Waiting for Herb

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Waiting for Herb
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Studio album by The Pogues
Released October 19, 1993
Genre Folk rock
Length 46:07
Label Chameleon
Producer Michael Brook
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The Best of The Pogues
Waiting for Herb
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Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Waiting for Herb is a 1993 album by The Pogues, their first without former lead singer Shane MacGowan. The album saw the band continue to expand their musical reach past the traditional Irish roots it had been founded on, and was only their second full-length album without a single traditional song. The album featured the track "Tuesday Morning", which was the band's first Top Twenty hit since "Fairytale of New York."

With MacGowan departed, his singing and songwriting duties fell to the other members. While Spider Stacy took the role of lead vocalist, much of the songwriting fell to Jem Finer, who along with Terry Woods had previously been the most prolific songwriter apart from MacGowan. However, the album saw contributions by other members who had not written songs for the band previously, including James Fearnley, Andrew Ranken, and Darryl Hunt. Ranken also sang lead vocals on "My Baby's Gone".

Upon the album's release, there was some speculation that the "Herb" in the title referred to marijuana; however, according to Stacy it was from the name of a German pornographic cartoon character.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tuesday Morning" (Spider Stacy) – 3:30
  2. "Smell of Petroleum" (Jem Finer) – 3:13
  3. "Haunting" (Terry Woods) – 4:04
  4. "Once Upon a Time" (Finer) – 3:55
  5. "Sitting on Top of the World" (Finer, James Fearnley, Woods) – 3:37
  6. "Drunken Boat" (Fearnley) – 6:38
  7. "Big City" (Darryl Hunt) – 2:41
  8. "Girl from the Wadi Hammamat" (Finer, Andrew Ranken) – 4:53
  9. "Modern World" (Hunt) – 3:55
  10. "Pachinko" (Finer) – 3:09
  11. "My Baby's Gone" (Finer, Ranken) – 2:24
  12. "Small Hours" (Finer) – 4:31
  13. "First Day of Forever" – 3:20 (Philip Chevron)
  14. "Train Kept Rolling On" – 3:18 (Ranken)
  15. "Paris St. Germain" – 3:07 (Stacy, Woods)
  • (Tracks 13 to 15 from 2004 reissue)


  • Spider Stacy - vocals
  • Jem Finer - banjo, soprano sax, hurdygurdy, guitar, pachinko, backing vocals
  • James Fearnley - accordion, dulcimer, guitar, piano, harmonica, clarinet, banjo
  • Andrew Ranken - drums
  • Philip Chevron - guitar, backing vocals
  • Terry Woods - vocals, mandolin, concertina, cittern, banjo, bazouki
  • Darryl Hunt - bass, backing vocals
  • David Coulter - percussion, ukulele, foghorn
  • Michael Brook - guitar, keyboards, mixing, engineer, producer
  • Debsey Wykes - vocals
  • James Pinker - percussion
  • Hijaz Mustapha - strings
  • Richard Evans - engineer, mixing
  • Nick Robbins - engineer
  • Russell Kearney - assistant engineer
  • Tony Cousins - mastering


  1. ^ David Jeffries (1993-10-19). "Waiting for Herb - The Pogues | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 

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