This should be very, very interesting. Simon is the American Charles Dickens, and the combination of his writing with the Pogues' music should make quite a collaboration:
David Simon is taking a break from creating bleak television depictions of the downfall of urban America to pen a bleak musical depiction of Irish punks The Pogues.
According to Consequence of Sound, “Genius Grant” recipient Simon has submitted his first draft of his script to the Irish theater company Druid.
He originally was collaborating with guitarist Phil Chevron before he succumbed to cancer in October.
Simon — creator of “The Wire” (which featured the song “Body of an American” in the fifth season) and the severely under-appreciated “Treme” (which features The Pogues’ Spider Stacy as a minor character, and is currently finishing its incredible final season) — is apparently a huge fan of the band. He wrote in a comment on his blogabout his fandom, “Love them hard. Consider Macgowan to be among the great lyricists and storytellers of our time, and the band to be the perfect ensemble for a remarkable synthesis of Irish traditional and rock ‘n’ roll.”