Spider Stacy

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Spider Stacy
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Background information
Birth name Peter Stacy
Origin Eastbourne, England
Genres Folk, rock, punk, Celtic, Celtic rock, Celtic punk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, tin whistle,
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Dubliners Dropkick Murphys astral Social Club

Peter "Spider" Stacy (born 14 December 1958 in Eastbourne) is an English musician. He is one of the founding members of London Irish band The Pogues.

Stacy got his start in music in London's punk scene during the late 1970s as frontman for The Millwall Chainsaws (latterly featuring a young Shane MacGowan on guitar) who later changed their name to The New Republicans. He is said to be the inspiration for Young Ones character Vyvyan. In 1981, he teamed up with Shane MacGowan again, Jem Finer and James Fearnley to form The Pogues and is credited with naming the band. Initially, his role was confined to co-vocals. As Shane became more confident as a front man, Stacy learned to play the tin whistle, which remained his role until the departure of MacGowan left him with lead vocal duties. He is unusual in that his playing style owes little, if anything, to the traditional Irish approach.

Stacy was with The Pogues until they disbanded in 1996, having provided lead vocals on The Pogues last two albums. During this time they had their biggest American single with the Stacy-penned Tuesday Morning which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Rock Chart. It was the highest placed single that The Pogues had on their own in the UK charts hitting No. 18 in 1993. Their higher placed singles had guest musicians Kirsty MacColl and The Dubliners.

Stacy has done very little touring outside The Pogues, claiming not to enjoy anything as much as The Pogues live experience. He appeared playing whistle on "Fairytale of New York" and singing back up vocals on "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" at Kirsty MacColl's last ever show at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, in October, 2000. He played the odd show with Boz Boorer (Morrissey), Alabama 3, Shane MacGowan & The Popes and a couple of small tours with The Vendettas in the late 90's. He has played a handful of shows in the US in 2004 and 2008 as sometime member of the Filthy Thieving Bastards and appears on the I'm A Son Of A Gun album. (2007)

Stacy rejoined The Pogues when they reformed in 2001, and remains in the line up.

Outside of The Pogues, Stacy performs with the current Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne regularly. A talked about album has been unforthcoming though


In 2005, he appeared with Patti Smith at the Festival Hall in London during her Meltdown season. He sang "Joe Hill" with her band and accompanied her on whistle whilst she sang a 17th-century murder ballad.

In June 2006, Stacy appeared on the soundtrack of an art exhibition in Lyon, France. The soundtrack was composed by Susan Stenger with contributions by Robert Poss, Alan Vega, Alexander Hacke, F.M. Einheit, Will Oldham, Kim Gordon, Bruce Gilbert, Ulrich Krieger, Warren Ellis, Jim White, Jennifer Hoyston, Andria Degens and Spider Stacy, and conceived by Mattieu Copeland.

In 2007, along with Ronnie Drew, Stacy appeared on the album version of "(F)lannigan's Ball" from the Dropkick Murphys album The Meanest of Times. It reached No. 20 on the Billboard charts. He appears on stage with them regularly.

James Fearnley of The Pogues and Stacy guest appeared with the Shout Out Louds in October, 2007 at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, singing The Pogues' "Streams Of Whiskey". He has since played whistle live with them in London in 2008 and 2009.

In 2007 "Love You Til The End" a Pogues single from the 1995 album Pogue Mahone, with Spider on vocals, was used throughout the romantic comedy P.S. I Love You starring double academy award winner Hilary Swank.

Stacy took part in Tom Morello's Justice Tour in 2009, duetting with Steve Earle on their 1988 collaboration "Johnny Come Lately".

Most recently,Stacy has appeared on several releases by experimental musician Neil Campbell's "Astral Social Club." They have also performed live together in London.

April 2011 Spider appeared at Tipitina's, New Orleans with Gogol Bordello where they performed Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town. He also re-recorded a version of the song with Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2009.

Stacy was closely involved with Jean MacColl's "Justice For Kirsty" campaign until December, 2009 when it was incorporated into The Music Fund For Cuba, a cause close to Kirsty MacColl's heart at the time of her death in 2000. Spider and The Pogues continue to support her and her family through this charity.

Other work[edit]

Stacy appeared in the Alex Cox movies Straight to Hell (1986). Co-stars included Dennis Hopper, Jim Jarmusch, Palme d'Or winner Kathy Burke, Dick Rude, Courtney Love, Joe Strummer & Grace Jones and Walker (1987) with Joe Strummer, Ed Harris & Miguel Sandoval. In addition, he worked with the Comic Strip's "Eat The Rich" (1987) with Lemmy, amongst others. As of April 2011 he has been filming HBO's Treme playing James 'Slim Jim' Lynch, an English street musician. Slim Jim appears in seasons 2 and 3 of Treme.

He has worked with Flash artist Adam Philips on the award winning Brackenwood flash series, most notably penning and playing the Bitey theme tune in the episode "The YuYu" (2005).

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