Monday, June 12, 2017

139. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & The Lash

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The album's title is taken from a quotation attributed to Winston Churchill: "Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash."
The title was suggested by drummer Andrew Ranken,  who said "it seemed to sum up life in our band".  The cover artwork is based on  The Raft of the Medusa,
painting by  Théodore Géricault,  with the faces of  the men on the raft  painted by  the artist  replaced by those of the  members of the band  by illustrator
Peter Mennim. wikipedia

On the image above, the original album cover art design is superimposed over the painting The Raft of the Medusa.  The painting can be distinguished from its
different  tone on  the sides; darker at left  and lighter  at right.  One can  tell that the  album  cover  art was  lifted  not from the  centre of  the painting but
somewhat to the right. The combined images was converted to monochrome and the framing was added to make an 18" by 10" poster.

This is the painting The Raft of the Medussa by Théodore Géricault.

This is the original album cover art design.

No. 144, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 440, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

A third of Jeff Roesgen’s book documents the making of the album, with input from all of the Pogues except Shane [McGowan] and Cait [O'Riordan]. The other
two-thirds,  woven through the narrative,  place the band on board  The Medusa  as she makes her  fateful voyage from  France to Senegal.  It’s a  remarkably
effective technique.  I’d always  thought  of this record  as a product  of the post-punk  politics of 1980s  England and Ireland – but by placing  the band in the
early 19th century with a surrounding cast of soldiers, officers, navvies, as well as profoundly incompetent members of the ruling class, Roesgen highlights the
extraordinary achievement of the Pogues on this album. It’s a glorious celebration of the underdog, of the destitute and the downtrodden.

The Raft of the Medusa, painting by Théodore Géricault; replacements by Peter Mennim.
Album produced by Elvis Costello. Stiff (UK & Europe), MCA (US & Canada), 1985.

(A) The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn - The Old Main DragThe Wild Cats of Kilkenny - I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every DayA Pair of Brown EyesSally MacLennane

(B) Dirty Old Town" - Jesse James - NavigatorBilly's Bones - The Gentleman Soldier - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

"Dirty Old Town" live from Moog Bass on YouTube