Waiting for Herb

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Waiting for Herb
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Studio album by
Released19 October 1993
GenreFolk rock, Celtic punk
ProducerMichael Brook
The Pogues chronology
Essential Pogues
Waiting for Herb
Pogue Mahone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]

Waiting for Herb is the sixth studio album by The Pogues, released in 1993, and 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".

Album title[edit]

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]

Standard edition[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

Bonus tracks (2004 reissue)[edit]

  1. "First Day of Forever" – 3:20 (Philip Chevron)
  2. "Train Kept Rolling On" – 3:18 (Ranken)
  3. "Paris St. Germain" – 3:07 (Stacy, Woods)


The Pogues


  • 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 (19 October 1993). "Waiting for Herb - The Pogues | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2014.

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