Waiting for Herb
Waiting for Herb is the sixth studio album by The Pogues, released in 1993, their first without former lead singer Shane MacGowan. The album saw the band continue to expand their musical reach past the traditional Irish roots it had been founded on, was only their second full-length album without a single traditional song; the album featured the track "Tuesday Morning", the band's first Top Twenty hit since "Fairytale of New York." With MacGowan departed, his singing and songwriting duties fell to the other members. While Spider Stacy took the role of lead vocalist, much of the songwriting fell to Jem Finer, who along with Terry Woods had been the most prolific songwriter apart from MacGowan. However, the album saw contributions by other members who had not written songs for the band including James Fearnley, Andrew Ranken, Darryl Hunt. Ranken sang lead vocals on "My Baby's Gone". Upon the album's release, there was some speculation that the "Herb" in the title referred to marijuana. "Tuesday Morning" – 3:30 "Smell of Petroleum" – 3:13 "Haunting" – 4:04 "Once Upon a Time" – 3:55 "Sitting on Top of the World" – 3:37 "Drunken Boat" – 6:38 "Big City" – 2:41 "Girl from the Wadi Hammamat" – 4:53 "Modern World" – 3:55 "Pachinko" – 3:09 "My Baby's Gone" – 2:24 "Small Hours" – 4:31 "First Day of Forever" – 3:20 "Train Kept Rolling On" – 3:18 "Paris St. Germain" – 3:07 The PoguesSpider Stacy - vocals Jem Finer - banjo, soprano saxophone, hurdy-gurdy, pachinko, backing vocals James Fearnley - accordion, guitar, harmonica, banjo Andrew Ranken - drums Philip Chevron - guitar, backing vocals Terry Woods - vocals, concertina, banjo, bazouki Darryl Hunt - bass, backing vocals David Coulter - percussion, foghornwith: Michael Brook - guitar, mixing, producer Debsey Wykes - vocals James Pinker - percussion Hijaz Mustapha - stringsTechnicalRichard Evans - engineer, mixing Nick Robbins - engineer Russell Kearney - assistant engineer Tony Cousins - mastering Boston Irish Reporter on the Pogues after Shane
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion. YouTube allows users to upload, rate, add to playlists, comment on videos, subscribe to other users, it offers a wide variety of corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, other content such as video blogging, short original videos, educational videos. Most of the content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
YouTube and its creators earn advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, subscription services offering premium and ad-free music streaming, ad-free access to all content, including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities; as of February 2017, there were more than 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute, one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day. As of August 2018, the website is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world, according to Alexa Internet. YouTube has faced criticism over aspects of its operations, including its handling of copyrighted content contained within uploaded videos, its recommendation algorithms perpetuating videos that promote conspiracy theories and falsehoods, hosting videos ostensibly targeting children but containing violent and/or sexually suggestive content involving popular characters, videos of minors attracting pedophilic activities in their comment sections, fluctuating policies on the types of content, eligible to be monetized with advertising.
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. According to a story, repeated in the media and Chen developed the idea for YouTube during the early months of 2005, after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos, shot at a dinner party at Chen's apartment in San Francisco. Karim did not attend the party and denied that it had occurred, but Chen commented that the idea that YouTube was founded after a dinner party "was very strengthened by marketing ideas around creating a story, digestible". Karim said the inspiration for YouTube first came from Janet Jackson's role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Karim could not find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.
Hurley and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, had been influenced by the website Hot or Not. Difficulty in finding enough dating videos led to a change of plans, with the site's founders deciding to accept uploads of any type of video. YouTube began as a venture capital-funded technology startup from an $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital and an $8 million investment from Artis Capital Management between November 2005 and April 2006. YouTube's early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California; the domain name www.youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, the website was developed over the subsequent months. The first YouTube video, titled Me at the zoo, shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo; the video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, can still be viewed on the site. YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005; the first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in November 2005.
