Underrated - The Pogues' Shane-less album, Waiting For Herb

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Obviously not as great as anything they did with Shane, but judged on its own merits, a fine album of rootsy punk. Am I wrong? "Tuesday Morning" and "Once Upon A Time" should have been hits...

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:03 (twelve years ago) link

I'm going to see the Pogues in October. Will they be Shane-less?

Bimble, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:06 (twelve years ago) link

"Tuesday Morning" was a top 20 hit in the UK (their first since "Fairytale Of New York!"). I heard it on the radio here too.

da croupier, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:09 (twelve years ago) link

And actually, at #94, it was the Pogues' biggest US hit too!

da croupier, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:10 (twelve years ago) link

Whoa! I had no idea this abum even made a dent. I fished it out of the cutout bin during college at the height of my Pogues mania. I may just like it because it makes me a bit nostalgic for old times. I used to listen to it a lot for some reason. I mean, objectively, is it any good?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:30 (twelve years ago) link

yeah it's good. it's different than the other albums but it's better than the shaneless album that came after it certainly.

akm, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:31 (twelve years ago) link

It's strange, but I met this record at the height of my Pogues mania too in '94, and I liked this very much then, though haven't listened many times since. 'Tuesday Morning' was a good song, I also liked 'Sitting On Top Of The World' and 'Smell Of Petroleum'. Jem Finer is a very good and underrated songwriter - not the class of MacGowan, but who is? Also liked Spider Stacy as a vocalist.

zeus, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:54 (twelve years ago) link

Wow. According to Wikipedia, 'Tuesday Morning' is the most successful Pogues-single internationally, and the only one to make the US Hot 100.

zeus, Sunday, 16 September 2007 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

the only time i ever saw the pogues was on the tour for this record with spider stacey doing vocals on everything. it was great.

akm, Sunday, 16 September 2007 16:06 (twelve years ago) link

Me too. It was the Pogue Mahone tour though, but they played some old Pogues songs as well, and they were great too.

zeus, Sunday, 16 September 2007 16:13 (twelve years ago) link

haha - ditto. I used to love 'Tuesday Morning'. I remember it getting a lot of airplay on 120 Minutes and local alterna stations. Great bassline IIRC.

baaderonixx, Monday, 17 September 2007 08:16 (twelve years ago) link

I believe if it says "The Pogues" it's safe to say Shane is there.

Mark G, Monday, 17 September 2007 08:45 (twelve years ago) link

I have seen "The Pogues" without Shane, so use of the name's not always the best indicator, but he's doing the tour in the UK with the original line-up in December, so I'm reckoning Bimble should see him. Last time I saw him doing a gig, he was so drunk he fell off a chair.

ailsa, Monday, 17 September 2007 14:45 (twelve years ago) link

I remember Jem Finer once walking round Baird's lifting up drunks passed out in vomit till he found Spider Stacy. Less than an hour later he was onstage banging a tin tray off his head.

aldo, Monday, 17 September 2007 14:56 (twelve years ago) link

Thanks so much, Mark G and ailsa.

Bimble, Monday, 17 September 2007 15:14 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

«Tuesday Morning» is the best

Mule, Friday, 26 June 2020 14:00 (two weeks ago) link

Tuesday Morning is great, but I’ll take Drunken Boat over it any day.

epistantophus, Friday, 26 June 2020 14:06 (two weeks ago) link

If we turned the table upside down and sailed around the bed
Clamped knives between our teeth and tied bandannas round our heads
With the wainscot our horizon, and the ceiling as the sky
You’d not expect that anyone would go and FUCKIN DIE

hits hard

epistantophus, Friday, 26 June 2020 14:09 (two weeks ago) link


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