Intermission

This has absolutely nothing to do with Zappadan, but it’s nonetheless timely, and I like it, so there you have it.

A colleague forwarded this Guardian piece that tells the tale behind the making of one of my favorite Christmas songs, “Fairytale of New York,” by The Pogues, with the late, great Kirsty MacColl on vocals. Herself and I dance to it every Christmas Eve.

Seems “Fairytale” has been reissued on its 25th anniversary, and The Pogues — complete with Shane MacGowan and his “bombsite of a mouth” — will perform at the O2 in London on Dec. 20 to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

And on Dec. 24, Herself and I will dance.

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9 Responses to “Intermission”

  1. Flahute Says:

    Shane got his teeth fixed a few years ago … it’s not the same.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1183171/Oh-bye-gum-Shane-MacGowan-FINALLY-gets-set-new-teeth.html

    I’m with ya on the song though … one of the best Christmas songs ever made.

  2. High Plains Drifters Says:

    FoNY always reminds me of this clip:

    “It’s an old legend, that on Christmas Eve at midnight, all the animals fall on their knees and speak — praising the new born Jesus.

    (pausing to reflect)

    Back in the winter of ’68, my Dad was doing a short term for D and D. Mom was — I’m not sure where Mom was. Anyway, I was home alone on Christmas Eve and I stayed up late to see if my dog, Buddy, would talk. He did — at least I think he did. I don’t remember Buddy’s exact words, but that’s not important. What matters is that a seven-year-old boy experienced his own personal epiphany.

    My point? It’s that Christmas reveals itself to each of us in a personal way — be it secular or sacred. Whatever Christmas is — and it’s many things to many people — we all own a piece of it. Kinda like Santa’s bag, inside there’s gift for everyone.

    My Christmas wish for you tonight — may your dog talk.”

    I think it’s the D&D / drunk tank theme.

    Bon Hiver!

  3. High Plains Drifters Says:

    I could have been someone …

    Well, so could anyone …

    Brilliant stuff.

  4. md anderson Says:

    “A stable perception was never reachable as to whether Shane was a genius or a fucking idiot.”

    No reason a person can’t be both.

    Good story. I’ve heard the song but for some reason it never really seeped into my conscious like some people’s. Must be ’cause I don’t have a lick of Irish in me. Just a bunch of dour Scandinavians.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ricard Pryor was both, I think. Also Hunter S. Thompson — early on, anyway, before he turned into a caricature of himself. Myself, I’ve only managed the latter, and sometimes I fail to achieve even on that playing field.

  5. swell Says:

    I be buyin’ that one.

  6. Pat and Sandy O'Brien Says:

    An old guy who is fat and on your racing team thinks you are doing just fine. The fact we read this shit, sometimes daily, confirms your enviable talent. No one rants like the Mad Dog!!!! Especially the old columns on Velonews. We waited for them each week, and none of them disappointed. There Patrick, the old lady sang just for you! But, it aint over yet buddy. Lots of miles in those legs!

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