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The Pogues, From Behind The Squeezebox; Arturo O’Farrill And The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Plays Live

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro Latin Orchestra's new album, The Offense of the Drum, comes out May 6. Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro Latin Orchestra's new album, The Offense of the Drum, comes out May 6. (Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: James Fearnley was (and is) the accordionist for the rollicking London Irish pub-punk band The Pogues. His new memoir shines offers new insight into the band's brotherly affinities and lead singer Shane MacGowan's wild genius.

Then: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Apollo Theater, the 65th anniversary of his dad, Chico O'Farrill's historic Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite, and the release of their new album. That's a lot of celebrating. Hear the sprawling ensemble perform live in the Soundcheck studio..

And: NPR Music contributor Chris Molanphy turns our "That Was A Hit?!?" series on its head, with "That WASN'T A Hit?!?" In this segment, he discusses "Tempted," the ubiquitous, blue-eyed soul tune by British rockers Squeeze. The song broke the Hot 100 but failed to crack the Top 40 in both the US and UK.

Guests:

James Fearnley and Arturo O’Farrill

Contributors:

Chris Molanphy

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The Pogues streaked to stardom in the mid-1980's with an infectious blend of punk aggression and Celtic melody. The band's accordion player, James Fearnley, has just released his memoir in the U.S. and reflects on a dozen years with the notoriously pugnacious and booze-fueled band. 

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