Shane McGowan

Shane McGowan Gets A Top Set Of Gnashers

Pogues front-man Shane McGowan is almost as famous for the hideous state of his mouth as he is for his music.

McGowan’s propensity for excess, his heroin use, binge drinking and total failure to look after himself wrecked McGowan’s health and at one point even led to Sinead O’Conner reporting him to the Police in an attempt to help him break his heroin habit.

It seems like McGowan has finally acted to repair a mouth that was the epitome of the stereotype of Brits with bad teeth.

According to the Independent dental surgeon Darragh Mulrooney described repairing McGowan’s mouth as “The Everest of dentistry.”

McGowan recorded most of his great works when he had some teeth to work with,” Dr Mulrooney says. “The question on everyone’s lips is how it will affect his voice. The tongue is a finely attuned muscle and it makes precise movements. We’ve effectively retuned his instrument and that will be an ongoing process.”

McGowan now has a full set of teeth but Shane being Shane he likes to make a statement and does so by adding a single gold tooth to his pearly whites.

The Daily Mail reports that McGowan, who is 58 on Christmas Day has now been able to reclaim his voice.  If he can stay clean who knows, perhaps we might once again be able to see an artist who at his best was spellbinding, at his worst a shambles, perform live again.

Who knows perps McGowan’s future will see him produce performances like that he produced with the late, great Kirsty MacColl on “The Fairytale Of New York.”


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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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