Fiesta (The Pogues song)

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"Fiesta"
Pogues Fiesta.jpg
Single by The Pogues
from the album If I Should Fall from Grace with God
Released4 July 1988
Genre Celtic punk, folk punk, Latin rock
Length4:12
Songwriter(s) Jem Finer/Shane MacGowan/Edmund Kotscher/Rudi Lindt
The Pogues singles chronology
"If I Should Fall from Grace with God"
(1987)
"Fiesta"
(1988)
"Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah"
(1988)

"Fiesta" is a single by The Pogues, featured on their album of 1988, If I Should Fall from Grace with God .

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It was written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, based on a Spanish fairground melody Finer had picked up (this melody is an appeal or lure from a sausages kiosk named "Hamburguesas Uranga (Uranga Hamburgers)" in the feasts of the city of Almería, Feria de Almería, in southern Spain). The refrain quotes "Liechtensteiner Polka" by Edmund Kotscher and Rudi Lindt.

The lyrics refer to the Spanish city of Almería, as well as former bassist Cait O'Riordan's departure from the group, and subsequent marriage to Elvis Costello. The music video was directed by popular British comedian and actor Adrian Edmondson, and filmed on the roof of Casa Batlló in Barcelona.

"Fiesta" was the last Pogues singles to make the United Kingdom Top 30, while MacGowan was with the band. The song is a live highlight, and has been included in most setlists since its release, often as the closer with whistle player Spider Stacy adding percussion by beating a beer tray against his head.

Covers

The Spanish band Celtas Cortos released a Spanish-language cover of "Fiesta" on their 2016 album In Crescendo .

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