Fiesta" is a single by The Pogues, featured on their 1988 album . If I Should Fall from Grace with God
It was written by
Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, based on a Spanish fairground melody Finer had picked up (this melody is an appeal or lure from a sausages kiosk named "salchichas Uranga (sausages Uranga)" in the feasts of the city of Almería -Feria de Almería-, in southern Spain). The refrain quotes " Liechtensteiner Polka" by Edmund Kotscher and Rudi Lindt.
The lyrics refer to the
Spanish city of Almería, as well as former bassist Cait O'Riordan's departure from the group, and subsequent marriage to Elvis Costello. The music video was directed by popular British comedian and actor Adrian Edmondson, and filmed on the roof of Casa Milà in Barcelona.
"Fiesta" was the last Pogues singles to make the United Kingdom Top 30, while MacGowan was with the band. The song is an
live highlight, and has been included in most setlists since its release, often as the closer with whistle player Spider Stacy adding percussion by beating a beer tray against his head.
In popular culture [ edit ]
"Fiesta" has appeared in many television programmes and movies, including Patrick Sébastien's show
Sébastien c'est fou on the French television channel TF1 in the 90s, and the movie (2012). In 1994, "Fiesta" was used in an advert for the The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Opel/Vauxhall Tigra.