Additions and Changes
The Pogues have announced Japan / Australia tour in March / April. James Fearnley has finished a memoir about the Pogues, which is to be released in May.
- Information about the Pogues side-projects (The Radiators from Space new album, Shane MacGowan's and Terry Woods' guest appearances, James Fearnley's new track) added to the frontpage.
- Graphic adaptation of "The Turkish Song of the Damned" by Dutch illustrator Roel Seidell added to the site.
The Pogues toured the US in March and various European countries in July. They have announced there will be no Christmas tour this year.
- The list of all gigs of the reunited Pogues added to the site.
- Photos from Munich added to the Photo Gallery
The Pogues have completed their Christmas tour of the UK and Ireland and announced their March US tour.
- Reviews of the December tour added to the Print section
- Photos from Dublin and Glasgow gigs added to the Photo Gallery
The Pogues have completed their European tour, including their very first gig in Eastern Europe (Moscow), and announced their Christmas tour in the UK and Ireland.
- Photos from the Moscow gig added to the Photo Gallery and a travelogue from Moscow added to the Print section.
- Two 2010 interviews with Shane MacGowan added to the Print section.
- Stuff from 2007 added to the Print section (interviews, reviews of the US gigs).
- Non-working links fixed in the Others section.
The Pogues are setting out on their first tour of continental Europe since their reunion.
- The frontpage has been updated with info about a memorial concert for Kirsty MacColl and a link to a new online store with the Pogues merchandise.
The Pogues announced that unlike in the previous years, there would be no tour in March.
- Photos of the Pogues current crew (sound engineers, lighting designers, managers, roadies) added to the "Pogues Orbit" album in the Medusa gallery ("Photos" section).
After enjoying a short break after the fall 2009 US tour, the Pogues have kicked off their annual Christmas tour of the UK and Ireland.
- "Others" section (links to other Pogues sites) re-worked and updated.
- Press articles from 2008 (interviews, gig reviews) and recent interviews with Philip and Spider added to the Print section.
A lot has happened since October 2004, obviously. The reunited Pogues have played several UK & Ireland and US tours with some European festivals stuffed in between, all their regular albums have been remastered and re-released with bonus tracks, the long-awaited box set of rarities have seen the light of day, two new books about the band have been written... and Medusa has tried to reflect it all, even if nothing has been mentioned in this section, making it look like the raft has sunk to the bottom of the sea or at least to deep slumber.
While new stuff has only been announced on the frontpage and at the forum (which has seen a big make-over, by the way, with the upgrade of the software powering it) so far, Iíll try to update other parts of the site from now on, step by step, bit by bit.
- Press articles from 2009 (interviews, gig reviews), book excerpts and old fan travelogues added to the Print section.
- Two books added to the Books section in Discography.
- Non-Pogues projects updated on the frontpage.
October 20, 2004
I've been remarkably neglegent in keeping these change
notes up-to-date. A lot has happened since June 4,
2001. Some of the highlights are:
11/13/03 - Made a discussion
10/??/04 - Made available the Warner Brother press release
describing the re-release of The Pogues' catalogue
and 2004 reunion tour
10/??/04 - Made available the 625 Records press
release describing the release of The Radiators
(Plan 9)'s "Television Screen 2004" EP
11/20/04 - Stoked the "Muirshen Durkin" fire with
new comments from Jim Lucas.
June 04, 2001
06/04/01 - Fixed some stupid typos and obvious
errors in the Kitty lyrics.
June 02, 2001
06/02/01 - Small updates throughout. Added an LA Times article about the Low & Sweet Orchestra.
May 29, 2001
05/29/01 - Added a biography for Caroline Lavelle (she provided Cello for several songs on the Pogues' Pogue Mahone release). I also added a blurb to the front page of Medusa to let people know that her new release is now available.
March 25, 2001
03/25/01 - Lots of behind the scenes cleaning up of HTML code. You shouldn't notice any difference. I've also converted six of the sound samples from Hell's Ditch to MP3 rathar than WAV. At this rate I'll have everything all nicely converted by 2006 at the absolute latest.
February 24, 2001
02/24/01 - Replaced the Others section with a dynamic page that automagically rips off the Pogues, After Pogues, and Shane MacGowan catagories from the Open Directory Project.
February 1, 2001
02/01/01 - Added information to the front page about Darryl Hunt's new release, BISH. I also took the opportunity to update Darryl's biography.
December 19, 2000
12/19/00 - Added a blurb to the front page about Kirsty MacColl's untimely passing
October 9, 2000
10/09/00 - For some reason that I can't fathom people keep asking what I listen to. I've resisted giving an answer for years 'cause I don't think it's at all relevant to this site, and I've been too lazy to compile a list. The years have worn me down, and I had another reason to compile a list, so I'm finally caving into pressure to tell the rest of the world what I listen to. For your entertainment and chortles, here's what's in my daily rotation.
