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very talented Shane MacGowan posts video praising Bon Jovi's version of 'Fairytale of New York'


SHANE MacGowan has lavished praise on Jon Bon Jovi for his controversial cover of 'Fairytale of New York'

The Pogues frontman issued a video message today, where he said he was pleased with the 'Living On A Prayer' singer’s version.

“Jon B, well done,” raved Shane. “I really liked that version you did of Fairytale of New York.”

The 62-year-old adds something indecipherable, before ending with “thanks a lot."

The video was made at Shane’s Dublin home by his wife Victoria Mary Clarke.

"Shane says Bon Jovi is a talented guy and he likes the version and he thinks it’s interesting and soulful,” she notes.

Their remarks come in stark contrast to others, some of whom maintain the version of the 1987 classic is worse than the one Ronan Keating once released.

Bon Jovi ruffled feathers on Monday when he unveiled the "early holiday gift" for his fans, releasing a festive collection called A Bon Jovi Christmas.

In a trio of covers was included his version Fairytale of New York, which swapped out the original lyrics for the likes of: "You’re a squirrel ‘cause you’re nuts / You’re a kick in the gut..."

The rendition has been slated by many online, with many calling it "terrible" and music fans taking to the video to give it thousands of dislikes.

The tweets from Shane and Victoria comes in stark contrast to The Pogues themselves, who seem to suggest the rendition is awful by retweeting the sentiments of Irish musician Rob Smith, while adding: "What Rob said".

The singer didn’t hold pull his punches, writing: "I have heard Bon Jovi’s cover of Fairytale Of New York. It’s the worst thing to ever happen music, and I am including both the murder of John Lennon and Brian McFadden’s solo career in there.

"This is worse!"


Some of the other responses haven't been much better, with one music fan writing under the YouTube video: "More rotten than Shane's old smile."

Last month it was announced that some radio stations would be again playing a censored version of the hit this year and opinion was divided as ever over the word “f****t”..

The band went on their official site have retweeted some who found the move more positive and slammed those who were complaining.

They retweeted one commenter who said: "This is all I’m goanna say on it for the whole year: the word itself being in Fairytale Of New York doesn’t bother or offend me, but straight people being so angry & outraged at its removal and literally fighting and arguing for the right to sing it bothers me deeply".

“This is all I’m gonna say on it for the whole year: the word itself being in Fairytale Of New York doesn’t bother or offend me, but straight people being so angry & outraged at its removal and literally fighting and arguing for the right to sing it bothers me deeply.”

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