The Men They Couldn't Hang on Friday 2nd November 2018
Formed in 1984, folk punk trailblazers The Men They Couldn't Hang were a mainstay on the Camden music scene alongside The Pogues and Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. More than 30 years later, they have lost none of their zeal, powered by the twin vocals of founder members Stefan Cush and Philip 'Swill' Odgers.
It may be hard to believe, but The Men They Couldn’t Hang have been tantalising our aural taste buds for more than 30 years. Three decades ago, ‘Green Fields of France’, their epic début single shot to number 1 in the NME Independent Music Chart. At the same time, Maggie Thatcher was crushing the mine-workers, an event recorded in the Men’s poignant elegy, ‘Shirt of Blue’. This is a song the band still play today, its meaning maturing over the years. 2018 will see the release of the band's hugely anticipated new studio album.
Drummers may come and go (as did original bass-player Shanne Bradley), but TMTCH’s line-up has remained steadfast since 1986. Stefan Cush, Phil 'Swill' Odgers, Paul Simmonds and Ricky McGuire remain The Men They Couldn’t Hang. With the addition of long-time associate Tom Spencer on banjo and guitar, and Jon Odgers now on drums.
Music Genres: Folk, Rock
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