If I Should Fall From Grace With The Melody Maker Editor
David Stubbs, mr-agreeable.net, 26 June 2004
I REMEMBER "reviewing" The Pogues album If I Should Fall From Grace With God in 1988. I made no secret of the fact, among those who cared, that I loathed The Pogues as a musical proposition. (NB recent exception among their ranks: Jem Finer, whose recent albums I commend to anyone with an interest in the recent, strange liaison between folk and the avant garde). Loathed 'em, I did. Cod-folk masquerading as rootsy authenticity — where we needed black/white steel in the hour of postmodern chaos, here were this bunch providing wet soil. And, in the lax editorial era of the time, this was all the excuse Melody Maker's mischievous reviews editor of the time needed to commission me to pen 600 or so withering words on their upcoming LP.
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