The Pogues recorded their version of the song in the mid-80s for their album Rum Sodomy & The Lash and featured bassist Cait O’Riordan on vocal duties who notably sang from a masculine perspective. ‘I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday’ is a traditional Irish folk song, which can be traced back all the way to the 1880s but the first official version of the track would be released in 1960 by Jeannie Robertson which spread the word of the song to brand new ears.
Fontaines recorded their version of the track for US radio station SiriusXM and it’s a beautiful reimagining of the traditional folk number. The Irish band also changed ‘I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday‘ to make sure it would fit their mould by adding their delightful harmonies and a touch of piano, making it feel unique to other covers of the track.
Following the release of their near-faultless sophomore album A Hero’s Death earlier this year, Fontaines D.C. have found themselves on cloud nine even despite Taylor Swift stealing top spot in the UK after releasing a surprise album. Their year was topped off recently when the Irishmen found themselves nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ at the Grammys, much to their collective shock.
“I was sitting in my flat with my manager yesterday and he was across from me, just looking at his phone,” frontman Grian Chatten recalled to NME. “He stood up and goes ‘Jesus Christ, what the fuck!” he remembered.
“My heart just dropped and I asked him if something bad was going on. He just turned around and said: ‘You’ve been nominated for a fucking Grammy!,” Chatten added.
Listen to ‘I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday’, below.