Friday Factory Tune: The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

The last U.S. veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles, died in February at the age of 110.

The great Irish folk-punk band, The Pogues, played two sold out shows at the 9:30 Club in Washington this week in what is probably their last U.S. tour.

Next Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day.

And there’s a new, much-praised book out by Peter Hart, the military historian, “Gallipoli,” on the 1915 battle by the Allied forces against the Turks.

So this week we bring The Pogues singing, “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” the mournful song about a wounded Australian veteran of Gallipoli.

This is a performance from the Pogues in the 1980s before lead singer Shane McGowan destroyed himself with booze. He still manages to croak out the songs these days with prompting by his band mates, but it’s not all that interesting and certainly not romantic. The Baltimore Sun’s insightful review applies equally to the shows at the 9:30 Club. Here’s a clip from Tuesday, “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.”

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