Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The Pogue who waved his junk at trains

Shane MacGowan, the once dentally-challenged heavy-drinking frontman of The Pogues has been mates with Bono for years. He tells a story of a visit he made to Bono’s guest house on the south coast of Dublin.

Bono wanted to take advantage of the view so he installed a glass roof and wall. Shane says that he’d stand in front of the window, haul out his junk and wave it whenever a train went by. He hoped that the people on the train might have thought it was actually Bono. Fun guest.

To make matters worse, Shane kept setting off the burglar alarm so the police kept coming by.

Bono eventually got fed up with all this and politely asked Shane to move out. Wouldn’t you?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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