage, with a "Guys and Doll's" theme to the video. Amazing thing is, now you can't even touch the property in this video since it has been soooooo gentrified!

4. Finbar Furey

This song, an old folk tune covered by so many, as it is played in the movie "Gangs of NY". "New York Girls"

NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

But no matter what, there's no "band" in NY that can play the tunes like these guys. If you've ever experienced them live, you know what I'm talking about. The first song, a fitting piece for a police academy graduation, and a prayer which I suspect readers of this blog will appreciate in general: "Hard Times Come Again No More". The second, a rather patriotic set. And the third, some pageantry!

March 15, 2012 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger 박태민 마태오 said...

In terms of an Irish-American band that's gained mainstream success, it's hard to think of one bigger than Dropkick Murphys. In fact, they teamed up with Shane McGowan from The Pogues and made the song "Good Rats" all about Guinness' secret recipe^^. Here is the interview with them:

Here's a live version of "Good Rats" in The Netherlands sans Mr. McGowan:

And of course the studio version:
Gotta love the Murphys!

March 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

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