- A WEDNESDAY CLUB AND SPECIAL BREW PRODUCTION -
THE POGUES - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (1985)
When I lived in Jeddah in the eighties, I was a fit guy, I played tennis, squash, ran and twice a week I played football. Monday nights were always the highlight in the football scene because at the finish we all tripped round to the house of a previously appointed player for beers, food, banter and craic. It was always a great evening and would last a couple of hours and sometimes more for the hard core.
My turn finally arrived, I had been busy for weeks trying to build up my stocks of homemade beer to satisfy the thirsty anticipation of my fellow footbal chums.
A 5 gallon gerry can, 5 kilos of sugar, a case of non alcoholic beer topped up with H20 and a pinch of bakers yeast. Then watch these baby bubbles rise, each one a little more alcohol. You little beauties!.
Bottling was always always a great occasion, usually after about 7 days due to the heat. Shellhunter was always there to lend a hand with the syphoning procedure and became quite an accomplished little helper. I am a great believer in training your daughter in the finer things, for later life, and felt this was all part of Shellhunter's 'finishing' school.
I had prepared the 'stovies' a great dish for Scottish or any other 'piss artists'. It always goes down well after a skin full. I had carefully prepared the background tape and had several tracks from the then Pogues new album 'Rum, Sodomy and the Lash' (1985) . I had just managed to get it from the U.K. I knew there were lots of Irish guys and this was sure to impress.
Can you imagine my horror when there was a collective shout by my 'Fenian' friends to get that rubbish off. Have you not got the Dubliners or Paddy Mcgintys Goat, They said!. This is not 'proper' Irish music. They are a fad and will never last. God!. I thought for a horrible moment they were going to ask for the Nolans'.
How do you feel now guys as you join in singing your favourite Irish Christmas Song?.
WEDNESDAY CLUB - The Pogues - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
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