by Jill Riley
November 30, 2023
The Pogues’ fearless leader Shane MacGowan has died at age 65, according to a family statement. After a lengthy period of ill health, he passed in the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 30.
As the lead singer and songwriter of the Celtic punk band, MacGowan brought new interpretations of the traditional sounds of Irish folk music to new audiences. His voice and words could be witty or heartbreaking — and often both — but it was always clearly him.
Today is all about digging into MacGowan’s singular back catalog. Cheers to a man who will not be soon forgotten.
For today’s 9:30 Coffee Break, which songs by or featuring Shane MacGowan of the Pogues do you want to hear?
Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York feat. Kirsty MacColl
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
The Pogues - Sally MacLennane
Hozier - The Humours of Whiskey
The Pogues - Streams of Whiskey
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
Shane MacGowan and The Popes - Haunted feat. Sinéad O'Connor
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Death Is Not The End
The Pogues - Thousands Are Sailing (bonus)