Following a $3.5 million investment from Sequoia Capital in November, the site launched on December 15, 2005, by which time the site was receiving 8 million views a day. The site grew and, in July 2006, the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day, that the site was receiving 100 million video views per day. According to data published by market research company comScore, YouTube is the dominant provider of online video in the United States, with a market share of around 43% and more than 14 billion views of videos in May 2010. In May 2011, 48 hours of new videos were uploaded to the site every minute, which increased to 60 hours every minute in January 2012, 100 hours every minute in May 2013, 300 hours every minute in November 2014, 400 hours every minute in February 2017; as of January 2012, the site had 800 million unique users a month. It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000. According to third-party web analytics providers and SimilarWeb, YouTube is the second-most visited website in the world, as of December 2016.
James McNally (musician)
James McNally is a musician and producer of the band Afro Celt Sound System. He was a member of The Pogues and Storm, he released a solo album, Everybreath, in 2008, which included covers of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and The Police's "Every Breath You Take"
Straight to Hell (film)
Straight to Hell is a 1987 independent action-comedy film directed by Alex Cox and starring Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, Courtney Love. The film features cameos by Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello, Jim Jarmusch. Band members of The Pogues and The Circle Jerks are featured in the film; the film borrows its title from The Clash's 1982 song of the same name. The film has been called a parody of Spaghetti Westerns, concerns a gang of criminals who become stranded in the desert, where they stumble upon a surreal Western town full of coffee-addicted killers; the film is based on Giulio Questi's Spaghetti Western film, Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!, which Cox was given permission to adapt. Straight to Hell received few positive reviews upon release, was not a commercial success, although it gained something of a cult film status. A soundtrack was released. On 14 December 2010, an extended cut of the film, titled Straight to Hell Returns, was released on DVD, featuring additional footage and digitally enhanced picture quality.
This version of the film, under the collaboration of Alex Cox, was screened at several cinemas as part of a midnight movie theatrical run. Three hitmen, Willy and Simms are staying in a posh Los Angeles hotel. After failing a job, they take off in a car with a pregnant woman named Velma, in on their scheme, they flee to Mexico to escape the wrath of their boss, Amos Dade, rob a bank along the way. While driving through the desert, their car breaks down, they begin to walk. Night falls, they come upon a town, where they see a demolished car with a corpse inside, they enter an empty bar, where the three men get drunk and Velma pesters them to leave. As they exit the bar, the wrecked car has vanished; the group camps out for the night, the following morning, Velma witnesses several trucks of cowboys enter the town, carrying espresso machines with them. Much to the dismay of Velma, who insists they keep a low profile and leave, the three men enter the town, now full of townspeople, go back to the bar.
There, they are confronted by a gang of cowboys addicted to coffee, a shoot-out ensues, but they are welcomed by the townspeople. The bizarre townspeople include a couple who own a store full of piñatas, a man running a hot dog stand, countless cowboys and prostitutes; the head honcho of the town, Tim McMahon, invites the gang to a party that evening. The following day, Tim McMahon's elderly father is pushed off of a building by his relative Sabrina McMahon and dies; the entire town has a funeral procession for him, at the funeral, a friend of Amos', named Whitey, shows up looking for the hitmen and Velma. The town seizes Whitey for being a "stranger", accuses him of the murder of the McMahon grandfather. During the burial of the grandfather, his hand comes up out of the dirt and grabs the priest's ankle, the priest shoots into the ground, killing him. Meanwhile, on the gallows, Whitey begins to tell the town the truth about Amos and the hitmen, but is hanged before he can tell his story. A man named I.
G. Farben, who claims to be a house manufacturer, enters town with his wife Sonia and introduces himself, advertising his company; the next morning, Simms sees Amos' car enter the town, tries to get a drunken Willy and Norwood to leave with Velma. A series of shootouts begin between the townspeople, Amos' crew, the hitmen, I. G. Farben and Sonia provide high-grade weapons for the killers. Tim McMahon joins Amos' team after having wrongfully hanged Whitey, everyone begins to turn against each other; as Simms and Willy run into the desert, a shootout ensues with the town priest. They reach the spot where they buried the money, Simms shoots Willy as they are trying to lift the suitcase out of the ground. Simms hears Velma laughing, turns around only to be shot by Velma and one of the townsmen. After Velma shoots Simms several times, the townman with her is shot by Tim McMahon. Tim and Velma take off arm-in-arm with the suitcase of money, while Simms and Willy die. Meanwhile, in town, chaos has ensued, the town hardware store is set on fire.
