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Philip Chevron

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Philip Ryan (born 17 June 1957 in Dublin), professionally known as Philip Chevron, is an Irish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the guitarist for The Pogues.

Since the late 1970s, Chevron is the lead singer and a founding member of punk rock outfit, The Radiators From Space, receiving some critical acclaim, albeit little widespread popularity or financial success. Following a temporary breakup of the band in 1981, he lived in London for a time, meeting and befriending Shane MacGowan through time spent working together at a record shop.

Following the release of the Pogues’ 1984 debut album Red Roses For Me, he was invited to join the band on a short-term basis as cover for banjo player Jem Finer’s paternity leave. He then took over as guitarist following MacGowan’s decision to concentrate on singing—thereby becoming a full-time member of the band in time for the recording of its second album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. He also played the banjo and mandolin on Pogues recordings.
Although living somewhat in the shadow of MacGowan during his time with The Pogues, and lacking the former’s pitch-black sense of humour and distinctive vocal style, Chevron proved himself as a singer-songwriter in his own right, creating the popular ballads “Thousands Are Sailing” and “Lorelei” amongst others.
Chevron left The Pogues in 1994 following much-publicised problems with drugs and alcohol. In 2003, he reformed The Radiators (Plan 9) along with ex-Pogues bassist Cait O’Riordan.

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