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No fairytale: MacGowan says spirits helped him write hits

Nick Bramhill

Published 28/11/2012 | 05:00

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POGUES frontman Shane MacGowan has revealed he received help from spirits in penning some of his greatest hits.

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MacGowan said some of the band's songs were written under the direction of ghosts.

"I actually see people dictating to me behind me through . . . they call it the third eye, but the Japanese reckon you've got at least eight.

"I've seen ghosts behind me in period costume dictating songs on a couple of occasions."

In an interview with website The Quietus, the singer citied classic 1991 hit 'A Rainy Night In Soho' as an example of a song penned by "automatic writing".

"I had no idea what it was about. I had a vague idea by the time I got to the fourth verse, but until then I hadn't got a clue what was going on."

Meanwhile, The Pogues' frontman, who turns 55 on Christmas Day, could have more reason for festive cheer if 'Fairytale of New York' hits the coveted Christmas number one spot both here and in Britain.

The classic, in which MacGowan duets with late Kirsty MacColl, only reached number two in the UK when it was first released in 1987.

It was surprisingly held off the top spot by Pet Shop Boys' single, 'Always On My Mind'.

But to mark its 25th anniversary it has just been reissued on iTunes in a song, video and instrumental bundle and will be launched as a limited edition 7" vinyl on December 3.

Bookies Paddy Power is less convinced, positioning it fourth at 20/1 in Ireland and Britain.

Irish Independent

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