Before and After #309: Shane MacGowan

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After

8 comments:

Robert Fiore said...

So. fucking. sad. The Pogues were he last band I had any real emotional investment in.

Spiracle said...

Still with us though...

mister muleboy said...

I'm an alcoholic, so I tend to credit alcohol with a lot of "power" -- perhaps more than it warrants.


But I suspect alcohol had something to do with Shane's life path.

Call me crazy . . . .


[appropriate follow-up comment: ya think?]

swac said...

A friend of mine got backstage after a vintage Pogues show once, and described MacGowan as "the drunkest man I've ever met."

Frank Coleman said...

Booze is good food, and good for you!

swac said...

At work, rest or play, booze helps you through your day.

marietta said...



" Wonderful World",( Cave a,Macgovern)hurts me so unerträglich,that i want crying vever ending.

Fiddlin Bill said...

McGowan's "Xmas Eve in the Drunk Tank" duet with Ms McColl is one of the great pieces of late 20th Century music. Maybe he had to live the way he did to get to that moment? What's sad is that he couldn't get out of the labyrinth. Compare, e.g., Anita O'Day at her moment of sublimity, "Sweet Georgia Brown," 1957, Newport, RI, and her fortitude in finally kicking heroin 15 years later, and then her show at Ronnie Scott's, 1986. Just sayin'.