The liver of Pogues front man Shane MacGowan has been honoured at the annual People Awards ceremony which took place last night in the lavish surroundings of the Royal National Theatre in London. MacGowan’s liver was awarded for it’s “remarkable fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude”.
The naming of the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is always the highlight of the night with previous winners including Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and our own Bob Geldof before he became an unbearable arsehole. This is the first time the award has ever been won by an internal organ.
Shane MacGowan has written some of the most brilliant and memorable songs in music history that will live on in the hearts of people everywhere for many generations to come. However he was never far from the media spotlight over the years with his drinking often making the headlines as much as his music.
After a period of worldwide success with The Pogues, Shane left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems. He formed a new band – Shane MacGowan and the Popes – but eventually left due to drinking problems and embarked on a solo career which he quit due to drinking problems.
More recently Shane held a press conference in Dublin and announced his intentions to form a new band. Unfortunately he left the band before the end of the press conference due to drinking problems.
It is hoped that Shane will donate his liver to science so future generations can study it and figure out how the hell he didn’t die sooner.