Gavin and Me by Pat McCabe
May 14, 2011
Pat McCabe (Author of The Butcher Boy, The Dead School, Breakfast on Pluto) writes about his longtime friendship with Gavin Friday. He remembers Dublin in the 80s, collaborating on Emerald Germs of Ireland and Shag Tobacco, and shares his thoughts on the new album, ‘catholic’:
We started to spend some time together – a lot of time, actually. That he liked disco music I was pleasantly surprised to hear – and his Behanesque combination of sensitivity and pugnaciousness was something to which I found I willingly responded – in the same way as I would, later on, to Shane MacGowan’s Pogues – delighting in their appropriation of the builder’s labourer’s dark Sunday suit as a garb of defiance….