Yes very sad, though he had obviously been ill for some time. He wrote some great lyrics and songs more than the Christmas one, Rainy Night In Soho probably being my favourite. The Irish Rover with The Dubliners is fun too. Sad to think Shane and Sinead have both passed within a few months of each other.
I was listening to Greatest Hits Radio this afternoon, and they have also removed that line. I believe it was BBC Radio 2 that first started it a few years ago. Although I was also listening to RTE Radio earlier, and they play the original.
I'm assuming all of those who are offering their dismay over the censoring of the slur are not, in fact, gay men? Censorship has existed longer than this fabled "woke virus" that so many people love showcasing their outrage yet I'm thinking so many people are OK with a form of censorship based upon their own lifestyle, religion, worldview, etc. That lyric had probably been censored in many countries on the radio for decades now. My advice? Stop listening to the bloody radio and buy an album to enjoy it as intended for a change.
But what about the 'sluts, scumbags and maggots'? Ain't they got rights too?
No, I don't think they do. These are pejoratives that are universal and not specifically about people's lifestyle, rather their personalities and ignorances. I love punk music and the anger and energy but it was a different era and that is OK, too. I don't think I'm surprised that the radio censored a slur like that.
I do remember that wonderful story when writing Fairytale NY that it was on the tour when the band did nothing on the bus but watch the video of Once upon a time in America - and the opening bars of that Fairytale song were the opening bars of Ennio's theme.
The other thing mentioned on here before was that surprisingly Shane and Kirsty McCall never did a duet - she tried out for the song in the studio at a time when the band weren't around. They had tried several female singers n when the band heard her version they said "Thats it!! That's the one."
Haha. No, it's a kinda meatball comprised of all the really shitty bits of a pig. Me Dad used to eat them when I was a kid. Don't know if they're still a thing now (probably been renamed so as not to upset the sensitive).