This post is dedicated to zombie rotten mcdonald, who would bleed music rather than blood if you cut him. He was the one who got me hip to a cover version of Screaming Jay Hawkins I Put a Spell on You that Shane MacGowan and a bunch of his friends put out to benefit the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. I think you'll recognize some of the good people accompanying Shane:
Also in 2010, Shane performed an inimitable cover version of Neil Diamond's ode to cheap wine. The willowy blonde bassist is Cait O'Riordan, former bassist and occasional singer of the Pogues, who left the band to marry some dude named Declan:
Shane is still doing his thing, despite his long career of self-immolation. Every time I ponder Shane, my mind boggles that he has managed to outlive Kirsty and Phil. Given his predilection for alcohol and illicit pharmaceuticals, he'll probably outlast us all, embalmed for posterity. "The Bomb" could drop, as the video Roy embedded fearmongers, and Shane and Keith Richards would wander the smoldering ruins, fighting the rats and cockroaches for stockpiled opiates.
I don't know if that's a comforting thought or not.