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Thread #172910   Message #4192793
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
02-Dec-23 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Pogues member Shane MacGowan (1957-2023)
Subject: RE: Obit: Shane MacGowan (1957-2023) of the Pogues
I do sort of understand what the guy meant who said he thought he was an odd character. They seem to have taken the post down = perhaps it offended too many people - but he was an odd character.

His showbiz image was as carefully costructed as anything put together by David Bowie.   While he was at Wetminster School, none of his contemporaries knew he was Irish - certainly he didn't have an Irish accent. This at a time, we were told the other kids beat him up cos he was Irish.

Way back in the 1960's I can remember Karl Dallas talking about Irish folk artists accepting the cutural stereotypes of hard drinking, recklessness - rather than fighting it.

While I admired Shane's songwriting. I had trouble going along with the Dylan Thomas type confection that Shane came up with. Who could be happy seeing their child grow up to be an alcoholic?

I think 'odd' was drawing it pretty mild.

Nothing was removed. It is still there. Not rude, but there were some reactions under it that treated it that way. ---mudelf