Song of the Day, March 18: Wild Cats of Kilkenny by the Pogues

PoguesRSLCatsToday’s song is Wild Cats of Kilkenny by the Pogues. It appears on their stunning second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. The band’s debut album was interesting but failed to capture the unique spirit of their sound. Bringing in Elvis Costello to produce their sophomore effort proved inspired. His understanding of their punk instincts and appreciation of their traditional Celtic influences allowed the band to flourish. The result is a stunning collection of emotion-packed songs presented with fresh energy and a distinct blend of the musical old and new. This track is basically an instrumental, a fun jig-inspired romp that shows of the solid musicianship of the band members. Woven through that fabric is a series of animal yelps and wails from singer Shane MacGowan. They convey a very punk attitude but somehow fit the traditional fabric of the music as well. In under three minutes, the Pogues makes something of a mission statement. It’s a fun listen, too. Enjoy it today.

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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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