June 23, 2000
06/23/00 - The old Swap data has been pulled down. A new PogueSwap is now live. It's taken the form of an Auction site. It should have more Auction-like features coming in the future (proxy bidding, etc). Enjoy.
October 30, 1999
10/30/99 - I've finally got around to re-importing the missing Swap ads (from June through September 10). Yay. Also, I really am working on re-writing the Swap CGI scripts. I've finished the part that gathers the data and writes it out to the ad database. Now I just need to write the parts that gather data out of the database and massages/presents the data in a nice pretty way.
September 28, 1999
09/28/99 - Well. Not a whole lot, exactly, has changed with the content of this site in many, many months (as you can see by the date on the last entry. What has changed, however, is the hardware/server that serves this site. Without boring you with too much information, the OS is now different and so is the web server itself. What this means to you is that I can now add more bells and whistles to the site, and the site itself will be much faster. Hoo-ray.
- 09/28/99 - I've replaced the old Search engine with a new one. It's acceptably fast for this size of search, and will be more hassle-free to maintain.
- 09/28/99 - I've added the ability to vote for your favorite Pogues release (look at the front page to see the results so far, and to vote yourself.
- 09/28/99 - The Swap section is currently non-functional. You can see ads that were submitted up-to about two months ago (I hope to get the more current ones in place before too long), but you can not submit any new ones. I need to re-write the CGI that handles this part of the content and just don't have a lot of time for it right now. I apologize for any inconvenience.
January 16, 1999
01/16/99 - RBalm was able to confirm for me the vinyl catalog number
and the track list for the 7" How Comesingle. A big wad of thanks
January 15, 1999
01/15/99 - Well now... Happy New Year to all. I hope that I'll be able
to spend more time working on Medusa in '99 than I did in '98 (there are
still many things I have plans for). We'll see.
01/15/99 - I've begun the painful process of replacing the WAV files on
the server with MP3 files. Why? They're smaller, they sound better, and
they're in stereo. But before anyone asks, I'm making them as 30 second
clips (60 seconds in some cases), I will not make full MP3 copies available,
please don't ask for them. Great wads of thanks go to Mike Benchoff for
his invaluable help with the MP3s. As of today (Jan 15) I've done all the
songs in the Red Roses For Me section, but have not yet tackled
the other albums. I hope this will happen next week.
December 15, 1998
12/15/98 - A very small update every five months, whether the site needs
it or not. That's my motto, dammit. I'll not bore you with the very dull
details regarding my tardiness on the updates. I'll just leave it with
"I work for Netscape, and the rumors you hear about ten and twelve hour
days every day are completely true." But enough bitching...
12/15/98 - I performed some cleanup in the Swap section (I removed several
ads that were out of date, repetitive, or just inappropriate).
July 10, 1998
07/10/98 - My my my. It has been a long time since I've really done much
with Medusa, isn't it? There are a couple of things that I've done
since the February 23 date below, but somehow I never got around to making
a note of them. I've re-worked the imagemap at the bottom of all the pages
to make it easier to read. I've added a search engine that will search
the lyrics or the print section of the site for you. And today I've added
a link to Tim O'Dea's A Rusty Tin Can and An Old Hurley Ball web
site to the Others section (it's about time ... I had thought I'd done
this well over a year ago and just never checked it. I apologize to Tim
for the delay.) I've also added the Help file for the Search page, and
I cleaned up some of the old Looking classifieds to make room for new ones.
Still... That's not a whole lot to show for five months, eh?
February 23, 1998
02/23/98 - Added a People magazine review
of Hell's Ditch.
02/23/98 - OK, so I wimped out. I stopped after two articles. The last
one was an If I Should Fall From Grace With God from the New
February 21, 1998
02/21/98 - Added a Washington Post review
of If I Should Fall From Grace With God (the review includes reviews
of Cry Before Dawn's '88 album, Clannad's Sirius, and Sinead O'Connor's
The Lion and the Cobra).
02/21/98 - Added a Chicago Tribune review
of a late '87 gig.
02/21/98 - Added a Courier-Journal
review of Peace And Love.
02/21/98 - Added a review
of Waiting for Herb from the St. Louis Dispatch (mixed in is also
Pet Shop Boys review, Pearl Jam, and Mystic Works reviews).
02/21/98 - Added a Toronto Star review
of a post MacGowan show from '91.
02/21/98 - Added a Newsday review
of If I Should Fall From Grace With God.
