Lazy Friday Playlist: Irish S%!t

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My grandmother was a Catholic born in Northern Ireland in the 1920s and came to New York City in the early 1930s, when it seemed like the general malaise and misery of the Emerald Isle had suddenly become a generalized condition worldwide. During the Great Depression, it was like everyone (excepting perhaps the Kennedys) was Irish!

I became enchanted with Irish folk music in high school, particularly when I encountered its evil redheaded stepchild, The Pogues. Shane McGowan’s teeth are as legendary as the blarney stone and his howls were earth-shaking, seeming to emanate from hell itself.

This is my personally-curated iTunes playlist that I assembled earlier this year. Some of the tracks are easily recognized and others are deep cuts that were discovered over the years via a multiplicity of venues, including YouTube. While Ireland has seemed like an alcove of the most reactionary aspects of Catholicism for centuries, part of my joy with this list has been selecting tunes by rebellious lefties. Luke Kelly, the major crooner on tracks by The Dubliners, was a card-carrying Communist Party member who saw his craft as a front of the struggle for progressive politics, hence his advocacy of Irish independence and a stirring cover of the labor anthem Joe Hill. Shane McGowan would have been a Fellow Traveler of of the Left if he had been capable of standing up straight to actually travel but despite this, he could be relied to vomit upon any police or military figure representing the British state, something Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno might have called the Dialectic of Crapulence.

Body of an American–1986–The Pogues–Self Aid 1986

The Rising of the Moon (2012 Remastered Version)–1967–The Dubliners–A Drop of the Hard Stuff (2012 – Remaster)

I’m a Rover (2012 Remastered Version)–1967–The Dubliners–A Drop of the Hard Stuff (2012 – Remaster)

The Rocky Road to Dublin–2005–The Dubliners–The Performer

Monto (feat. Luke Kelly) [Live]–2012–The Dubliners–50 Years

The Wild Rover (feat. Luke Kelly) [Live]–2012–The Dubliners–50 Years

Finnegan’s Wake (feat. Ronnie Drew) [Live]–2012–The Dubliners–50 Years

The Auld Triangle–2005–The Dubliners–The Best of Luke Kelly

Seven Drunken Nights (feat. Ronnie Drew)–1999–The Dubliners–50 Years

Joe Hill (feat. Luke Kelly)–1999–The Dubliners–50 Years

Weile Waile (feat. Ronnie Drew)–1979–The Dubliners–50 Years

The Battle March (Medley) (Bonus track)–1988–The Pogues–If I Should Fall From Grace With God (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

Mountain Dew (Traditional) (Bonus track)–1988–The Pogues–If I Should Fall From Grace With God (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

South Australia (Traditional) (Bonus track)–1988–The Pogues–If I Should Fall From Grace With God (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

The Irish Rover (Traditional) (Bonus track)–1988–The Pogues–If I Should Fall From Grace With God (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

Whiskey In The Jar (Traditional) (Bonus track)–1990–The Pogues–Hell’s Ditch (2005 Remastered & Expanded)

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Bonus track)–1989–The Pogues–Peace And Love (2005 Remastered & Expanded)

Honky Tonk Women (The Rolling Stones cover) (Bonus track)–1989–The Pogues–Peace And Love (2005 Remastered & Expanded)

Waxie’s Dargle (Traditional) (The Pogues’ Version)–1984–The Pogues–Red Roses For Me (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

Whiskey You’re The Devil (Traditional) (Bonus track)–1984–The Pogues–Red Roses For Me (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

The Sick Bed Of Cúchulainn–1985–The Pogues–Rum Sodomy & The Lash (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

Sally MacLennane–1985–The Pogues–Rum Sodomy & The Lash (2004 Remastered & Expanded)

Streams Of Whiskey–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

If I Should Fall From Grace With God–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Boys From The County Hell–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

The Broad Majestic Shannon–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Young Ned Of The Hill–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Turkish Song Of The Damned–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Rainy Night In Soho–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Tuesday Morning–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Rain Street–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

A Pair Of Brown Eyes–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Repeal Of The Licensing Laws–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

The Old Main Drag–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Thousands Are Sailing–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Body Of An American–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Sally MacLennane–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Lullaby Of London–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Dirty Old Town–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Bottle Of Smoke–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

The Sickbed Of Cuchulainn–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Fairytale Of New York–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Fiesta–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

The Irish Rover–2005–The Pogues–Live At The Brixton Academy

Oró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile (Live on the Bibi Show)–1990–The Dubliners–50 Years

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