Topic: Shane Macgowan

Just listened to a show Shane Macgowan did for Boogaloo - he sounds in terrible .. his singing days are long behind him   

https://www.mixcloud.com/BoogalooRadio/ … -macgowan/

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I was a big Pogues fan and saw them whenever I could. After that I saw Shane with the Popes a couple of times.

I`d seen them a few times then they brought out the ...."Grace from God" album.

I went to college in Stoke this would have been March `87 and it was a Wednesday afternoon, we did fuck all on Wednesday afternoons (Sports).

So I am hanging around Victoria Hall in the afternoon (I have tickets for that night) and there`s a couple of younger local lads hanging around too. 

The coach pulls in and off pile the Pogues.

I have probably told this story before, but I went up to Fearnley (accordian) and asked if me and these Stoke lads could come in and watch the soundcheck, he said have a word with our manager.

Frank Murray had previously managed Thin Lizzy and I thought he`d fuck us off, so gave him a miss.

I approached Spider Stacey (Flute/whistle) and asked him. Sound bloke and he said "Do me a favour boys stay out of the dressing rooms, the boys don`t like it"

We did, obviously.

However, when I look back on that afternoon and at least four of those that got off the coach are no loner with us over 30 years on.

Big Charlie MacLennan  with the long blonde hair (road crew) has gone
Frank Murray (Manager) went December of 2016
Philip Chevron, who wrote "Thousands are sailing" died in 2013
Kirsty MacColl (2000)

But Shane lives.

Remarkable and great.

I hope you all keep going boys + lets not forget Cait

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Excellent stuff Zico.

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He's written some of the best songs of the last 40 years  except probably nothing in the last 30!

I saw them at International 2 in Manchester in 86 and Fearnley was passing cans down to an inebriated crowd and I was very grateful because my excess weight was rising in a crowd of stream to the roof only to rain back down.

For around 4 years they were as good as anyone live and most importantly they were fun. Rum Sodomy and the Lash is an astonishing piece of work, released at a time when the majority of music was absolutely dismal.

I saw them around 90 and MacGowan could barely lift his head above the microphone. 28 years ago I didn't expect him to last another two. And yet he's still here while as Zico states many are not.

MacGowan was about the only bloke in the history of the world that me and my dad agreed on. And much as he is a bit of hero his book unlike the excellent piece of work by Steve Jones is almost unreadable.

I wonder if he still owns those Union Jack shirts.

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^ That bit about his book being unreadable; I was baffled at how such a genius lyricist could be the subject of such a dull bit of writing. Don't think I've ever seen an interview where he doesn't come over as a bell end either

"I've heard it all now.  WEST HAM ARE UNESCORTED"

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Him and The Pogues have gone completely over my head for decades. Just don't get it. They're like The fucking Levellers for me. Feckin' shoite...

While we're at it, I've never understood the whole Shack thing either.....

She’s the main man in the office in the city and she treats me like I’m just another lackey, but I can put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki...

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Seen him and the popes, mid 90’s . Mean fiddler, Dublin. A top 5 gig I’ve ever been to . He was on pints of martini at the time.
There’s a lot of footage on you tube of his 60th birthday bash. Nick Cave, bono, Johnny depp, amongst others . Shane looks pretty fucked .

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Travis Bickle wrote:

Him and The Pogues have gone completely over my head for decades. Just don't get it. They're like The fucking Levellers for me. Feckin' shoite...

While we're at it, I've never understood the whole Shack thing either.....

Them pogue fellas etc. Shat all over everything around from 87 to 90. McGowan is a genius to me. A big eared fuckin lunatic that didn't give a fuck surrounded by a gang who could play. Lyrically fantastic, musically exquisite.. great great band and the man shane is fuckin ace.. he's a piss head, massive fuckin piss head and I've grown up with them and love em.

Shane McGowan = ace

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scootay wrote:
Travis Bickle wrote:

Him and The Pogues have gone completely over my head for decades. Just don't get it. They're like The fucking Levellers for me. Feckin' shoite...

While we're at it, I've never understood the whole Shack thing either.....

Them pogue fellas etc. Shat all over everything around from 87 to 90. McGowan is a genius to me. A big eared fuckin lunatic that didn't give a fuck surrounded by a gang who could play. Lyrically fantastic, musically exquisite.. great great band and the man shane is fuckin ace.. he's a piss head, massive fuckin piss head and I've grown up with them and love em.

Shane McGowan = ace

87 to 90 he didn't even make it onto my radar.  I think my head was stuck into the resurgence of guitar music, Thee Hypnotics, Spaceman 3 and that sort of stuff.  Also, that was the end of the old free festival scene, right before the posh twats took them over.

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Mega Armageddon Chickens wrote:

For around 4 years they were as good as anyone live and most importantly they were fun. Rum Sodomy and the Lash is an astonishing piece of work, released at a time when the majority of music was absolutely dismal.

If I Should Fall From Grace With God is only marginally less astonishing.

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I like all their albums still think white city is a glorious pop song

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Years ago, in the early nineties I think it was, my old fella was down in London visiting my brother, who lived in Camden at the time. He was having a root about in Camden Market when Shane stumbled up to him and started letting on. No idea why he targeted my Dad, but he was quite insistent, pulling on his jacket sleeve and mumbling and slurring away. It was a pissing freezing cold day and Mr MacGowan was wearing a string vest beneath his suit, sandals and bare feet. Completely pissed out of his head, predictably enough. Me old fella indulged him for a while, but he couldn't make out a single word he was saying. And it was quite obvious me Dad did not have a clue who he was, despite actually being a bit of a fan of The Pogues. After a bit me Dad turned round to him and said "Look, mate, fuck off will yer? I've not got any money for yer, sling yer hook." Our kid was stood ten paces off killing himself laughing. "Do you know who that was, Dad?' "A fucking pest, that's who." "You know that band, The Pogues?" Me old fella was incredulous. Couldn't believe a pop star would be wandering about wrecked out of his head, harassing random pensioners from Hull.

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Ha ha. Rudi, mate of mine, years ago who I never even knew tuned into OMJ, told me how funny that story was about your dad doing jury service was, the lad coming over for a hug.

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Harvest wrote:

Ha ha. Rudi, mate of mine, years ago who I never even knew tuned into OMJ, told me how funny that story was about your dad doing jury service was, the lad coming over for a hug.

GIMME A HUG!

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That's the one. Class.

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zicoslovechild wrote:

Frank Murray had previously managed Thin Lizzy and I thought he`d fuck us off, so gave him a miss.

There is quite a sad story about Frank Murray which I didn`t know until I read Fearnley`s book.
His daughter when she was on holiday aged 14, so just a schoolgirl, dived into the sea and unfortunately the water wasn`t deep and I think there were rocks involved. She ended up paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. The Pogues did a benefit concert for her about 1990; I knew nothing more.

When Frank Murray died early, aged 66, at the end of 2016, I was reading articles and obviously his daughter was mentioned as one of the mourners at the funeral.
What I didn`t know was despite her disability she had become an actress and model and worked as a model for debenhams.
Her dad must have been very proud of her.

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I still chuckle at one of the Clancy brothers being interviewed and saying of the Pogues something like their attitude to piss-artist audiences insensitive to their musical talent was "If it's a bunch of drunken fucking paddies you want, then that's what you'll get".

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