Monday 23 April 2018

The Pogues hoping for another 'Fairytale' Christmas after 25 years

Shane McGowan and the Pogues are back in the charts
Shane McGowan and the Pogues are back in the charts

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

THE former manager of The Pogues believes their Christmas classic 'Fairytale of New York' is more popular now than it ever was 25 years ago.

Frank Murray has backed a campaign to see their Christmas classic 'Fairytale of New York' reach No 1 in the charts on the 25th anniversary of its release.

Mr Murray, from Walkinstown in Dublin, managed the London-Irish outfit for eight years as they clocked up hit after hit, most notably their 1987 Christmas single, whose continued popularity he said was "a testament to its greatness".

"'Fairytale' is more popular now than it was 25years ago when we released it. It's become an iconic tune which is up there with Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas'.

"People in the UK and Ireland know it's Christmas when they hear it on the radio. I hope it goes to No 1 this year," Mr Murray told the Irish Independent.


To celebrate the quarter century since it first hit airwaves, the song has been re-released on vinyl and digital formats, with a new cover featuring MacGowan and MacColl performing in March 1988.

Fans hope it can claim the No 1 spot which it was cruelly denied it in 1987 by The Pet Shop Boys' cover of 'Always On My Mind'.

But whether it makes it to the top spot or not, Shane MacGowan, who co-wrote the track with Pogues banjo-player Jem Finer, describes it as a "great record" and something he was "proud to be involved in".

"What I love most is hearing people singing it in bars and things," he said.

And he did not mind other pop stars singing it either – so long as he got the royalties – even Ronan Keating's take which censored the lyric "faggot" for "haggard".

"I loved it. Why wouldn't I? I got a pile of money from it," he laughed.

The Irish Christmas No 1 will not be known until December 21.

Irish Independent

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