24 December 2016
FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK is without a shadow of a doubt the best Christmas song ever.
It is, isn’t it? THE POGUES‘ banjo player Jem Finer came up with the gorgeous melody and the original concept for the anthem in 1985 – two years before its release – while infamous frontman, full-time drunk and extremely gifted songwriter SHANE MACGOWAN wrote the song’s magical story, containing some of the best (egoistic) love lines ever when the late, wonderful late Kirsty MacColl sings “You took my dreams from me / When I first found you” and Shane answers with “I kept them with me babe / I put them with my own / Can’t make
it all alone / I’ve built my dreams around you…”
MacGowan himself was born on Christmas Day 1957 in Kent, England! Happy 59 to a most colorful, talented & troubled (broke his pelvis last year) musician in history! Let’s toast and listen once again to this timeless, melancholic diamond…