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.”