Big Fan: Shane McGowan & the Pogues
Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (born 25 December 1957)
The Pogues probably aren’t too happy that Shane McGowan gets signalled out all the time – but he is the lead singer and the one with all the looks – and I’m sure they’re used to it by now. As you know, Shane formed the Pogues in 1982 w/ Jem Finer and Spider Stacy. The music centered on traditional Irish songs and instruments but with a punk urgency and edge. Shane was instantly the focal point with his shitty teeth, big ears and constant drunkeness. He did manage however to write some of the best songs of the 80’s and early 90’s, including Fairytale of New York (voted the best Christmas Song ever by VH1 UK poll) . Shane was booted from the band in 1991 because of his alcohol and drug abuse (he missed the entire ’88 American tour, opening for Bob Dylan, because he took too much acid and ate a Beach Boys record, breaking out a number of teeth). The Pogues have reformed for a number of reunion tours in 2004 and 2008 and Shane has recorded as Shane McGowan and the Popes and the awfully named The Shane Gang.