Some people consider much of punk rock just cruder, less-developed heavy metal but to me a lot of the best punk sounds like amped-up, sped-up, riled-up folk music.
The Men They Couldn't Hang were inextricably linked to the Pogues. Not only was their debut single produced by Pouguester Phillip Chevron but their bass player had been in Shane McGowan's old band, The Nips, and borrowed their name from Shane's discard pile. Nonetheless, TMTCH developed their own celtic-folk-punk sound by learning towards the politics of their contemporary, Billy Bragg and the hard-strumming of old Kingston Trio.
While this collection of radio sessions, two from John Peel's show and one from Janice Long's, in not a complete record of their time at the BBC (If anyone can supply extra tracks I will gladly "re-re-release" this) it shows off their early, exuberant side.
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