Tuesday, December 13, 2005

the pogues fairytale of new york to be re-released

Fairytale of New York re-released for 2005

The most famous single by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl is to be re-released on December 19, 2005. Originally released in 1987, the song reached number two in the UK Christmas charts.

The re-release date was chosen to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, who duets with Shane MacGowan on the track.

Proceeds from the re-release will be donated to the Justice For Kirsty Campaign, which is petitioning the Mexican government to more thoroughly investigate the circumstances of Kirsty's death, and the homeless charity Crisis At Christmas.

The formats will be as follows:

7" - Fairytale / Battle March Medley
CD - Fairytale / Instrumental Singalong
DVD - Fairytale / Fairytale Video / TOTP performance
There will also be two versions exclusively available only via Internet download. The first, featuring Kate Melua, will be available exclusively from iTunes music store from December 19, 2005. The second, a live performance at Brixton in 2001, will be available from all good online retailers and is available for pre-order from 7Digital.com (non-UK residents can use the Card option to purchase).

read more about it here: the pogues

how did i not know about this? i was looking up my favorite christmas song and found out it's being re-released in just a few days! woo-hoo!! And a new documentary about the Pogues will be airing december 19 on BBC. how to get a copy...how to get a copy...


It was Christmas Eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, won't see another one
And then he sang a song
The Rare Old Mountain Dew
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you

Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I've got a feeling
This year's for me and you
So happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true

They've got cars big as bars
They've got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It's no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me

You were handsome
You were pretty
Queen of New York City
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night

The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last

I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can't make it all alone
I've built my dreams around you

copyright 1988 Shane MacGowan & Jem Finer


Jeff said...

Anne- This is another new one for me. I'll check out the link.
Thanks :)

anne frasier said...

you might try best of the pogues.
it has a lot of good songs on it.
a pair of brown eyes
rainy night in soho
dirty old town
fairytale of new york

Rob Gregory Browne said...

I must admit that I have never in my life heard a pogues song. I'll have to check them out on Rhapsody.

Didn't one of them marry Elvis? Costello, that is.

anne frasier said...

rob, i don't know about that. i got out a CD and see that elvis played guitar on dirty old town, so you could be right. i think the pogues were usually all guys, but they have had women tour with them. could be one was part of the band for awhile.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

I checked and, yes, Costello was married to Caitlin O'Riordan who used to be the bassist for the Pogues.

Costello has a brilliant album called North, in which he chronicles his break up with O'Riordan and subsequent meeting and falling in love with Diana Krall.

It's a slow, sad, smokey album.

anne frasier said...

thanks for solving that mystery! i'll have to look up costello's album. it sounds dark and good.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne,
I've just watched the Pogues with Kate Melua do the song on the Jonathan Ross show, live over here in the UK, and I must say it bought a bit of a lump to my throat!
It was nice to see the Pouges on tv again.

anne frasier said...

zak, reading your post gave me goosebumps! wish i could have seen them. was shane macgowan with them? he must have been. wouldn't be the pogues without him.
thanks so much for the post!

Anonymous said...

He was.
I must try and tape this over the holidays...speak soon, zak.

The Story of Fairytale of New York airs on BBC3 at the following times: Monday night 19-20 December @ 21:00 and 01:55, Thursday night 22-23 December @ 23:30 and 02:25, Saturday night 24-25 December @ 00:40. Also Ne'er Day 1-2 January at 00:45 Duration: 1 hour. Uncovering the stories behind famous songs. For the first time in 18 years, all eight members of the Pogues return to the studio where their biggest hit and the nation's favourite Christmas song was recorded. Producer Steve Lillywhite strips Fairytale down to the basics and video director Peter Dougherty reveals the tricks behind the making of the video - including how a cameo from Hollywood star Matt Dillon stopped the Pogues from almost being arrested. *** Includes footage of Kirstyfest in Soho Square ***