We don’t know exactly what Shane MacGowan’s been doing since the heyday of the Pogues, but we’re sure it hasn’t been all that great. His solo records have seemed like a cry for help that ultimately falls on deaf (or drunk) ears. Now, with the Pogues playing at the Nokia Theatre on — oh my God — St. Patrick’s Day, he’ll be DJing an after-party at Southpaw. Here’s what we think he’ll play, and what we think it’ll all mean.
‘Sadly Beautiful’ by The Replacements
Oh snap. Shane takes a shot at one of our most famous rock ‘n’ roll drunks. It’s as if he’s saying, “I thought you were supposed to be all grizzled and whatnot? This bollocks is just boring.”
‘New Drink for the Old Drunk’ by Crooked Fingers
Everyone thinks, “Hmm. Is he trying to tell us he always wanted to focus on more laidback material, but felt pigeonholed by his rowdy reputation?” Then they realize he’s just placing his order at the bar.
‘Hands Off... My PDA’
Shane produces his very own mash-up of the English Beat’s ‘Hands Off… She’s Mine’, and Interpol’s ‘PDA’, to illustrate the vast decline in quality of what kids these days call “danceable.”
‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’ by The Pogues
It’s safe to assume that by the night’s end, he’ll be sloppy and sad, hunched over the turntables with his eyes barely open and his spirit nearly broken. When Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney said, “To be Irish is to have your heart broken in the end,” he was talking about Shane. Happy St. Paddy’s!