Philip Chevron 1957-2013
Philip Chevron, best-known as guitarist for The Pogues, died today October 8, 2013, after a battle with cancer.
Chevron, born Philip Ryan in Dublin 1957, was the lead singer and a founding member of punk rock outfit the Radiators from Space, a band often thought of as Ireland’s first punk band, formed as they were in 1976. In 2008 the Irish Times named their 1978 album Ghostown the third-best Irish album of all time (jointly with I Am the Greatest by A House), behind Loveless by My Bloody Valentine and Achtung Baby by U2.
Chevron joined the Pogues after the release of their debut album, as singer Shane MacGowan’s guitar playing became too erratic, and was a full member of the band by the time of second album Rum, Sodomy And The Lash.
On The Pogues’ third album Chevron contributed the song Thousands Are Sailing, a hymn to the wave of Irish immigrants that landed in the US in the 1600-1700s. It became a live favourite.
Earlier this year, Chevron was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the head and neck. His death was announced on the group’s website: “After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family.”