Shane MacGowan: ‘Describe myself in three words? I’m damn awesome’ | The Pogues

Born in Kent, MacGowan, 63, won a scholarship to Westminster School but was later expelled from school. In 1982, he became the frontman of the Pogues; The band’s albums include Rum Sodomy and the Lash and If I Should Fall from Grace with God. MacGowan co-wrote the song Fairytale of New York, which he sang with Kirsty MacColl; Released in 1987, it remains a festive classic. He has launched his own product line on his website. He lives in Dublin with his wife, the writer Victoria Mary Clarke.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Myself – why not?

What is the quality you most regret in yourself?
My arrogance and vanity.

What is one quality you most regret in others?
Their arrogance and vanity.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I agreed with a buddy of mine called Jimmy and his mom, we were walking down this road and I had diarrhea and suddenly shit my pants.

Aside from a home, what’s the most expensive you have? purchased?
I had a crazy manager for a while who gave me an Armani suit and then got the money from me.

What is your most treasured possession?
My life.

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Describe yourself in three words
I’m damn awesome.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Leonardo Dicaprio.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
I’ve never set my sights that high, so I’m not disappointed with anything.

What makes you unhappy?
I get the disease from old people.

What do you like least about your appearance?
I’m starting to get a turkey neck. My face isn’t as pretty as it used to be.

What is your most unattractive habit?
I talk too much.

What are you afraid of when you get older?
Everything.

Who is your ‘Celebrity crush?
Meryl Streep.

What book are you ashamed of not having read?
The Quran.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A musician.

What’s the worst thing anyone has? said to you?
It was a heckle on stage by some git in the audience: “Fuck off, greasy!”

Do you choose fame or anonymity?
Fame.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Have a drink every now and then.

What did you dream about last night?
I don’t dream anymore; if i’m lucky enough to sleep it’s black sleep.

What is the worst job you have? done?
Helping as a child with the slaughter of farm animals; watching my aunts cut them up to get their guts out and watch eggs float in the hens. That’s why I became a vegetarian.

What keeps you up at night?
Bad thoughts.

Would you rather have more sex, money or fame?
More money.

How would you like to be remembered?
I do not give a hoot.

What happens when we die?
I do not know yet.

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