The tradition of getting wildly drunk and then swaying back and forth to an unholy mixture of traditional Irish music and punk rock at Christmas time is coming to an end. Yes, the Pogues have decided to call time on their touring career, announcing one last batch of dates for the festive season before they ungracefully retire.
We’ve been here before of course—the Pogues initially split with singer Shane MacGowan in 1991, then carried on without him until 1996. That split didn’t last long, with the band reforming in 2001 and subsequently making annual concert outings during the festive season.
At present, the group only has shows lined up in England and Scotland as part of the farewell jaunt, including a show at their regular haunt at the Brixton Academy in London on Dec. 21. Surely the band will have one last Stateside hurrah before the end, although no firm details relating to that have yet been made available. In the meantime, here are five video clips from the band’s whiskey sodden career.