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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, September 26, 1989

Page 7

Witness

Poguetry

in

motion

BY NABEEL ZUBERI
THE Pogues ride into town tonight
on the Michigan leg of their Peace
And Love tour. Nothing wraps them
up as neatly as the cowboy image -
eight endearing rogues who tell tales
of the demon brew, lost sweethearts,
and the places they've been, as they
sit around the campfire. In fact, the
Pogues played a band of outlaws in
Alex Cox's western Straight To
hell. A gang in which every mem-
ber is an integral part, the Pogues
now more than ever make it plain
that they are a band and not just

Shane MacGowan backed up by a
few hifty musicians; their latest al-
bum Peace And Love (Island) is
their most democratic yet, with
Phil Chevron, Darryl Hunt and
TerryWoods sharing vocals with
Shane. In addition, many of the
songs were written by Jem Finer,
Andrew Ranken, Chevron and
Woods. The record is definitely not
just Shane's baby.
Peace And Love is the Pogues'
saddest record, which isn't to say it's
depressing; but it has a feeling of
loss that drifts over the listener
that's not to be found on any of their
three previous albums. "It's just re-
ality," MacGowan says. "There's bad

and there's good, and quite often
there's both at the same time.
There's love andtthere's death; there
always has been and there always
will be. But just because the songs
are about reality, that's no reason to
make the music boring and depress-
ing. Music is about uplifting people,
y'know?"
Even the uptempo tracks on the
album are like laughing to keep
from crying. The Pogues may very
well have come to an important
juncture in their life as a group.
Peace And Love sounds like the end
of something. It's this sense of tran-
sition which makes the record so ar-

resting and engaging, much more so
than If I Should Fall From The
Grace Of God.
As with all the Pogues' best
work, there's a profound geographi-
cal and spiritual rootedness - not
just in Ireland, but the British Isles
as a whole. London is the real home
of the group. Again, there's a feeling
of lost times and shattered hopes.
"White City" is about the greyhound
racing stadium which has been de-
molished recently to make way for
developers. MacGowan gives us a
snapshot of old fellows mingling,
sharing jokes and dreaming dreams
as they bet on the dogs. A commu-
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mands of those for whom social
connectedness is secondary to profit.
"Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" is a
woozy, romantic ballad in the classic
Pogues vein. It's with their ballads
that the Pogues are at their most af-
fecting and invigorating, not with
those 'drinking songs' that have ine-
briated fans slam dancing at live
shows.
"Boat Train" is another
MacGowan photograph, this time
detailing life on the Dublin-to-
Holyhead ferry. The best song on
the record is a love paean to the
greatest city in the world; "London,
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modern folk song with a heartbreak-
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