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YMMV / The Pogues

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  • Covered Up:
    • "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is originally by Eric Bogle, but The Pogues version is much, much better known. The most obvious hint they didn't write it is that it's about the Australian experience during WWI, while the Pogues are mostly interested in the Irish experience anywhere at all.
      • Bogle's version is better known in Australia.
    • "Dirty Old Town" as well.
    Cait O'Riordan: In all the thousand times I’ve heard people play this song since 1986 I’ve never heard anyone not play it in our arrangement.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Possible Tear Jerker, but this verse from Body Of An American.
    "This morning on the harbour, when I said goodbye to you
    I remember how I swore that I'd come back to you one day
    And as the sunset came to meet the evening on the hill
    I told you I'd always love you; I always did and I always will"
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  • Tear Jerker: "Fairytale Of New York", "And The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda", "The Old Main Drag", "Thousands Are Sailing", "A Pair Of Brown Eyes"... take your pick.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • "The Old Main Drag" contains a transphobic slur, which would be unthinkable in The New '10s.
    • "Fairytale Of New York" has attracted a lot of criticism for the use of the word "faggot", to the point where some radio stations now edit that word out. Shane MacGowan defends it on the grounds that the song is sung from the view of a bigoted Lower-Class Lout who is supposed to come across as homophobic.


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