The debate on Christmas song censorship has focussed on The Pogues' festive hit.
Amid the newly re-triggered controversy over the lyrics of Christmas classic ‘Fairytale of New York’, the song’s writer Shane MacGowan has said that he’d be “absolutely fine” with the word “faggot” being censored on the radio.
From time to time, debates have re-emerged as to the use of the word, sung by Kirsty MacColl in the 1987 Christmas hit for The Pogues and which has since become officially the most-played festive song of all time. The word “faggot” is rightly regarded as a homophobic slur in this day and age, but some have argued that the contemporary context of the song means the word should be interpreted as traditional Irish slang for a ‘lazy person’.
This week, RTE 2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott tweeted to object to the word, which he condemned as a “slur” and “insult”, while his colleague Stephen Byrne revealed how he felt when he heard it played in a club.
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The performance took place during his 60th birthday bash in Dublin.
Shane MacGowan celebrated his 60th birthday in style this week with a concert that featured a number of seminal performers from Bono to Johnny Depp. Perhaps the most stand-out moment of the evening, however, was Shane's heart-warming duet with Bad Seeds singer Nick Cave.
Shane MacGowan on his way to hang out with Bono in Dublin
The Pogues frontman turned 60 on Christmas day, and almost a month later has honoured the milestone with a sell-out show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday (January 15th 2018). He left most of the performing to his guests, but he did appear for a couple of musical numbers.
For the first time in 20 years Shane MacGowan has been able to eat an apple, thanks to a full set of new teeth.
For decades Shane MacGowan has been famous for his less than pearly smile, but now The Pogues’ singer is a new man with a whole new set of teeth. MacGowan treated himself to a new set of gnashers this Christmas and chronicled the whole journey in the Sky Arts documentary, 'Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn'.
Shane MacGowan has got himself a new set of teeth for Christmas.
Over the course of six months MacGowan attended numerous consultations before undergoing six operations to achieve his new smile. The frontman’s dental issues were caused by years of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as constant fighting and he lost his last natural tooth seven years ago.
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The Pogues frontman isn’t exactly know for his dancing skills…
The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan is recovering after breaking his pelvis last Wednesday (August 25th). The 57 year old was reportedly rushed to hospital after a fall, according to The Irish Mirror, with his partner Victoria Mary Clarke confirming the news and adding that Shane had been doing ‘a complicated dance move’ before the accident.
Shane McGowan is recovering after breaking his pelvis.
On twitter Clarke wrote, "Just to say thanks to everyone who sent messages to #shanemacgowan he is grateful! Cranky, but recovering! Fell and broke his pelvis”. Then when another user asked what had happened Clarke replied that Shane had ‘broke his pelvis doing a complicated dance move!’
Shane MacGowan - Photographed wearing a sling after his bicycle accident, U2 front man Bono managed to avoid the annual charity Christmas busking session on Grafton Street, instead hanging out with his celebrity friends at The Cliff Townhouse in Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 24th December 2014
Chevron, who died yesterday, wrote some of the band's most successful songs.
Philip Chevron, guitarist with The Pogues, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The group confirmed the loss with a statement on their website reading "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family."
Talented Musician Philip Chevron Has Passed Away.
Just 56 when he passed away yesterday (8th October), Chevron was first treated for cancer in 2007 and was given the all-clear. However, the tumour returned this year and Chevron was told that it was too risky to operate. Chevron, AKA Philip Ryan, had performed with influential Irish punk band The Pogues since 1984.
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Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke - Amnesty International announces the Ambassador of Conscience Award 2013. Both Malala Yousafzai & Harry Belafonte were jointly announced as the 2013 recipients at The Mansion House - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 17th September 2013
Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke - European Premiere of 'Lincoln' Dublin Ireland Sunday 20th January 2013
The Justice Collective - featuring stars like Robbie Williams, Shane MacGowan and Paul McCartney – are amongst the favourites to get to number one in the UK this Christmas. Over the last few years. the Christmas Number One has been a little unpredictable, what with a recent campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name Of’ to number one thus preventing the usual X Factor winner Number One for the years that had preceded it.
Everyone loves to support a good cause at Christmas and the Justice Collective’s cover of The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ will raise money for to help the families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, with their legal fees. The single was launched at Liverpool’s HMV store, by the former footballer Kenny Dalglish and the comedian John Bishop. According to the Halifax Courier, the Justice Collective currently have best odds of 2/7 to get a Christmas number one, whereas James Arthur – this year’s X Factor winner – has odds of 5/1 in second place. Gareth Malone's Military Wives’ Choir are in third place at 20/1, which would make it their second Christmas number one in a row if they manage to land the top spot.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, there has been a call from the stars of the Justice Collective, as well as Kenny Dalglish, John Bishop and Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram to waive the VAT on the sales of the single. “I wrote to the Chancellor George Osborne before X Factor and we haven't yet had a formal response from him. We tried to get hold of the Treasury yesterday and we are still hopeful that he will waive the VAT on our single. It's the right thing for the Government to do,” said the MP.
Date of birth
25th December, 1957