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Fuji Rock 2005 was a very memorable weekend for Celtic-punk-inspired act The Cherry Coke$. The Tokyo septet were invited to the popular summer outing to showcase cuts from their 2004 “Beer My Friends” debut on the festival’s Rookie A Go-Go stage. While there, they also had the opportunity to watch and meet The Pogues.

Godfathers of the Celtic punk and rock style, The Pogues have had a huge influence on The Cherry Coke$ (and every other practitioner of the subgenre’s sound). Wanting to take full advantage of their new friendship, The Cherry Coke$ reached out to the famed rockers for a quote to include on their sophomore effort, that autumn’s “Rouse Up.” The Pogues’ tin whistle player and covocalist, Spider Stacy, was all too happy to oblige, penning a glowing recommendation that championed the group as: “Unbeatable and unmissable, nobody has any right to be this good.”

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