Today is all about Pogues front man Shane MacGowan’s love for Singha, Thailand’s most beloved lager.

Word Magazine article details how: In 1989 The Pogues landed a week of shows supporting Bob Dylan in America, but MacGowan was refused permission to board a plane from London, and Spider Stacey was forced to step up to the mike. MacGowan missed the stint with Dylan, and spent the time in his London flat, “[lying] on the floor being supplied with Mekong whiskey and Thai Singha beer, tended by my old man and my loving, live-in love Victoria and my landlady.” According to VOX magazine, MacGowan then took a “much-needed sabbatical to Thailand” on September 22, 1990. There he would have lounged on Pattaya Beach, drinking the beer that served as inspiration for “House of the Gods,” a catchy song that sounds more like The Specials’ “Simmer Down” than an Irish drinking song.

According to WikipediaHell’s Ditch is the fifth full-length album by The Pogues, and the last to feature front man Shane MacGowan as a member. Released in 1990, the album continued the group’s slow departure from Irish music, giving more emphasis to rock and straight folk rock, and forsaking their earlier staples of traditional compositions almost entirely. Several of the songs on the album have Asian themes. The album was produced by The Clash’s Joe Strummer, who later served as a temporary replacement for MacGowan when the band went on tour. MacGowan parted with the band after the release of the album, due to problems with his abuse of alcohol and drugs, which had been leading to deterioration of his reliability as a performer.

When asked why there is so much drinking in his songs, MacGowan waxes poetic:

There is drinking in a lot of the songs because there is drinking in life. I spend a lot of time drinking. I know that drinking stimulates the imagination, the natural abilities to rhyme, simple things like that. It also stimulates symbolism, which is really important in writing.