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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Shane MacGowan: Fairytale would have flopped without Kirsty
19 Dec 2013 07:00
Pogues singer pays tribute to tragic star MacColl
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Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan
Shane MacGowan has insisted classic Christmas track Fairytale Of New York would have flopped without Kirsty MacColl.
The Pogues frontman also admitted he used to get depressed when he sang the tune after her tragic death.
But Shane said he sees Fairytale Of New York as a tribute to the 54-year-old English star, who died in a tragic accident in Mexico 13 years ago yesterday.
He added: “I’m very grateful to Christ and his Holy Mother and Joseph and all the saints, including my family who have passed on, for the success of Fairytale.
“And I was very grateful to Kirsty MacColl – I don’t think it would have been such a big hit without her contribution.
“And, of course, I was grateful to the group, it was a very happy time for us when the song came out.
“It’s a good song – it’s a great song – I’d never get tired of it.
“But I can’t really get excited about it any more and for a while it used to depress me to sing it after Kirsty died but now I think of it as a tribute to her.”
But the hellraiser, 55, who will appear on Coronation Street tomorrow, revealed the song was nearly called Christmas Day In The Drunk Tank.
The Irish icon added: “The title came from the JP Donleavy novel A Fairytale Of New York. Elvis Costello liked the lyrics, particularly the bit about Christmas Eve in the drunk tank.
“So he said, ‘Why don’t you call it Christmas Day In The Drunk Tank?’
“I said, ‘What a ridiculous idea’. Everybody just burst out laughing.
“In the song, the couple go to Broadway because Broadway was where you made it in New York if you were a singer.
“But the story could apply to any couple with big dreams who found themselves down on their luck.”
Shane, who will earn more than €500,000 in royalties from the track this year, believes Irish emigrants can still relate to it.
He added: “I think the story is one that has not really changed for the new generation of Irish people emigrating to New York.
“It’s still a nasty place to grow old. It’s a novelty at first but in the end it’s a very tough place.”
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