NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Singer Shane Macgowan of The Pogues performs at Roseland Ballroom on March 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Music fans are mourning the death of Shane MacGowan today as the Pogues’ frontman has died at the age of 65.  A brilliant songwriter…MacGowan and the Pogues were arguably the founders of Celtic-punk…a mash-up of traditional Irish & English music with a punk rock attitude.

The Pogues In Concert

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 15: The Pogues perform at Terminal 5 on March 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

 

And while their style was basic at first with songs like “Steams Of Whiskey”…the Pogues continued to push the boundaries of what they were musically capable of.  Songs like “Fiesta,” “A Rainy Night In Soho,” “If I Should Fall From Grace With God,” and the UK-banned Christmas classic “Fairytale Of New York” showed that MacGowan and the Pogues had great range.

The Pogues In Concert

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 15: Shane MacGowan of The Pogues performs at Terminal 5 on March 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

 

 

MacGowan has also partnered up with bands like the Dropkick Murphys…who cite him as a major influence and inspiration for their music.  He will be missed.  Scroll down for some excellent Pogues videos.  And rest in peace, Shane.

Shane MacGowan

19-year-old Shane MacGowan, editor of punk rock magazine ‘Bondage’ in his office at St Andrews Chambers, Wells Street, London. He went on to front The Pogues. Original Publication: People Disc – HJ0379 (Photo by Sydney O’Meara/Getty Images)

 

  • If I Should Fall From Grace With God

  • The Body of an American

  • A Rainy Night In Soho

  • Streams of Whiskey

  • Fiesta

  • Summer In Siam

  • Waxies Dargle

  • A Pair of Brown Eyes

  • The Irish Rover (with The Dubliners)

  • Fairytale Of New York

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