The lead singer of British Celtic punk band The Pogues, Shane MacGowan, best known for the bawdy Christmas song “Fairytale of New York,” has been hospitalized, his wife said on Twitter.
He is “in hospital again and really hopes to be out asap,” his wife Victoria Clarke tweeted on Monday, posting a photo of the 64-year-old singer in a wheelchair.
Shane MacGowan, born in England in 1957 to Irish parents, founded the group The Pogues in 1982. He would then play Irish ballads in pubs, played at a hundred miles an hour by musicians merrily blending Irish rhythms and punk energy.
Combining boozy and Celtic legends, The Pogues became the political voice of young Irish immigrants in London in the 1980s, anti-Thatcher and anti-censorship.
Shane MacGowan had already been hospitalized in 2016 after breaking his pelvis. His wife then revealed that the iconic toothless singer was finally sober, his career marked by alcoholism.
On social media, fans wished him a speedy recovery on Tuesday, at times associating Shane MacGowan with the “Christmas sound”.
The Pogues’ biggest commercial success is, in fact, “Fairytale of New York,” a 1987 duet between Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl that has become a classic that sells like hot cakes at Christmas in Ireland and the UK. .
The BBC had tried to redact the insulting exchanges between two old lovers in the song “You’re scum, you’re a maggot, you’re a cheap filthy faggot” You’re an old slut on the scrap (“And you a cameo from an old slut” ), but had to resign before the general clamor.
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