Song of the day: The Pogs – "The Pogs’ Theme"

January 11, 2010

Here’s Australian garage band The Pogs with “The Pogs’ Theme” (1967):


I like a band that has its own theme tune.

By the way, there are two aspects of this song that set it apart from just about anything else released in Australia in the ’60s:

  1. It has a guitar solo in it that I can only describe as demented. (Really, there’s no other word I can think of to use for possibly the weirdest guitar solo I’ve ever heard. It’s demented.)
  2. The end of the song speeds up. It’s not the musicians who go beserk, however – it’s the tape operator in the recording studio who speeds the whole thing up.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find out anything about The Pogs other than that they came from Sydney and one of its members (Rory O’Donoghue) went on to become a performer on the Australian comedy The Aunty Jack Show.

I don’t know if there are any other recordings by The Pogs, but at least we have “The Pogs’ Theme.”