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Waiting For Herb

2 Ratings: 3.5
The first Pogues album without Shane MacGowan.

   Waiting for Herb is a 1993 album by The Pogues, their first without former lead singer Shane MacGowan. The album saw the band continue to expand their musical reach past the traditional Irish roots it had been founded on, and was only their … see full wiki

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The Pogues carry on without Shane.

  • Aug 13, 2009
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Waiting for Herb was The Pogues first album without their drunken leader Shane MacGowan. Troubles with his rampant alcohol problem caused a deep rift within the band and it spread through the members like wild fire. Several of them developed problems of their own and quickly moved to oust Shane from the band.  Spider replaced Shane and auxiliary Pogue Joe Strummer on lead vocals. His song Tuesday Morning became a minor hit for the band. Finer and Woods picked up the bulk of the song writing duties. The tracks that appeared on the album are pretty good, but they lack the fire that drove the previous albums. The other tracks are good (Smell of Petroleum, Once Upon a Time, The Haunting, Big City, Modern World). I have no idea why people have slagged this album because it's not bad.  The CD comes with a nice booklet with photos of the band members and a lyrics for the album's tracks.

A new import re-release includes several singles and b-sides and a new booklet filled with information and anecdotes about the album but it's missing the lyrics that were included in this previous release.

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