Song of the Day, May 26: The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn by the Pogues

Today’s song is The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn by the Pogues. The opening track to their amazing second album Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, this song captures the band at their raucous finest. Using the mythic tale of the great Irish hero as a framework for (and counterpoint to) the dissipated life of a drunken loser in modern Dublin, the song reels dizzyingly. Shane MacGowan’s famously broken voice is used to its best effect, capturing the spirit of the lyrics tragicomically. Enjoy this humorously ghastly vignette today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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