The Men They Couldn't Hang
The Men They Couldnt Hang combine folk, punk and roots music to create an essential live act alongside a wealth of recorded talent. The band emerged as the Pogues sparring partners but, despite a blaze of early publicity and praise, they failed to follow them upwards, dogged as they were by numerous label changes. Busking in Shepherds Bush, Welsh singer Stefan Cush met up with bass player Shanne Bradley (who had been in the Nips with the Pogues Shane MacGowan), songwriter and guitarist Paul Simmonds, Scottish guitarist and singer Phil (Swill) Odgers and his brother Jon on drums, in time for a ramshackle folk performance at Londons alternative country music festival in Easter 1984. Labelled as part of some cowpunk scene, the band was quickly signed by Elvis Costello to his Demon Records label, Imp. A cover version of Eric Bogles The Green Fields Of France in October 1984 became a runaway indie...