The Shane MacGowan Story
If I Should Fall from Grace With God

  • The Shane MacGowan Story: If I Should Fall from Grace With God
    • 2003 - MVD Visual 4352 DVD
    • 2006 - Network Ireland TV DR-4352 DVD

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  • Scene Index:
    1. Paddy Public Enemy No. 1 [4:07]
    2. If I Should Fall from Grace With God [17:44]
    3. Infatuation [1:21]
    4. Gabrielle [1:41]
    5. Waxie's Dargle [3:13]
    6. Streams of Whiskey [2:45]
    7. Dirty Old Town [6:16]
    8. The Irish Rover [3:54]
    9. Fiesta [1:55]
    10. A Rainy Night in Soho [7:11]
    11. Fairytale of New York [11:58]
    12. White City [4:07]
    13. Summer in Siam [5:34]
    14. Song With No Name [2:09]
    15. That Woman's Got Me Drinking [2:37]
    16. Haunted [7:44]
    17. Lonesome Highway [6:15]

  • Cast & Crew
    • Performance Credits:
      • Shane MacGowan: Himself
    • Technical Credits:
      • Sarah Share: Director, Producer
      • Orla Daly: Editor
      • Joe O. Dubhghaill: Sound/Sound Designer
      • Cillian Fennell: Executive Producer
      • Larry Masterson: Executive Producer
      • Michael O'Meallaigh: Executive Producer
      • Rod Stoneman: Executive Producer
      • Colm Whelan: Cinematographer
    • Special Features:
      • Singalong option
      • Extended Shane MacGowan interviews and outtakes
      • Conversation with Paul Simonon of The Clash
      • Interviews with Philip Chevron and Nick Cave


Co-founder, lead singer, and principal songwriter for the seminal Irish band the Pogues, Shane MacGowan made music that was both beautiful and brutal, much of it driven by personal demons.

This documentary portrait features extensive archival footage of MacGowan's career, inspired by the twin poles of traditional Irish music and the raging punk scene of the late '70s he credits John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and that band's anti-British sentiments as a major influence. We see videos of his early band the Nips short for the Nipple Erectors; performance footage of the Pogues; clips from studio sessions with Elvis Costello, who produced the band's acclaimed Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and married the band's bass player, Caitlin O'Riordan; a TV appearance with Sinead O'Connor, who publicly criticized MacGowan's drinking, rousing his ire; and the video for the band's justly famous Christmas song, "Fairytale of New York," with Kirsty MacColl.

There are interviews with MacGowan's parents, who speak candidly of their son's difficult childhood growing up in an urban slum in England, where the family had moved to find employment; his wife Victoria Clarke; colleagues Philip Gaston, Deirdre Mahoney, Nick Cave, and Liam Clancy; and bandmates who discuss the decision to sack their front man in 1990. Recent footage finds MacGowan a striking figure of decrepitude — most of his front teeth are missing, and he is never far from a drink and a cigarette — who also manages to maintain a certain air of besotted dignity.

The film opens with a 2000 Christmas Eve performance in Dublin by MacGowan's band, the Popes; MacGowan mumbles his way through one of his songs, but the audience ably offers vocal support.

This unflinching, music-driven documentary provides the first real insight into the background and career of this legendary Irish artist who, as lead singer and songwriter for the Pogues, became a worldwide punk icon. The film includes contemporary interviews with his family, fellow musicians like Nick Cave, his longtime partner Victoria and direct one-on-one sessions with Shane himself. These are interwoven with performance material stretching back to Shane's earliest work, along with fly-on-the-wall footage from both London and Ireland. Includes performances/videos of the songs: "Paddy Public Enemy No.1", "If I Should Fall From Grace With God", "Infatuation", "Gabrielle", and more.

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Shane MacGowan and the Popes: Live At Montreux - 1995
  • Live At Montreux - 1995
    • 2004 - Eagle Eye Media EE 39049-9 DVD
    • 2004 - Eagle Vision ‎EREDV447 DVD

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  • Track List:
    1. Introduction- Claude Nobs
    2. Streams Of Whiskey
    3. Donegal Express
    4. If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    5. Nancy Whiskey
    6. Gentleman Soldier
    7. Greenland Whale Fisheries
    8. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
    9. Bring Down The Lamp
    10. Cracklin' Rosie
    11. The Body Of An American
    12. The Broad Majestic Shannon
    13. Dark Streets
    14. Hippy Hippy Shake
    15. The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn
    16. The Irish Rover
    17. Back In The County Hell
    18. Hippy Hippy Shake
    19. Sayonara
    20. Bottle Of Smoke
    21. Sally MacLennane

  • Credits
    • Recorded live on July 15, 1995 at the Miles David Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
    • Direction: Thierry Amsallem
    • Executive Producer: Claude Nobs, Geoff Kempin & Terry Shand
    • Production Coordination: Max Robertson
    • Post Production: Andree Buchler & Jean Ristori
    • Artwork: David Bowie
    • Design: Nikkie Amouyal
    • Liner Notes: Michael Heatley

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