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Cait O'Riordan

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Caitlín O’Riordan (born 4 January 1965) is a British musician. She played bass guitar for the British-Irish punk/folk band The Pogues from 1983 to 1986. She later played with Elvis Costello, her husband from 1986 to 2002, as well as several other projects.

O’Riordan was born in Nigeria to Irish and Scottish parents who moved to London in 1967 when the Nigerian Civil War broke out. She met future Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan in 1979 while he was playing with his band The Nips; he invited her to join the Pogues in 1982. She appeared on the group’s first two albums, Red Roses for Me and Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and several early singles, before leaving in 1986. On top of playing bass, she provided vocals for “I’m a Man You Don’t Meet Every Day” on Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and for “Haunted” on the soundtrack to Alex Cox’s film Sid and Nancy. She also appeared with the band in the 1987 Alex Cox film Straight to Hell and had a small role as the dance hall girl Slim McMahon. During that time she also sang in Darryl Hunt’s band Pride of the Cross.

O’Riordan became involved with Elvis Costello in 1985, while he was producing the Pogues’ album Rum, Sodomy and the Lash; they married on 17 May 1986. Cait denies, not very convincingly they were ever married in an interview with the Irish Independent.

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