Peace and Love (The Pogues album)

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Peace and Love
Peace Love.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1989
StudioRAK Studios, St. John's Wood, London
GenreCeltic rock
ProducerSteve Lillywhite
The Pogues chronology
If I Should Fall from Grace with God
Peace and Love
Hell's Ditch

Peace and Love is the fourth studio album by The Pogues, released in July 1989.[1]


Peace and Love continued the band's gradual departure from traditional Irish music. It noticeably opens with a heavily jazz-influenced track. Also, several of the songs are inspired by the city in which the Pogues were founded, London ("White City", "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge", "London You're a Lady"), as opposed to Ireland, from which they had usually drawn inspiration. Nevertheless, several notable Irish personages are mentioned, including Ned of the Hill, Christy Brown, whose book Down All The Days appears as a song title, and Napper Tandy, mentioned in the first line of "Boat Train", which was adapted from a line in the Irish rebel song "The Wearing of the Green". Likewise the MacGowan song "Cotton Fields" draws on the Lead Belly song of the same name.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Mark Deming of Allmusic said that Peace and Love "isn't as good as the two Pogues albums that preceded it", but felt that "it does make clear that MacGowan was hardly the only talented songwriter in the band".[1] Robert Christgau, on the other hand, believed that "Shane MacGowan will remain the only Pogue in the down-and-out hall of fame".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "Gridlock" (Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken) – 3:33
  2. "White City" (Shane MacGowan) – 2:31
  3. "Young Ned of the Hill" (Terry Woods, Ron Kavana) – 2:45
  4. "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" (Finer) – 3:01
  5. "Cotton Fields" (MacGowan) – 2:51
  6. "Blue Heaven" (Phil Chevron, Darryl Hunt) – 3:36
  7. "Down All the Days" (MacGowan) – 3:45
  8. "USA" (MacGowan) – 4:52
  9. "Lorelei" (Chevron) – 3:33
  10. "Gartloney Rats" (Woods) – 2:32
  11. "Boat Train" (MacGowan) – 2:40
  12. "Tombstone" (Finer) – 2:57
  13. "Night Train to Lorca" (Finer) – 3:29
  14. "London You're a Lady" (MacGowan) – 2:56[1]

Bonus tracks (2005 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Star of the County Down" (Traditional) – 2:33
  2. "The Limerick Rake" (Traditional) – 3:12
  3. "Train of Love" (Finer) – 3:08
  4. "Everyman Is a King" (Woods, Kavana) – 3:54
  5. "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" (MacGowan) – 3:19
  6. "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 2:55


The Pogues[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Strings on "London You're a Lady" arranged by Peadar O'Riada
  • Strings and brass on "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" arranged by Fiachra Trench
  • Brass on "Blue Heaven" and "Night Train to Lorca" arranged by Paul Taylor
  • Brian Clarke - alto saxophone
  • Joey Cashman - tenor saxophone
  • Eli Thompson - trumpet
  • Paul Taylor - trombone
  • Rick Trevan - tenor saxophone on "Gridlock"
  • Gasper Lawal - percussion on "Blue Heaven" and "Tombstone"
  • Kirsty McColl - sings with Phil on "Lorelei"

Additional information[edit]

  • The album carried a dedication to "the memory of the 95 people who died at Hillsborough Football Ground". The reason for this apparent anomaly is that at the time of the album's release the disaster's eventual 96th victim Tony Bland was still being kept alive on life support at Airedale General Hospital in Keighley, West Yorkshire where he would eventually die on 3 March 1993.[3]
  • The boxer on the cover has six fingers on his right hand. The boxer was Scottish Empire Games, later changed to the Commonwealth Games, bronze winner, Hugh Cameron. The fifth finger was added by sleeve designer, Simon Ryan, to accommodate the word "PEACE".
  • The song "Down All The Days" was later covered by noise rock band Steel Pole Bath Tub on their album The Miracle of Sound in Motion.
  • The song "Gridlock" is used as the introduction music on The Davey Mac Sports Program.


  1. ^ a b c d Mark Deming. "Peace and Love - The Pogues | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "CG: the pogues". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  3. ^ Andrew Gliniecki (4 March 1993). "Hillsborough disaster victim dies - UK - News". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2014.