This Day In Rock. THE POGUES
The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan turns 59 today.
Born on 1957’s Christmas Day in Kent, England and raised in Ireland, Shane MacGowan was drawn to the punk music scene in the late 1970s. He became the lead vocalist with the groundbreaking Celtic-infused punk band, The Pogues, in 1982. The group built a devoted fan base and gained even more fame when they toured with one of the most influential punk bands of the time, The Clash. Though MacGowan and The Pogues earned a reputation for their high-energy live shows and MacGowan’s infamous drunken performances, as a songwriter, he also brought a deeply emotional, Irish folk sensibility to the band with songs like “A Pair of Brown Eyes” and "Fairytale of New York." Drug and alcohol addiction ultimately caused MacGowan to be dismissed from The Pogues in 1991.
Though he and the band would reunite in the early 2000s, their relationship continued to be rocky and touring together became increasingly limited. After the death of guitarist Philip Chevron, The Pogues played their final show together in 2014. MacGowan continues to write and perform solo, along with his new band The Shane Gang.