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Thursday Thirteen (Sank... er, Cinq): Thirteen Quotes from Shane MacGowan


Those Pearly Blacks...

I am a fan of the musical group The Pogues and despite appearances and the fact I don't drink as a rule, I'm a big fan of the lead singer, Shane MacGowan (pictured above... showing those pearly-blacks!)

Mr. MacGowan's voice is an acquired taste to most (although fans of The Clash will have no issues with his lyrical abilities... which is interesting as the late Joe Strummer had spent some time in The Pogues during MacGowan's absence...) and to say the man has issues is a profound understatement... but seems to be very proud of them unlike most. He's a drunk. A bad one.

This is not to say he should be "idolized" for his behaviour... or even venerated in any way shape or form... but credit where credit's due, you either take Shane MacGowan as he is... or you don't. Period. There is no quarter available from the man for his behaviour and vices.

That said, I'm a fan of his music... and despite most of the tunes being true "drinking songs" and I, an admitted teetotaler, can enjoy them anyway... somewhere between "angry" and a "lot of fun"... it's really quite appealing to me for some reason.

For a sample, click play above...

MOST of you who are not familiar with MacGowan probably do know one of his tunes with The Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl that has become a "Christmas Classic" (legitimately!) called "Fairytale of New York".

Click play above for a brief sample of Fairytale of New York

Anyway, I've collected THIRTEEN BITS OF WISDOM AND FUN FROM SHANE MACGOWAN who will be celebrating his fiftieth birthday in December this year...

I would WARN the gentle readers out there that, indeed, Mr. MacGowan could be classified by some as being from the "punk" movement... and can be a bit salty... but I've done my best to keep things "clean" and in the quotes and words, I'm sure you'll find the occasional gem... I know the #1 quote is something that rang home with me...

#13: "I'm just following the Irish tradition of songwriting, the Irish way of life, the human way of life. Cram as much pleasure into life, and rail against the pain you have to suffer as a result. Or scream and rant with the pain, and wait for it to be taken away with beautiful pleasure."

#12: "It's time we began to laugh and cry about it all again!"

#11: "I play Irish popular music. Calling it folk is like putting it in a box. It's a living tradition."

#10: "I've been a babe magnet for quite a while now." Please note the image at the top of this post and consider this quote...

#9: "Everyone drinks... well, unless they don't."

#8: Shane was with a friend at a bar when a fellow interupted the drinking...

Fellow: Sing a song.

MacGowan: Not now, maybe later.

(This exchange went on for almost an hour with the fellow continously asking Shane to sing and Shane "begging off"... until...)

MacGowan: "What do you do for a living?"

Fellow: "I'm a carpenter."

Shane: "Make me a f*cking table."

(Borrowed with with apologies to the original author at The Pogues official site forum.)

#7: "I've been drinking since 10 O'Clock in the morning and I'm not drunk.....I may be relaxed but I'm not drunk."

#6: "Yes we're touring...let's see Glasgow, Newscastle, Birmingham, Manchester & Brixton...every sh*thole God ever put in England."

#5: "The most important thing to remember about drunks is that drunks are far more intelligent than non-drunks. They spend a lot of time talking in pubs, unlike workaholics who concentrate on their careers and ambitions, who never develop their higher spiritual values, who never explore the insides of their head like a drunk does."

#4: "Irish music is guts, balls and feet music. It's frenetic dance music... or it's impossibly sad like slow music."

#3: "There’s two kinds of creative artists—those who get their highs and lows from life itself and the other kind, like myself, who need drink and drugs to fuel what they do."

#2: "The British press have been giving me six months to live for the past twenty years - they must be getting p*ssed off interviewing me by now."

#1: From an interview outside in a pub's garden...

"If you're listening to a Walkman you can't hear . . . (a bird started singing) . . . that."

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Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
I like that kinda tunage. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/02/07 @ 01:36
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Trish... Thanks to a misspent youth and póg mo thóin, I've ended up an adult that NEEDS to hear either The Pogues, Spirit of the West, and a host of other bands once per week at least! :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/02/07 @ 06:50
Comment from: Candy Minx [Visitor] ·
Loved these quotes what a lot of fun!!!
I am a huge Pogues fan myself. I hope you checked out the Henry Rollins site I linked a few days ago(you can find it in my music blogroll) he performed on Rollins show last week and it was great. there might be an interview there too.

I think he is straight up, he might not be easy to live with, but most of his problems are harmless, more to himself. And I love it...he actually looks like a rock star.

Now so many performers look the same all fake artsy and such. A while ago in SPIN there wasa blurb "which one is the rock star wheich is the bartender" and that's about it...there are hardly any performers who look original. They all have stylists nad shit. Um, Paul Simonon is alos at the Henry Rollins site playing from last weeks show.

Good list.

Hey is your email around here somerwhere? If not can you leave it for me atmy blog or something...? I got an idea!
PermalinkPermalink 08/02/07 @ 15:37
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Candy Minx... Thanks, and I'll check out Rollins' site tonight at home. (I'm shocked I missed it originally! Rollins and MacGowan would be a FUN mix!)

My e-mail addy is on the side bar (it's there with a link... it works provided you have Java enabled...) mut just in case... matthew AT doubledeckerbuses DOT org
PermalinkPermalink 08/02/07 @ 16:43
Comment from: RittyRats [Visitor] Email ·
I have heard of this group, but haven't heard any of their music (I think). Gosh, he sounds like such a positive fellow! Hahahaha! Thanks for sharing!
PermalinkPermalink 08/02/07 @ 22:09
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Hey RittyRats... It's an acquired taste... but it's fun. Did you listen to the samples I provided?
PermalinkPermalink 08/02/07 @ 22:30
Comment from: Susan B. [Visitor] Email ·
A very good idea for a list.
PermalinkPermalink 08/03/07 @ 08:34
Comment from: Linda [Visitor] Email ·
Hi there! You visited my TT and I'm returning the favour :) This is a fun one :)

Good luck with all of this! I think it's a great project. I'm trying to figure out how to help you. I'm sure you'll get there in the end. :)

I have two TTs:
PermalinkPermalink 08/03/07 @ 12:58
Comment from: Nepharia [Visitor] Email ·
I *did* like your tale about the murderer receiving the memories of the victim....if done correctly it could be a very good story.

PermalinkPermalink 08/04/07 @ 10:42
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Susan B.... Thank you!

Hi Linda... Any ideas and help are VERY welcome! I'll check out your second TT later tonight! (Off to a museum today and then more server work ahead...)

Hello Nepharia... I thought so... and leave the meaning of the end ambiguous... so that the audience/reader knows that there's multiple reasons as to the end... but no one thing as a perfect solution... sort-of-like it might be one thing in particular OR it might be a combination of everything... and in "receiving these memories", we can see all the things that have happened.
PermalinkPermalink 08/04/07 @ 10:58

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