What every neo-celtic punk pop band aspires to be (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers, etc). On vox, Shane Macgowan, a legend in his own right. Contrary to popular belief, only some members of the Pogues are from Ireland. The first three LPs, classic (Red Roses for Me, Rum Sodomy and the Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God). Alcoholism and rumored drug abuse accusations created a rift between Shane and the rest of the band, leading to an eventual breakup. The Pogues released albums without Shane, and Shane formed his own band, The Popes. There are many bands that have been influenced by the Pogues, but the original is still the greatest.