I thought you might like to do a little reminiscing as well, perhaps listen to some of those songs which George has mentioned on The Hour, which you've never had the chance to hear. Songs like Mary Gauthier's I Drink. This is a powerful, heartwrenching song from a woman who has lived it. Her songs talk about life as a runaway, life on the edge of society, life among the drag queens in limousines. And according to George, the last song that made him cry.
Or how about Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros' cover of Redemption Song? It's a beautiful powerful song no matter who sings it, but to hear Joe Strummer treat it so tenderly and to know that he would be dead before the album Streetcore was even completely finished, that just rips me apart. I still miss Joe Strummer.
And then there is Fairytale of New York by the Pogues with Kirsty McCall. I think George has referred to this as one of the only Christmas songs he can stand. Jingle Bells, it ain't. It is rough, and raw and very sad and beautiful. And sadly, Kirsty McCall is yet another musician taken away far too early. And yet, how Shane McGowan manages to survive with no teeth and a serious poly-substance addiction boggles the mind.
I'm sure you can think of numerous other songs that have come up over the last two seasons that you'd like to share. In the meantime here are: