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One of the most beloved modern Christmas songs of all time is “Fairytale of New York” from the Pogues with a guest appearance from the late Kirsty MacColl–even though it’s really not about Christmas at all.
The song was born sometime in 1985 when Jem Finer, the Pogues’ banjo player, started messing about with an idea. He showed it to singer Shane McGowan who like it but didn’t really know what to do with it.
For the next two years, Jem and Shane struggled with the song. Coming up with the lyrics was especially difficult. The original idea was to tell the story of a sailor heading to distant seas, but that didn’t work. The song was abandoned.Read more
I run into producer Steve Lillywhite at least once a year at various music conferences around the world. He’s aRead more
Steve Lillywhite helped make great records for scores of artists: U2, Simple Minds, the Pogues, Siouxsie and the Banshees, DaveRead more
When it came time to record their third album, U2 knew they had to make a creative leap. Boy, theirRead more
“Red Hill Mining Town” is often cited as a fan favourite from The Joshua Tree. Oddly, though, the band hasRead more
At a music conference in Singapore back in September, I went to a celebrity interview featuring producer Steve Lillywhite, whoRead more
If you’ve every poured over liner notes on albums by U2, Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, 30Read more
Daniel Lanois is one of the big names performing at next week’s Green Belt Harvest Picnic outside of Hamilton nextRead more