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song call I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day, a version of which, On Mainly Norfolk you can find Archie Fisher's lyrics (similar to the folk side of things from punk (partially due to the Pogues), I think And to stream on. Oh my name is Jock Stewart, I'm a canny gun man. Songwriters: DP, JAMES FEARNLEY, JEM FINER, SHANE PATRICK LYSAGHT MACGOWAN, CAIT O'RIORDAN, ANDREW DAVID RANKEN, PETER SPIDER STACEY. I'm A Man You Don't Meet Everyday lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management. The Pogues lyrics with translations: Love You Till The End, Fairytale of New York, Summer in Siam, A Pair of I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every DayEnglish.
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat worked there as bartenders while they were forming the Libertines. Gerry has Nick Cave on speed dial, and Shane is one of his best friends, as well as his one-time roommate. I met Gerry in a random twist of fate. She asked him what he was gonna do for his first evening in New York, and he said he was going to a Brit Pop party at Happy Endings on the Lower East Side, which I happened to be hosting.
We met in the bar of the Conrad Hotel. Nick Cave and his assistant were the first ones there. Apparently looking up naked ladies and Debbie Harry at different times, resulted in a mash-up of the two.
Glen Matlock went out for a smoke and my friend Janelle joined him outside the restaurant. Only one guy in his twenties fell out of his chair and onto the floor during dessert. Nick, as the dutiful father at the table, asked if he was okay.
Traditional live music was being played and it was a tight squeeze to get in. A young man came over to say hello to Nick, kissing his ring in a sign of servitude. Bizarre behavior, if you ask me. After one drink, most of us called it an early night to prepare for the big gig the next evening.
- The Pogues
- SHANE MACGOWAN’S 60TH BIRTHDAY – A MAN YOU DON’T MEET EVERYDAY
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He held the massive amount of musicians together in excellent form. I stood up to clap for her gorgeous voice which sounded exactly like the recording. Nineteen eighty-six was the year the Red Sox would capture the American League East, and then, one out away from winning the World Series against the Mets—their only World Series since —witness history vaporize as Bill Buckner flubbed a Mookie Wilson ground ball.
That lay months ahead, but this too was an important game. Roger Clemens was undefeated in his first fourteen outings and going after the American League record for consecutive wins at the start of a season. I wish I could disclose that the Pogues acted scandalously.
But particularly after Clemens gave up the tying run in the eighth inning, and reliever Bob Stanley then yielded two more runs, the Sox fans around us held a monopoly on drunk and vile, slopping beers, roaring curses at the Blue Jays bullpen, and ultimately pissing against the concrete pillars under the stands.
Throughout, the Pogues drank Cokes. What I mostly remember is realizing how difficult baseball is to explain. The Pogues appeared more fascinated by the Wave that periodically surged through Fenway, as from one section to the next in a circle around the park fans stood up, raised their arms, and then sat back down, everyone cheering for themselves once they were done. But in our Elvis iridescent suits, and my geeky glasses, she must have believed we were lunatics.
Except for Elvis I might never have taken in the Pogues.
Our friend positioned himself at the edge of every club stage, even for hardcore shows. He luxuriated in the small defensive actions necessary to sustain his patch of concrete amid the shoving and tumbling fans.
Slam dancing—at least in Boston during the mids—manifested a gymnastic decorum, a tough, improvised tenderness of silent directives and solicitudes. The slamming looked wilder the farther outside of the fracas you stood, and I rarely saw anyone get hurt.
Around us, couples performed frisky jigs and shouted lyrics. But right in front of the Pogues, a mostly male assembly—hundreds of Boston boys, their raised arms rippling to the beat—hurled themselves at the stage again and again until the crush closest to the band toppled over and the rest of the crowd rebounded backward toward the center of the room.
A shorthand account of the Pogues might observe that they played traditional music with punk attitude. The slamming boys managed to refract both strains in the sound at once, the spasm of a body swilling poison and its antidote simultaneously.
Songtext von The Pogues - I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day Lyrics
There was a traditional lilt, a silvery cadence pulsing through the upcast arms and bobbing heads, and something like the snap of a whip. Kevin felt that whip across his cheek when he fell, and the audience ground his face against a band monitor. Our friend lunged back into the mob. Still, my Irish side dominated. Inside our Dorchester flat, Irish tended to mean Catholic my aunt Mary was a nunFriday and Saturday night booze-ups my uncle John and his card-playing croniesand a solemn, sing-along pining after a forsaken auld sod that invariably wound up with someone screaming or crying.
There was a sinister undertow to Irish: For me, Irish-American around Boston radiated a delusive sentimentality always about to tumble into havoc. Those early Pogues albums divided between traditional covers and Shane MacGowan originals. One obviously is punk—before they ever performed traditional Irish music in public, many of the Pogues served time in London and Dublin punk outfits.
Indeed, MacGowan was born in Kent, although reared on a farm in Tipperary until he was six, when his family moved to central London.