allegedly so. i believe victoria clarke, shane's ex-girlfriend, mentioned the incident in an article she wrote which apeared in the london press around the time he was slugged in the bathroom with the pipe.
I don't see how he could have possibly eaten it. Maybe bit the fuck out of it, and spit it out. But, come on, eat the thing? Thats 12 inches of plastic, not a piece of paper or something. She had to be exagerating!
“An’ this is the last of Brummy,” he said, leaning on his spade and looking away over the tops of the ragged gums on the distant range.
"Being a rock wife is a little like being an arctic explorer, in that it's not necessarily something you do for the good of your health. It's not a sensible thing to be. I first realised the enormity of the gulf between what is considered normal in a relationship and what I had always taken for granted in mine when I was called from my bed, one night many years ago, by the landlady of my boyfriend, Shane MacGowan. She had heard strange noises coming from his flat at the top floor of her respectable town house. On attempting to gain entry, she was forced to retreat by Shane, who stood at the top of the stairs - blood gushing from his mouth, teeth akimbo - and hurled an acoustic guitar at her.
Shane is a well-known musician with a reputation for drug and alcohol-fuelled impropriety, so his landlady was, in fact, prepared for a certain amount of unsociable disturbance when she took him on as a tenant. The blood, however, alarmed her, along with the fact that in one hand he had been holding a half-eaten Beach Boys record, their Greatest Hits, Volume Three.
When I arrived, in my capacity as the girlfriend, to sort things out, Shane calmed down enough to explain to me that he had taken 15 or 20 tabs of acid earlier in the evening, and had become convinced that the third world war was taking place and that he, as the leader of the Irish republic, was holding a summit meeting in his kitchen between the heads of state of the world superpowers, Russia, China, America and Ireland. In order to demonstrate the cultural inferiority of the United States, he was eating a Beach Boys album. "
"..and had become convinced that the third world war was taking place and that he, as the leader of the Irish republic, was holding a summit meeting in his kitchen between the heads of state of the world superpowers, Russia, China, America and Ireland. In order to demonstrate the cultural inferiority of the United States, he was eating a Beach Boys album."
Greatest Hits Volume Three: Best of the Brother Years 1970-1986
If you're going to eat a Beach Boys Greatest Hits album, that is definitely the one to scoff! Volumes one and two are quite good.............no matter how chemically altered he was, Shane's judgement was sound!