Shane MacGowan ‘felt guilty’ that he never joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
The Pogues frontman grew up in Tipperary after being born in Kent, and moved to England when he was six years old.
In the new documentary Crock Of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan, the 62-year-old admits he got into music as a ‘compromise’ for not joining the IRA.
According to the Irish Sun, MacGowan says: ‘I compromised. I should never have wavered from the path. There has been an Irish revolution in every century.
‘I had participated in the revolution as a musician. It’s a revolution of the mind. I always felt guilty that I didn’t lay down my life for Ireland.
‘I was ashamed I didn’t have the guts to join the IRA — and the Pogues was my way of overcoming that.’
During his time with The Pogues, the band recorded Streams of Whiskey about the writer and IRA member Brendan Behan, and he later recorded Paddy Public Enemy Number One in tribute to the Provisional IRA member and Irish National Liberation Army head Dominic McGlinchey, who was killed in 1994.
The documentary, directed by Julien Temple, sees MacGowan speaking to ex-Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams about his support for Irish republicanism.
Through chats with the singer himself, his father and sister and celebrity pals like Johnny Depp, the film follows MacGowan through his life from his days in Ireland to his time on the 70s punk circuit, all the way up to hitting the big time with The Pogues.
MacGowan tells of playing hundreds of gigs a year with the band but that he and his bandmates despised touring – so much so, that they once considered playing a game of Russian roulette.
In the 80s, the band considered using a loaded revolver to play the fatal game, until bandmate Terry Woods talked them out of it.
The Rainy Night In Soho singer said: ‘Terry showed what a real man he was by talking the rest of us out of playing Russian Roulette.
‘It got to that stage where we didn’t give a f*** anymore. We didn’t know what we were doing or why we were doing it. I didn’t give a f*** if it exploded in my head, you know what I mean.’
Crock of Gold comes out at the same time the annual debate around Fairytale Of New York kicked off, with BBC Radio 1 this year deciding to play the Christmas classic with edited lyrics.
However, the song, which The Pogues recorded with Kirsty MacColl, will be played without edits on Radio 2, and 6 Music DJs can choose which version they want to play.
Crock Of Gold is out now.
Credit: Original article published here.