Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: The Pogues Perform “Dirty Old Town”

“I met my love by the gasworks wall. Dreamed a dream by the old canal. I kissed my girl by the factory wall. Dirty old town. Dirty old town.” Pure poetry. Originally written by Ewan MacColl in 1949 in reference to working class discontent in industrial Salford, northern England, "Dirty Old Town" is now most associated with Belfast, Dublin or Derry, Ireland. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s listen to the fine rendition above by The Pogues, with vocals by Shane MacGowan.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Perhaps recordings such as this will soften previous comments by members of Fairport Convention - perhaps the group most instrumental in bringing traditional English music to the attention of the rock 'n' roll generation - who lamented the fusion of folk music and, for the lack of a better term, punk. Fairport's members seemed to have been particularly disturbed by the inclusion of Terry Woods, one of the founders of Fairport contemporaries, Steeleye Span, another extremely influential band during its heyday, in one of the earlier line-ups of The Pogues. Terry's involvement, according to critics, was an attempt to lend credibility where none could be justified. As a former student of this genre, I completely disagree with the critics. The Pogues re-energized a form of music that was becoming a little stale as evidenced by the relegation of bands such as Fairport, Steeleye and the other of the "big three", Pentangle, to cult status by the mid-eighties.

If you speak with him, give Shane MacGowan my card - he needs a dentist.

Jeff Tone said...

I agree with you; punk energized rock music in general, and that includes English folk rock.

As for MacGowan, he needs more than a dentist. He needs multiple implants!