239 W 52ND ST
New York City, New York

By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues became one of the most radical bands of the mid-'80s. Led by Shane MacGowan, whose slurred, incomprehensible voice often disguised the sheer poetry of his songs, the Pogues were undeniably political - not only were many of their songs explicitly in favor of working-class liberalism, but the wild, careening sound of their punk-injected folk was implicitly radical.

Added by Upcoming Robot on January 28, 2009