Thursday, November 30, 2023

RIP Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan, lead singer of the British band the Pogues died after years of health problems on November 30th in Dublin, Ireland. He was one month shy of his 66th birthday. Born Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan in Penbury, Kent, England on December 25, 1957, MacGowan was best known for his tongue-in-cheek, cranky delivery as the frontman of the Pogues, chronicling the misadventures of Ireland’s residents and diaspora in raspy, whiskey-ravaged tones. Coming up in the early 1980s, he and the Pogues welded Irish pride with the volatile, rebellious energy of punk, often incorporating the nation’s classics and pop tunes into their repertoire. Their legendary Bacchanalian antics, on and off stage, were as much a part of the band’s philosophy as the music. MacGowan appeared as Bruno McMahon along with the Pogues and they composed the soundtrack for Alex Cox’s 1987’s “Straight to Hell”.

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