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Shane MacGowan And The Popes

A transcendent singer/songwriter and two-fisted gutter poet whose notorious drunken behavior, rotten teeth, and drug-fueled excesses often threatened to eclipse his reputation as a performer, Shane MacGowan was born on Christmas Day, 1957, in Kent, England. Within months, his family returned to their native Ireland, where he spent the first several years of his life immersed in the traditional music of the Irish culture. When MacGowan was six, the family moved to London; there his talents as a writer gradually blossomed, and he won a number of poetry contests prior to his expulsion from school at the age of 14 for possession of drugs. In 1976, he attended his first Sex Pistols concert, and quickly became a regular at local punk shows; he soon formed his own band, the Nipple Erectors (renamed the Nips after releasing their 1978 debut single, "King of the Bop"). Despite finding a mentor in the Jam's Paul Weller, the Nips were largely unsuccessful, and disbanded in late 1980; MacGowan then took a job in a record store, occasionally filling in with his friend Spider Stacy's band the Millwall Chainsaws.

When the Chainsaws soon split as well, MacGowan and Stacy formed the Pogues -- originally dubbed Pogue Mahone, Gaelic for "kiss my a**" -- along with accordionist James Fearnley, bassist Cait O'Riordan, guitarist Jem Finer, and drummer Andrew Rankin. Hot-wiring traditional Irish music with the energy and passion of punk, the Pogues quickly developed into one of the most respected and colorful bands of their era, scoring a number of U.K. hits including "A Pair of Brown Eyes" and "Fairytale of New York" and recording such superb LPs as 1985's Elvis Costello-produced Rum Sodomy & the Lash and 1988's If I Should Fall from Grace with God. However, as stories of MacGowan's voracious appetite for alcohol and drugs swelled to mythic proportions, he grew increasingly unreliable, often missing live performances (including a series of 1988 dates opening for Bob Dylan). By the fall of 1991, the other Pogues had finally had enough, and he was dismissed from the band. As MacGowan's drinking problem worsened, many feared for his life; apart from a 1992 duet with Nick Cave on "What a Wonderful World," he was largely silent for several years, making only the occasional drunken concert or television appearance.

In 1994, however, he silenced critics by pulling himself together to form a new band, the Popes; after making a fitting St. Patrick's Day debut performance at a London pub, the group -- which also included guitarist Paul McGuinness, bassist Bernie France, drummer Danny Pope, tenor banjoist Tom McAnimal, guitarist Kieran "Mo" O'Hagan, and whistle player Colm O'Maonlai -- entered the studio to begin recording its first LP, dubbed The Snake. "Haunted," a gorgeous duet with Sinéad O'Connor, later became a minor hit; MacGowan's follow-up, The Crock of Gold, appeared in 1997. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Shane has such a brilliant way with words,,,,,hi s opening lines are awesome,,,,b u t then again what do you expect he's Irish,,,,yea h me can tell he was a poet pure at heart
There will be a movie about this guy one day.
Shane is a mad genius!
Well fuckinhell why no comments? Macgowan in the great tradition of drunken Gaelic poets.. Not many bands I can listen to over and over, The Pogues are the very greatest of Irish bands and the Popes will do but the Pogues with Macgowan keep resurfacing. I must have thirty f**king Pogues albums. I will never see them live I fear. I hope Shane has cut back a bit and lives many years and I get my a** to Ireland and hear the band. By grace of god.
I think Shane & Mike Ness MUST be related...
Not sure how Shane MacGowan sounds like anyone else. He's clearly the least understandab l e , most distinctive, wasted b**tard ever to step up to a mic. I mean that in a complementar y way. Truly unique.
nunnayobiz42 0
:)
Dave King.....is the 'Flogging Molly Guy'
Kimberly, the Flogging Molly guy actually sounds like Shane, not the other way around...
Hi Shane,
Uncle Roy here, still making pictures and chatting with Danny. Never will I forget the Mean Fiddler nights in Dublin. Great music in an unbeatable atmosphere, whenever it crosses my mind I smile from deep in the brain. The most wonderful songwriter/p e r f o r m e r with a great band going for it in the big way. Thanks a million for a memorable moment in this life.
flscrub
lol @kimberly ann...its the flogging molly guy who sounds like shane!
ok, every time i hear Shane from the Pogues sing he sounds like the Flogging Molly guy - so now I'm in love with The Pogues - GO IRISH !
bohocowgirl
A true love song- Victoriaaaa. . . . .
hmossback
Hmm Nobama 2012 sounds like he knows a bit too much about eating knob!
nicest teeth i've ever seen - also some of the coolest music out there- not sure how this guy is still alive, he and Keith Richards must be related, that or he is undead
konradvz
Probably my favourite part of this guy is the way he sounds drunk all the time. A TRUE IRISHMAN!
ula_64
DON'T be dissin' Shane MacGowan!
james159
This butt plugger eats the fattest of the c0cks.
When he played here, his band started the first 3 songs, he started singing on the 4th, made it half way through the 5th. Never saw him the rest of the night. I thought there was going to be a riot. Disappointin g . . . b u t true to character.
I saw the Pogues in May, he disappeared off the stage between songs at least 4 times.
So he's still alive?
Great f**kin' man. Still puts on a hell of a show.
Effin' amazin!
An influential song writer. I feel I know him though we have never met.
Anutherrr rrrround pleeeeeeezzz z z z z . Make mine a triple, single malt. Ah nuthin like tha waterrr o' life!!!!!
Who f*rted?
He kicks a**
One day people will look back on him and speak his name in the same breath as Dylan.
I like Shane because he's f**kin' fuct. F**kin' right!

Better 'im than me' eh!
vr41997
king among men shane is

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