I have long loved If I Should Fall From Grace With God and considered it pretty near essential, especially as punk treatments of roots music go. It’s got what is probably their most famous song – “Fairy Tale in New York,” the Pogues song that you probably have heard even if you have never heard of the Pogues – and I had always assumed that was the Pogues album to have. Like with so many other things, I was wrong.
This is a fantastic album that expertly blends Celtic music and punk even more expertly, perhaps, than that 1987 album I adore. This is one of those records which reminds me why I devote way too many hours scouring through bands’ back catalogues. Finding something like this reminds me why I love music as well. It is a note perfect combination of energy and songs. It’s an absolute classic. The originals are strong and the covers are so well curated that it makes me long for an all-covers album.
And, as an aside on those covers: “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” has to be the most devastating song ever written (in English) about war. I will have to try to find other Bogle songs.
Just an absolute classic record. Perhaps the best punk interpretation of roots music ever. (Certainly the best punk interpretation of Celtic music.)