A love song written by lead singer Shane MacGowan, this is one of the most popular Pogues songs and has been included in every setlist since their reformation in 2001.
This is the song where Shane MacGowan and producer Elvis Costello fell out with each other during the final mix. Costello wanted to keep an oboe on the song and MacGowan a flugelhorn (a kind of trumpet). MacGowan got his way and Costello later washed his hands of the recording. Eventually the song was released in 3 versions: with the flugelhorn on the original English release and with the oboe on the American/Canadian release. 5 years later in 1991 the third version of the song - a remix with new overdubs, produced by Steve Lillywhite - was released containing elements of both oboe and flugelhorn.
Nick Cave - an admirer of Shane MacGowan's writing - recorded this song in 1992 as a B-side.
Suggestion credit: Christian - Copenhagen, Denmark, for all above
Stephens Stills played timbales on the Bee Gees hit, "You Should Be Dancing." He was in the next door studio laying down a Crosby, Stills and Nash album and could hear Saturday Night Fever being recorded. Stills recognized its potential to be a monster hit and he wanted to contribute.