The Pogues is a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane Macgowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before breaking up in 1996. The band, including MacGowan, reformed in 2001 and has been playing regularly ever since. While the band has not released an album since 1996, they are credited with inventing celtic punk and have had a large influence on the larger celtic fusion scene.