One for Friday — The Pogues, “The Broad Majestic Shannon”


Thirty years ago this month, the Pogues released their third full-length album, If I Should Fall from Grace with God. A personal favorite, that’s probably something I should have casually been aware of, but instead I was alerted to that fact via a delightful new information source.


A friend of mine has launched a Twitter account devoted to a meticulous, dedicated look back at the year 1988. We’re only days into the year, but he’s already provided mighty in excavating odd little details and revisiting the culture of that year. Just last night, he live-tweeted an episode of Family Ties, being careful to select a half-hour that originally aired in January. As someone who was quite cogent of the prevailing fashions and culture of the year in question, I can confirm his observation that “important front hair” was plentiful.

In solidarity, I’m listening to the Pogues today, too, and doing my part to help others do the same. The River Shannon is indeed broad and majestic, you know.

Listen or download —> The Pogues, “The Broad Majestic Shannon”

(Disclaimer: I believe that If I Should Fall From Grace with God, along with the bulk of the Pogues’ stirring output, is available for purchase from your favorite local, independently-owned record store in a manner that compensate both the original artist and the proprietor of said shop. This track is shared not to impede commerce, but to encourage it. Run, don’t walk. Buy the album. It’s good for what ails you, just like a lovely sip of Irish whiskey. I believe sharing this song in this space at this time in this manner constitutes fair use, but I know the rules. I will gladly and promptly remove the file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)