Shite’n’Onions Podcast#42 featuring Flogging Molly

Podcast#42 features the brand spanking new release from Flogging Molly – Speed Of Darkness. We also have music from Dropkick Murphys (just for comparison purposes), Shane MacGowan doing Yeats, a couple of tracks from fellow Pogue Terry Murray – Sweeneys Men (from 1968) and The Woods Band (from 2001). Chicago’s The Tossers sing about, well, Chicago and we round things out with Brendan Behan the original Irish-punk.

Brendan Behan, 1923- 1964. Playwright, Gunman, Convict, Drinker and all round Hell raiser. The Auld Triangle was first performed in his play The Quare Fellow and he beacame the model and inspiration for The Pogues, The Tossers and Flogging Molly – the image and the attitude

Shane MacGowan – An Irish Airman Forsees His Death – Now and in time to be
Flogging Molly – Speed Of Darkness – Speed Of Darkness
Flogging Molly – Saints & Sinners – Speed Of Darkness
Dropkick Murphys – Memorial Day – Going Out In Style
The Woods Band – The Dublin Jack Of All Trades – Music from the 5 corners of Hell
The Tossers – Chicago – Purgatory
Flogging Molly – Revolution- Speed Of Darkness
Sweeney’s Men – Waxie’s Dargle – single a-side, 1968
Brendan Behan – Who Fears To Speak Of Easter Week

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Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context

Here is something I saw on the Pogues official facebook page – it’s a new bio/study of Shane-o and what makes him tick. The book is only available through 

Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context is a mix of Irish history and culture, biography, and music criticism. It explores Shane MacGowan’s art by juxtaposing details of his life with those elements of Irish culture and history that inform the themes in his work. The book presents MacGowan’s life chronologically, supplementing information on Irish history and culture at those points where it can best illuminate MacGowan’s story.

His career with the Nips, the Pogues, and the Popes is covered extensively. The book includes critical assessments of significant live performances and all studio recordings made with each of these three bands. MacGowan’s life story is told warts and all.

His hedonistic lifestyle and history of substance abuse is reported in a way that neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the facts. The text is enlivened by extensive quotations, primarily from MacGowan himself, which were either taken from conversations with the author or culled from published interviews.

The book explores several themes prominent in MacGowan’s work. Foremost among these are Irish Republicanism, the Irish Republican Army, Irish emigration, and various factors that contribute to Irish emigration. While the discussion of these topics is not exhaustive, it is detailed enough to enhance appreciation of Shane MacGowan’s art. Moreover, Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context is the only book yet written that chronicles MacGowan’s remarkable comeback with the Pogues, the band that fired him nearly two decades ago.

Authored by Robert Mamrak PhD.

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Publication Date: Apr 29 2011
ISBN/EAN13:0615445446 / 9780615445441
Page Count:216
Binding Type:US Trade Paper
Trim Size:6″ x 9″
Color:Black and White
Related Categories:Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians

The Pogues to play Antwerp in July.

The Pogues to play Antwerp July, 11th.

More details…

Other summer dates announced:

July 5 – Freilichtbuhne, Stuttgart, Germany
July 6 – Zenith, Munchen, Germany
July 7 – Museumsplatz, Bonn, Germany
July 9 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 11 – Openluchttheater Riviernhof, Antwerp. Belgium
July 16 – Forestglade festival, Wiesen, Austria (Ottakringer Arena)
July 30 – Greenwich Summer Sessions, London, UK

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2011 London Feis

Fantastic line-up:

London Feis takes place in the capital’s Finsbury Park on Saturday 18th and 19th June 2011. The festival celebrates 21 years of the best Irish and International music in Finsbury Park.

Three priests and one hellraiser!

This is one hell of an odd paring – Shane MacGowan and The Priests (as opposed to The Popes). The Priests are 3 singing Catholic priest from Ireland who have had some serious success with their first two albums of classical/religious music. Shane joins them on their new single “Little Drummer Boy” and actually does his best vocals in years.

The single will is due out:

USA & Canada – 2nd Nov;

Ireland – 10th Dec;

UK – 12th Dec.


Shane MacGowan and friends for Haiti

Shane MacGowan has pulled together a pretty impressive list of friends to record a cover of  Screamin Jay Hawkins’, ‘I Put A Spell On You’ – Including Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) Mick Jones (The Clash) and Johnny Depp. Keith Richards may also be involved. Finally a charity single that won’t suck musically.

The Popes – Outlaw Heaven – PreOrder

The new (mostly Shane-less) Popes have a new CD out in April. It can be pre-ordered from The Popes website ( MacGowan will be singing in at least one of the tracks.

Track Listing

1. Black Is The Colour
2. Angels
3. Raw
4. Back In Your Heart
5. Outlaw Heaven
6. Boys Don’t Cry
7. Let The Bells Ring Out
8. Shine
9. Crucified
10. Bastards
11. Underneath The Blue Sky
12. Slip Away
13. Loneliness Of A Long Distant Drinker