The Pogues is an Irish rock band. The band was formed in King's Cross (a district of North London) in 1982 by Shane MacGowan as Pogue Mahone (being the Anglicisation of the Irish póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse"). The band got famous internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1991, MacGowan left the band due to drinking problems but the goup continue with Joe Strummer and with Spider Stacy on vocals before their temporary break up in 1996. The Pogues reunited in 2001 and been performing regularly since then. Mostly on the US East Coast around St Patrick's Day and the UK and Ireland during December. The band have to record any new music and according to Spider Stacy on "Pogues.com" has no tendency to do it.
The band catch more attention when the UK Channel 4's prominent music show "The Tube" made a video of their version of "Waxie's Dargle" for the show. The acts which featured Spider Stacy much smashing himself over the head with a beer tray and became the favourite with the viewers although Stiff decline to release it as a single, feeling it was too late for it to help "Red Roses for Me" (during this time Stiff was in deep financial trouble). However, it is still a favourite request for the show for many years.