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Party Pieces: Andy Burnham's Favourite Albums
Fergal Kinney , March 2nd, 2022 09:21

The Mayor of Greater Manchester takes Fergal Kinney through 13 records that shaped him, via his days as a Hacienda regular and his children introducing him to Big Thief


The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy And The Lash

That album has played a really big part in my life, it’s been pretty much a constant actually. I didn’t know it at the time but my mum always used to say we had some Irish heritage. As I got older, I researched my family tree and found out how much Irish heritage I’ve got. It was Irish dockers coming over in the late 1900s. The Pogues always affected me on quite a deep level, I really responded to them. I remember going to watch them at Liverpool University in 1988, I was 18 and the song ‘Poor Paddy’ - I remember Shane MacGowan being on the stage and deliberately playing up the lyric “In 1844 / I landed on the Liverpool shore” and the whole place went absolutely wild. It stuck with me, that. It was very personal. I’ve always had that connection – and my family do, we put the Pogues on and we all go mad and have a dance. I always say to my son, in my more bleak moments, play ‘The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn’ at my funeral.