Best Cleveland Band to Get Drunk To

The Boys From the County Hell

The Pogues' radical, 100-proof Irish folk punk was as much of an incentive to get shitfaced as women and crappy day jobs. But by the end of the band's run with frontman Shane MacGowan in the early '90s, the singer would take the stage so drunk that he'd often forget which song he was performing. Thanks to the local Boys From the County Hell, though, you can still revel in the Pogues' glory days -- and without all the drunken miscues. Culled from members of local favorites Rosavelt and Motel Blonde, the band relives the Pogues' poetic, romantic rock and roll with revved-up mandolin, fiddle, and accordion, resulting in a sound almost as big as MacGowan's whiskey-swollen nose.