02/21/98 - Added a Vancouver Sun review
of Pogue Mahone
02/21/98 - Added a New York Times 1994 review
that contains mini-reviews of many Celtic bands' shows.
02/21/98 - The New York Times wrote an interesting review
of Hell's Ditch along with a Waterboys album and a The Men They
Couldn't Hang album.
02/21/98 - There's a Hollywood Reporter review of the Pogues' '91 show
at the Wiltern right here.
The LA Times also reviewed
02/21/98 - The Times wrote a review
of a 1990 gig at Wembley Arena.Strangely, the Independent also reviewed
02/21/98 - Last, I added the '96 Daily Mail Rock Wives article featuring
Shane's girlfriend, Victoria Clarke (it also features Sharon Osbourne,
wife of Ozzy Osbourne, and Angie Bowie, ex wife of David Bowie).
February 8, 1998
02/08/98 - The Daily Telegraph wrote a quick review of the Pogues/Joe Strummer
show. It's here.
02/08/98 - Back in '95, the Des Moines Register reviewed
02/08/98 - In '86 the Los Angeles Times was less than impressed
with a Pogues gig.
02/08/98 - In '94 the Guardian waxed
philosophical about Shane's future after his fifth performance with
the Popes (at some fleadh).
02/08/98 - In '94 the Calgary Herald did a piece
on the Mahones. They talk about the Pogues' influence on the band.
02/08/98 - The Chicago Tribune reviewed
a Shane & the Popes gig back in '95.
02/08/98 - The Times wrote a simply charming review
of the Pogues' Brixton Academy gig in '91.
02/08/98 - Here's an interesting interview
with Spider from the Boston Irish Reporter (1993).
02/08/98 - In '92 the Daily Yomiuri wrote a fun review
of a Pogues/Strummer show.
02/08/98 - The Independent wrote a review
of a MacGowan gig in '94.
02/08/98 - I got several chuckles from this
Year In Review ('95) piece from the Boston Irish Reporter.
02/08/98 - A quickie from the Boston Globe is here,
talking briefly about an '89 gig to promote the upcoming Peace &
02/08/98 - Yet another MacGowan gig review from '95 is here
(this one from the Boston Globe).
February 7, 1998
02/07/98 - Added an interview/concert
hype article with Shane MacGowan (from the Evening Standard) for an
upcoming (at the time) fleadh.
02/07/98 - Added an interview/concert
hype article with David Colter from the Vancouver Sun.
02/07/98 - Added a concert review
from the Waiting for Herb tour from Newsday.
02/07/98 - There's also a review
of the Waiting for Herb show from the Gazette (Montreal).
02/07/98 - Added a review
of Best of the Pogues and Essential Pogues from the Vancouver
02/07/98 - A smarmy review
of a 94 MacGowan concert from the Irish Voice was added.
02/07/98 - A MacGowan concert review
from the Observer is also new.
02/07/98 - Yet another smarmy review
of The Snake (this one from the New Mexican).
02/07/98 - Added another review
of another MacGowan gig. This one's from the New York Times.
02/07/98 - Added two articles from the Los Angeles Times. The first
is pre-concert hype for the Pogues' opening for Dylan. The second
is a disappointed review about their having left MacGowan behind.
02/07/98 - Added a review
of a MacGowan concert from the Toronto Sun.
02/07/98 - A New York Times review
of the Pogues' Pogue Mahone tour.
02/07/98 - Who'd have thunk that the Christian Science Monitor would have
written an article
about the Pogues way back in 1986?
02/07/98 - The Boston Globe wrote some pre-concert
hype for Lowe and MacGowan.
02/07/98 - The Calgary Herald had a quick, smarmy interview
with Spider Stacy to help promote the Waiting for Herb release.
02/07/98 - And who'd have thunk the Jerusalem Post would review
Preace and Love?
02/07/98 - The San Diego Union-Tribune had one of the rare Jem Finer interviews,
talking about the Pogues' influences just after Peace and Love was
02/07/98 - The Irish Voice had a little pre-tour
interview with Spider Stacy in 1996.
02/07/98 - And the final addition of the day, a Newsday review
of a Pogues gig from 1989.
February 6 1998
02/06/98 - Added concert review
for a 95 Shane MacGowan gig from the Boston Irish Reporter.
02/06/98 - Added a review
of Peace and Love from the Chicago Tribune.
February 5, 1998
February 2, 1998
02/02/98 - Updated the Others section ever so
02/02/98 - Added the nearly infamous Victoria Clark article
from the Guardian.
02/02/98 - Added a perfectly lovely concert
hype/interview thingy from the Vancouver Sun (for the Waiting for
02//02/98 - Added one from
the Irish Voice too (from 1991, for the Hell's Ditch tour).
