Rum, Sodomy & the Lash

Rum, Sodomy & the Lash

by The Pogues
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Rum, Sodomy & the Lash

"I saw my task... was to capture them in their delapidated glory before some more professional producer f--ked them up," Elvis Costello wrote of his role behind the controls for the Pogues' second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. One spin of the album proves that Costello accomplished his mission; this album captures all the sweat, fire, and angry joy that was lost in the thin, disembodied recording of the band's debut, and the Pogues sound stronger and tighter without losing a bit of their edge in the process. Rum Sodomy & the Lash also found Shane MacGowan growing steadily as a songwriter; while the debut had its moments, the blazing and bitter roar of the opening track, "The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn," made it clear MacGowan had fused the intelligent anger of punk and the sly storytelling of Irish folk as no one had before, and the rent boys' serenade of "The Old Main Drag" and the dazzling, drunken character sketch of "A Pair of Brown Eyes" proved there were plenty of directions where he could take his gifts. And like any good folk group, the Pogues also had a great ear for other people's songs. Bassist Cait O'Riordan's haunting performance of "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" is simply superb (it must have especially impressed Costello, who would later marry her), and while Shane MacGowan may not have written "Dirty Old Town" or "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda," his wrought, emotionally compelling vocals made them his from then on. Rum Sodomy & the Lash falls just a bit short of being the Pogues' best album, but was the first one to prove that they were a great band, and not just a great idea for a band.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Wea International
UPC: 0022924449529
catalogNumber: 44495

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pogues   Primary Artist
Philip Chevron   Musician
Dick Cuthell   Horn
James Fearnley   Musician
Jem Finer   Musician
Tommy Keane   Pipe
Shane MacGowan   Musician
Andrew Ranken   Musician
Spider Stacy   Musician
Henry Benagh   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Producer
Philip Chevron   Arranger,Producer
James Fearnley   Arranger
Jem Finer   Arranger
Shane MacGowan   Arranger
Cait O'Riordan   Contributor
Andrew Ranken   Arranger
Nick Robbins   Engineer
Paul Scully   Engineer
Spider Stacy   Arranger
Peter Mennim   Cover Painting

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Rum Sodomy & the Lash 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is dirty, grimy, and raw with emotion. It simply grabs you and won't let go. It's great listening to the whole CD, it's like having a novel read to you. This whole CD is great I would recomend it to anyone with a fondness for irish music and storytelling. Shane MacGowan is extremely talented. It's a shame that he let himself go. P.S. I like Sally MacLennane, it's amazing.