Amos is shot, everyone is killed, aside from Norwood and several prostitutes. Tim and Velma leave the town in a truck with the suitcase of money, but accidentally drive off of a cliff when their brakes go out. Norwood leaves town with the prostitutes, Farben Oil Company trucks enter the town to drill for oil; the film was not intended to be made at all, the reason for a preponderance of musicians in the cast was the result of a concert tour of Nicaragua, planned in the first place. Political problems arose concerning the support of the left-wing government of Nicaragua, the tour was cancelled. In its place Cox decided to have the bands, several actors he could assemble, make a movie in Almería, Spain. Cox and co-star Dick Rude wrote a script in three days, the entire film was shot in just four weeks. Cox wrote the part of Velma for Courtney Love, who had starred in a supporting role in his previous film and Nancy. Love modeled the character after Carroll Baker's performance in the 1956 film Baby Doll.
Alex Cox turned down the chance to direct Three Amigos in order to film Straight to Hell. Straight to Hell's premiere was held at the Pickwick Drive-In in California. Invitees were asked to come dressed in "post-apocalyptic fiesta garb." Everyone who arrived was handed a water pistol. The film's premiere was a fiasco, several people at the drive-in left midway into the movie. Courtney Love was visibly upset at the premiere; the film was not well received by cri
Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan is an English-born Irish vocalist and recording artist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Celtic punk band the Pogues. He was a member of the Nipple Erectors and Shane MacGowan and the Popes, as well as producing his own solo material and working on collaborations with artists such as Kirsty MacColl, Joe Strummer, Nick Cave, Steve Earle, Sinéad O'Connor, Ronnie Drew. MacGowan was born to Irish parents in Pembury, Kent, on Christmas Day in 1957, his family returned to Ireland at some point after his birth. MacGowan spent his early childhood in County Tipperary, before his family moved back to England when he was six and a half, he attended an English public school. He has lived in many parts including Brighton and London. MacGowan's father, worked for a department store. MacGowan's mother, was a singer and traditional Irish dancer, had worked as a model in Dublin. In 1971, after attending Holmewood House School at Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, MacGowan earned a literature scholarship and was accepted into Westminster School.
He was expelled in his second year. MacGowan was first publicly noted in 1976 at a concert by British punk band The Clash, when his earlobe was damaged by Jane Crockford to be a member of Mo-dettes. A photographer snapped a picture of him covered in blood and it made the papers, with the headline "Cannibalism at Clash Gig". Shortly after this, he formed his own punk rock band, The Nipple Erectors renamed "The Nips". MacGowan drew upon his Irish heritage when founding The Pogues and changed his early punk style for a more traditional sound with tutoring from his extended family. Many of his songs are influenced by Irish nationalism, Irish history, the experiences of the Irish in London and the United States, London life in general; these influences are documented in the biography, Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context. MacGowan has cited the 19th-century Irish poet James Clarence Mangan and playwright Brendan Behan as influences. Between 1985 and 1987, he co-wrote "Fairytale of New York".
In the coming years MacGowan and The Pogues released several albums. In 1997, MacGowan appeared on Lou Reed's "Perfect Day", covered by numerous artists in aid of Children in Need, it was the UK's number one single for three weeks, in two separate spells. Selling over a million copies, the record contributed £2,125,000 to the charity's highest fundraising total in six years. After The Pogues threw MacGowan out for unprofessional behaviour, he formed a new band, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, recording two studio albums, a live album, three tracks on The Popes Outlaw Heaven and a live DVD, touring internationally. From December 2003 up to May 2005, Shane MacGowan and The Popes toured extensively in the UK, Ireland and Europe; the Pogues and MacGowan reformed for a sell-out tour in 2001 and each year from 2004 to 2009 for further tours, including headline slots at Guilfest in England and the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain. In May 2005, MacGowan rejoined The Pogues permanently; that same year, The Pogues re-released "Fairytale of New York" to raise funds for the Justice For Kirsty Campaign and Crisis at Christmas.
