I never quite understood why The Pogues didn't have the commercial success in the US that they achieved overseas, but then I guess Americans weren't ready for Irish folk-punk.
With some of the most beautiful, poetic, and occasionally tongue-in-cheek lyrics that I've ever heard in my life The Pogues can stand their own against any of the highly successful rock bands of our time.
They're brilliant. No other word could possibly ever discribe them any better. So, if you haven't checked out their music yet, give it a go! If you enjoy Irish music, punk, or rock in general then you'll probably become as addicted to them as I am.