Debbie Harry and Jesse Malin took on the Pogues’ classic “Fairytale of New York” over the weekend during a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Clash‘s London Calling. The concert, held at New York’s Bowery Ballroom in support of the Joe Strummer Foundation, saw the pair joining forces to offer their own version of the punk song.
In the clip, the Blondie frontwoman sings the lines of Kirsty MacColl while Malin steps in for Shane Macgowan with the help of Malin’s band. The song was presented in honor of Strummer’s brief stint in the Pogues in the Nineties.
Harry released her memoir, Face It, earlier this year. “Well, at this stage in the game I feel like I’ve had a really, really far out experience,” the singer told Rolling Stone after its release. “And I’ve done a lot of really interesting things, and I’m very fortunate to make music. As Joe E. Brown says at the end of Some Like It Hot, ‘nobody’s perfect.’ And nobody’s life is perfect, and as much as it may look like somebody else’s life is perfect from the outside, there’s always some crap to deal with on the inside.”
She added, “So I don’t know, I’ve had great, happy times and I’ve had some confusion. I kept going somehow and I don’t know if that’s from stubbornness or stupidity, but both those words start with an ‘st.’ You know, I mean is anybody’s life all happy or all sad? It’s impossible. I don’t think it’s over yet. I feel like saying to everybody “Not dead yet! Not dead yet!”
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Malin, meanwhile, released his album Sunset Kids, produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby, earlier this year. An Americana-leaning project — and one of Rolling Stone‘s 40 best country and Americana albums of 2019 — it includes a song inspired by the Pogues’ Macgowan titled “Shane.”
On Thursday, Malin will return to the Bowery Ballroom to perform Sunset Kids in its entirety with Williams. The performance will be broadcast on SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60) at 8:00 p.m./ET, with rebroadcasts airing on Outlaw Country on December 20th and 22nd.