The single was the best-selling festive-themed single of 2005, reaching number 3 in the UK Charts that year. In 2006, he was voted 50th in the NME Rock Heroes List, he has been seen many times with The Libertines and Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty. MacGowan has joined Babyshambles on stage. Other famous friends include Johnny Depp, who starred in the video for "That Woman's Got Me Drinking", Joe Strummer, who referred to MacGowan as "one of the best writers of the century" in an interview featured on the videogram release "Live at the Town And Country Club" from 1988. Strummer joined MacGowan and The Pogues on stage. MacGowan is the subject of several paintings. In 2000, Tim Bradford used the title Is Shane MacGowan Still Alive? for a humorous book about Ireland and Irish culture. Shaman Shane — The Wounded Healer by Stephan Martin brands Shane as a latter-day London-Irish spirit-raiser and exorcist; this commentary is found in the book Myth of Return — The Paintings of Brian Whelan and Collected Commentaries.
London Irish artist Brian Whelan paints Shane, his works are featured on Shane's official website, is the illustrator of The Popes Outlaw Heaven cover. About his future with The Pogues, in a 24 December 2015 interview with Vice magazine, when the interviewer asked whether the band were still active, Shane MacGowan said: "We're not, no," saying that, since their 2001 reunion happened, "I went back with Pogues and we grew to hate each other all over again," adding: "I don't hate the band at all — they're friends. I like them a lot. We were friends for years. We just got a bit sick of each other. We're friends. I've done a hell of a lot of touring. I've had enough of it." In 2010, MacGowan played impromptu shows in Dublin with a new five-piece backing band named The Shane Gang, including In Tua Nua rhythm section Paul Byrne and Jack Dublin, with manager Joey Cashman on whistle. In November 2010, this line up went to Lanzarote to record a new album. MacGowan worked as a lyricist on How to Train Your Dragon 2 for the song "For the Dancing and the Dreaming".
Following on from the success of 2018's Finale in which he was joined by names such as Imelda May, Paddy Moloney, Albert Hammond Jr and many more, MacGowan will be appearing alongside a host of guests for the F
Kirsty Anna MacColl was a British singer and songwriter. She recorded several pop hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" and cover versions of Billy Bragg's "A New England" and The Kinks' "Days", her song "They Don't Know" was covered with great success by Tracey Ullman. MacColl sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, most notably "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. Kirsty MacColl was the daughter of dancer Jean Newlove, her father was born in England of Scottish parents. She and her brother, Hamish MacColl, grew up with their mother in Croydon, where Kirsty attended Park Hill Primary School, Monks Hill High School and John Newnham High School, making appearances in school plays. At the time of her birth, her father had been in a relationship with folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Peggy Seeger since 1956, had a son with her, she came to notice when Chiswick Records released an EP by local punk rock band the Drug Addix with MacColl on backing vocals under the pseudonym Mandy Doubt.
Stiff Records executives were not impressed with the band, but liked her and subsequently signed her to a solo deal. Her debut solo single "They Don't Know", released in 1979, peaked at number two on the Music Week airplay chart. However, a distributors' strike prevented copies of the single getting into record stores, the single failed to appear on the UK Singles Chart. MacColl recorded a follow-up single, "You Caught Me Out", but felt she lacked Stiff's full backing, left the label shortly before the song was to be released; the single was pulled, only a few "white label" promo copies of the single are known to exist. MacColl moved to Polydor Records in 1981, she had a UK number 14 hit with "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis", taken from her critically acclaimed debut album Desperate Character. In 1983, Polydor dropped her just as she had completed recording the songs for a planned second album which used more synthesizers and had new wave-styled tracks, she returned to Stiff, where pop singles such as "Terry" and "He's On the Beach" were unsuccessful but a cover of Billy Bragg's "A New England" in 1985 got to number 7 in the UK charts.
This included two extra verses specially written for her by Bragg. Around this time, MacColl wrote and performed the theme song "London Girls" for Channel 4's short-lived sitcom Dream Stuffing. In the United States, MacColl was most recognisable as the writer of "They Don't Know". Tracey Ullman's version reached #2 in the UK in 1983 and #8 in the United States in early 1984. MacColl sang back-up on the track, providing the "Baay-byy" because it was too high a pitch for Ullman, it was played over the closing credits of Ullman's HBO show Tracey Takes On... in 1996. Ullman recorded three more of MacColl's songs, "You Broke My Heart In 17 Places" and "You Caught Me Out", as the title tracks of her first and second albums and "Terry", released as a single in 1985; when Stiff went bankrupt in 1986, MacColl was left unable to record in her own right, as no record company bought her contract from the Official Receiver. However, she had regular session work as a backing vocalist, she sang on records produced or engineered by her husband, Steve Lillywhite, including tracks for Robert Plant, The Smiths, Alison Moyet, Simple Minds, Talking Heads, Big Country, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and The Wonder Stuff among others.
