You Still Believe in The House of the Gods

7 03 2011

Some Pogues fans, or at least people that took some issues with my post about the recent Detroit Pogues concert, made reference to me being a Beach Boys fan of sorts.  I’m not sure where that came from since I don’t write about them a whole lot, but I do like the Beach Boys.  In fact, I’d say I’m a huge fan of both the Pogues and the Beach Boys.

What maybe they don’t understand is that the hard-livin’ members of the Pogues, who apparently represent the “working man,” ripped off one of the Beach Boys’ softer, silkier melodies.  “House of the Gods” opening riff was stolen from the Beach Boys’ “You Still Believe in Me.”  This is no accident.  “House of the Gods,” one of my favorite Pogues songs, is about drinking on a (Thai) beach and other adventures in Thailand.

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