The Snake (Shane MacGowan album)

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The Snake
The Snake (album).jpg
Studio album by
Released1994
LabelZTT
ProducerDave Jordan
Shane MacGowan chronology
The Snake
(1994)
The Crock of Gold
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

The Snake is the first solo album by Shane MacGowan with backing band The Popes. Released in 1994 by ZTT Records. Guests on the album include Johnny Depp and members of The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy and The Pogues.

An expanded edition was released in 1995 with a revised running order and added three additional tracks: the traditional songs "Nancy Whiskey" and "Roddy McCorley", which had been released as b-sides the previous year,[2] as well as a duet with Sinéad O'Connor - a new recoding of the Pogues song "Haunted". The song would later also appear on the soundtrack for the romantic comedy film Two If by Sea.

A third edition, first released on vinyl in 1995, adds another duet, "You're the One", this time with Clannad's Máire Brennan, from the soundtrack to the film Circle of Friends.

A fourth, further-expanded release appeared as a limited edition CD remaster in Japan only in 2009, adding the 1997 b-side "A Man Called Horse"[3] as a bonus track.[4]

Like a number of songs recorded by MacGowan's previous band, The Pogues, traditional tunes are sometimes used as a base for a new song (for example, the melody for "The Song With No Name" is based on "The Homes of Donegal").[5]

Track listings

All songs composed by Shane MacGowan; except where noted

Original Edition

Released by ZTT in 1994 on CD and cassette in 1994 in Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, and on vinyl in Europe only. Re-released on vinyl in Europe in 2016 by Music On Vinyl/WEA.

  1. "The Church Of The Holy Spook"
  2. "That Woman's Got Me Drinking"
  3. "The Song with No Name"
  4. "Aisling"
  5. "I'll Be Your Handbag"
  6. "Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway" (Gerry Rafferty)
  7. "A Mexican Funeral In Paris"
  8. "The Snake with Eyes of Garnet"
  9. "Donegal Express"
  10. "Victoria"
  11. "The Rising of the Moon" (Traditional, arranged S. MacGowan)
  12. "Bring Down the Lamp"

First Expanded Release

Released in 1995 on CD and cassette in the US by Warner Bros. Records/ZTT, in Europe by ZTT, and in Poland by Warner Music Poland

  1. "The Church Of The Holy Spook"
  2. "Nancy Whiskey" (Traditional)
  3. "The Song with No Name"
  4. "Aisling"
  5. "Roddy McCorley" (Traditional)
  6. "Victoria"
  7. "That Woman's Got Me Drinking"
  8. "A Mexican Funeral In Paris"
  9. "The Rising of the Moon" (Traditional, arranged S. MacGowan)
  10. "The Snake with Eyes of Garnet"
  11. "Haunted"
  12. "I'll Be Your Handbag"
  13. "Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway" (Gerry Rafferty)
  14. "Bring Down the Lamp"
  15. "Donegal Express"

Second Expanded Release

Released by ZTT in 1995 on vinyl in France & Germany only, and on CD in Europe in 1998

  1. "The Church Of The Holy Spook"
  2. "Nancy Whiskey" (Traditional)
  3. "The Song with No Name"
  4. "Aisling"
  5. "Roddy McCorley" (Traditional)
  6. "Victoria"
  7. "That Woman's Got Me Drinking"
  8. "You're the One" (Shane MacGowan, Michael Kamen)
  9. "A Mexican Funeral In Paris"
  10. "The Rising of the Moon" (Traditional; arranged by Shane MacGowan)
  11. "The Snake with Eyes of Garnet"
  12. "Haunted"
  13. "I'll Be Your Handbag"
  14. "Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway" (Gerry Rafferty)
  15. "Bring Down the Lamp"
  16. "Donegal Express"

Third Expanded Release

Released by ZTT in 2009 as a limited edition remastered CD in Japan only.

  1. "The Church Of The Holy Spook"
  2. "Nancy Whiskey" (Traditional)
  3. "The Song with No Name"
  4. "Aisling"
  5. "Roddy McCorley" (Traditional)
  6. "Victoria"
  7. "That Woman's Got Me Drinking"
  8. "You're the One" (Shane MacGowan, Michael Kamen)
  9. "A Mexican Funeral In Paris"
  10. "The Rising of the Moon" (Traditional; arranged by Shane MacGowan)
  11. "The Snake with Eyes of Garnet"
  12. "Haunted"
  13. "I'll Be Your Handbag"
  14. "Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway" (Gerry Rafferty)
  15. "Bring Down the Lamp"
  16. "Donegal Express"
  17. "A Man Called Horse' [Bonus Track]

Personnel

The Popes
  • Paul McGuinness - guitar, vocals
  • Bernie "The Undertaker" France - bass, vocals
  • Danny Pope - drums, percussion
  • Tom "The Beast" McManamon, aka "Tom McAnimal" - tenor banjo
  • Kieran "Mo" O'Hagan - guitar, vocals
  • Colm O'Maonlai - whistles

with:

Technical
  • Produced by Dave Jordan and Shane MacGowan
  • Mixed by Steve Brown
  • Engineered by Niall Flynn, Steve Musters, Darren Westbrook and Richard Rainy
  • Recorded at Sarm East, Windmill Lane, Marcus, Raezor.
  • Mixed at Raezor.

References

  1. ^ "The Snake - Shane MacGowan, Shane MacGowan & the Popes | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Shane-MacGowan-And-The-Popes-The-Song-With-No-Name/master/108017 https://www.discogs.com/Shane-MacGowan-And-The-Popes-That-Womans-Got-Me-Drinking/master/97199
  3. ^ "Shane MacGowan + the Popes – Lonesome Highway (1997, CD)". Discogs.
  4. ^ For a list of all editions with track lists, etc, see https://www.discogs.com/Shane-MacGowan-And-The-Popes-The-Snake/master/97197
  5. ^ "Reviews 2000-2001". Paythereckoning.com. 9 November 2001. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  6. ^ Ron Kavana, interview printed in liner notes of Kavana's 1999 live album "Alien Alert", published by Proper Records