Shane MacGowan: Too Drunk/Tired to Lip Sync, God Bless Him

10/23/2009 9:57 AM |

We were here pretty late last night, putting the finishing touches on our new issue—the Restaurant Awards, actually, out next Wednesday—and as I sometimes do during the inevitable downtime on these closing nights, I found myself in a particularly tangled YouTube web. First I was looking for Mary Lou Lord’s cover of “Sayonara” by the Pogues, which isn’t quite as great as I remember it being, but still pretty good. Then I decided I needed to see her do “Vincent Black Lightning 1952” by Richard Thompson. Then a version by Thompson himself. Then this awesome Mary Lou Lord interview with Matt Pinfield. Then this one from Fox News (it was sort of a different time, you know.) Then I went back to “If I Should Fall From Grace With God.” by the Pogues, and finally to the video above, of Shance MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl lip syncing to “Fairytale of New York” on the Jack Doherty show in 1997. Or, you know, in Shane’s case, barely lip-syncing. Pay special close attention in the beginning, when you can see his hands lying motionless on the piano. And then, for a much less depressing version from St. Patrick’s day of 1988, go here.