She appeared in the videos "Welcome to the Cheap Seats" for The Wonder Stuff and " Flowers" for Talking Heads. MacColl set the track sequencing for U2's acclaimed breakthrough album The Joshua Tree, for which Lillywhite provided mixes. MacColl re-emerged in the British charts in December 1987, reaching Number 2 with The Pogues on "Fairytale of New York", a duet with Shane MacGowan; this led to her accompanying The Pogues on their British and European tour in 1988, an experience which she said helped her temporarily overcome her stage fright. In March 1989, MacColl sang backing vocals on the Happy Mondays' Hallelujah EP. After the contract issue was resolved, MacColl returned to recording as a solo artist and received critical acclaim upon the release of Kite in 1989; the album was praised by critics, featured collaborations with David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. MacColl's lyrics addressed life in Margaret Thatcher's Britain on "Free World", ridiculed the vapidity of fame in "Fifteen Minutes", addressed the vagaries of love in "Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!"
Although Kite contained many original compositions, MacColl's biggest chart success from the album was the cover of The Kinks' song "Days", which gave her a UK Top 20 hit in July 1989. A bonus track on the CD version of Kite was a cover of the Smiths song "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby". During this time, MacColl featured on the British TV sketch comedy French and Saunders, appearing as herself, singing songs including "15 Minutes" and "Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sunny Jim!", "Still Life", "Girls On Bikes" and, with comedy duo Raw Sex, the Frank and Nancy Sinatra hit "Somethin' Stupid". She continued to write and record, releasing the album Electric Landlady in 1991; the album's title was coined by Johnny Marr as a play on the Jimi Hendrix album title Electric Ladyland. It included her most successful chart hit in North America, "Walking Down Madison", co-written with Marr and a To
James Fearnley is an English musician. He plays accordion in the folk/punk band The Pogues; as a child he was a choir treble before his voice changed at the age of sixteen. He took piano lessons but did not enjoy it, so he chose to learn the guitar instead, he played with the singer Nik Wade and with a group called The Mixers, a band based in Teddington. Fearnley became the guitarist in the last edition of Shane MacGowan's band The Nipple Erectors; the group consisted of Shane MacGowan on vocals, Shanne Bradley on bass and Jon Moss on drums. When The Nips disbanded at the end of 1980, Fearnley joined the soul band The Giants. Fearnley was asked by Moss if he wanted to become a permanent member of a band in which he sometimes played, Culture Club. Due to a misunderstanding, Fearnley never joined Culture Club, shortly after this the band went on to fame. Fearnley spent a year writing a novel. In 1982, MacGowan and Jem Finer were seeking an accordion player for their latest project. MacGowan knew that Fearnley had taken piano lessons and believed that he may have been able play the accordion too.
Finer turned up at Fearnley's flat with an accordion in a laundry bag and persuaded him to give it a try. Fearnley was nicknamed ` maestro'. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, California. Fearnley left The Pogues in 1994 due to the band's heavy touring schedule, to spend more time with his family, he rejoined the band following its reunion in 2001. He was a founding member of The Low And Sweet Orchestra, which released their debut album of spaghetti western-styled ballads Goodbye To All That in 1996; this group consisted of former Thelonious Monster vocalist Mike Martt, Circle Jerks' Zander Schloss, the brothers Kieran and Dermot Mulroney, Tom Barta and Will Hughes. Fearnley has appeared as a guest musician on albums with Talking Heads, David Byrne, Julia Fordham, Steve Earle and Melissa Etheridge among other. In 1995 he wrote the score for God's Lonely Man. Fearnley plays accordion, foot-operated snare drum and sings with Cranky George,'a band of one-man-bands' with Dermot Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney and Brad Wood and Sebastian Sheehan.
On 12 January 2012, he released his first single "Hey Ho". It was recorded with John King of Dust Brothers; the first volume of his memoirs, Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues was published by Faber and Faber on 19 April 2012 in the UK