Tuesday 12 October 2010

Songs About Turkey #3

Turkish Song of the Damned - The Pogues

From one of their greatest albums, this song has almost nothing to do with Turkey. Based heavily on Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Turkish title was something of an accident. Apparently a Pogue heard someone talking about 'Turkish Song' of The Damned (though I've not been able to find any reference to The Damned having made any such track) and the name stuck.

The video here includes the late Joe "should I stay or should I go?" Strummer, the late Kirsty "not looking for a new England" MacColl and, the forever teetering on the edge of alco-meltdown, Shane MacGowan. Enjoy.


Stranger said...

Thanks for reminding me about this song!!

Salty Miss Jill said...

This whole LP is excellent, really.

Billfredo said...

It certainly is. Personal favourites... Medley and, the very sweary, Bottle of Smoke.