17 Mar 2021

It Wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day Without Some Shane MacGowan

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Sid Vicious plus William Butler Yeats equals Shane MacGowan.

Matthew Hennessey
, meanwhile, in the City Journal notes that you couldn’t kill Shane MacGowan with a stick.

They say God takes care of fools and drunks. If so, he’s been working overtime the last few decades taking care of Shane MacGowan. As the frontman and principal songwriter of the Irish rock band the Pogues, MacGowan is as famous for his lyrics and whiskey-timbered voice as for his unlikely longevity, despite a Homeric appetite for intoxicating substances, especially, but not limited to, alcohol. Though he cuts a shambolic figure, MacGowan is still upright at 63, a feat many view as a minor miracle. His rheumy eyes and distinctive throat-clearing cackle suggest not genius, necessarily, but late-stage dipsomania; there is nary a tooth left in his head. God or something like God must be taking care of MacGowan. He’s not been doing the job himself.

Hat tip to the News Junkie.

4 Feedbacks on "It Wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day Without Some Shane MacGowan"


I will bet good money that everyone who has been married to an alcoholic or parented by an alcoholic would find this video to be emotionally painful.


You’d lose. My mother was a drunk, and her family was stacked to the rafters with drunks.


Kudos to you for being able to deal with it. No offense was meant but I can assure you that many out here have terrible life experiences dealing with alcoholics in the family. Just seeing Shane’s face as he staggered up to sing brought back memories. Yes, even that drunken look at what typically comes with it is scary and brings back memories I would rather forget.


Well, in any event, I gather that Shane has dried out and is now reformed.


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