02/02/98 - Wouldn't you know there was a smarmy
one from the Chicago Tribune about the same tour?
January 30, 1998
January 24, 1998
01/24/98 - Here I sit, in the cold, at 7:00am. I'm tired, I'm cold (Did
I mention that already?), and I'm using my laptop to keep my lap warm (I
knew it'd come in handy eventually). Here's hoping that the battery lasts
for a long, long time and I get a lot done on the Medusa.
01/24/08 - I've added a .CRD file for Lorelei
and Young Ned of
01/24/98 - A bio for James
McNally has finally been added. Now I just need bios for Jaimy Clark
and Phil Coulter.
01/24/98 - Added an article/interview about Richard
Thompson. The Pogues are mentioned towards the end.
01/24/98 - A Small blurb about the Pogues' breakup is here.
01/24/98 - Added an interview with Craig
Leon (he worked with the Pogues to produce their parts of the Sid &
01/24/98 - And now, several hours later, I'm out of power and material.
More updates soon...
January 22, 1998
01/22/98 - I've gone from not endorsing any one browser to endorsing Netscape
Communicator/Navigator. I've done this for two reasons: 1) It's now free.
2) I work for Netscape, and it's in my best interest to help push my employer's
products. So use Communicator/Navigator, and help me stay employed.
January 11, 1998
01/11/98 - I've been real bad at updating this section for the last month.
Since December 11, I've done a lot of cosmetic stuff. I've done more work
much of the discography.
I've added a Books section to
the discography (technically this would be a Bibliography, but I don't
care that much). I've made the main discography page much more interesting
to look at (and made the cover art that shows up very dynamic). I've added
many photos to the PastPogues
section. And... well? And... I can't remember what else (although there
have been other changes). Explore. And, of course, if you have some information
that I can use, please email it to me.
December 11, 1997
12/11/97 - Did some maintenance to the Discography section (Made the main
page a bit more visually stimulating. Added notes to the LPs
section regarding the Enigma release of Red Roses for Me. Added
notes regarding the Japanese releases of the Best of the Pogues
& The Rest of the Best. Added New Wave XMas, Tapeworm, Garbo,
and Grosse Pointe Blank: More Music From to the related
12/11/97 - I've begun converting most of the cover art and photos from
the GIF image format to the Progressive JPEG format. This makes the files
about a third the size they were before, and they should look no worse
for wear. Hopefully everybody's browsers now support this image format.
November 11, 1997
11/11/97 - Added several New articles. A Shane concert review,
a Hell's Ditch review,
a Peace And Love review, a review
of Shane MacGowan's The Snake, and one last glowing Peace And Love review.
More to come real soon. Really.
November 10, 1997
11/10/97 - Created the PogueRing web ring.
If you have a Pogues or Pogues related site, please add yourself to this
11/10/97 - Many small errors fixed.
November 8, 1997
11/08/97 - Very minor. Just added information about Shane's new album,
The Crock of Gold, to the front page.
October 19, 1997
10/19/97 - Did large amounts of damage to the Singles
section of the discography (added additional cover art, deleted one redundant
entry, corrected some errors, and added a lot more detail regarding various
versions of releases).
October 18, 1997
10/18/97 - Added the lyrics to Haunted,
The One and
Only, and Johnny
10/18/97 - I decided to take mercy on you modem users, and re-sampled the
background image. It was a 25k gif file, now it's a 6k progressive jpg
file. If the background looks white to you, your browser doesn't support
progressive jpg and you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser.
October 16, 1997
10/16/97 - Fixed many potential bad links, and added an Elvis Costello
Biography that mentions Cait
O'Riorden and the Pogues in passing.
October 12, 1997
10/12/97 - Added two interesting articles (here
and here) that I think
are from Melody Maker (I'm certain that one of them is, but I'm unsure
of the other).
10/12/97 - Added two bits of concert fluff (here
and here) from the
Chicago Tribune. The show was the Rum, Sodomy, & the Lash tour.
10/12/97 - Added an amusing little "first impression" type of interview
10/12/97 - Added new cover art to the Singles (Sally MacLennane, The Irish
Rover, and Fiesta) and Related (The Last Temptation of Elvis) sections
of the Discography.
October 11, 1997
September 23, 1997
09/23/97 - I figured that since the site is more-or-less reborn today,
a new "What's New" section is warranted. If you want to read through the
old "What's New," you can find it archived here.
09/23/97 - I seem finally to have worked out the migration hiccups, so
I suppose that The Pogues: In the Wake of the Medusa is officially
back on line. The server now restarts itself if it crashes, my email address
has been updated on all the pages, and any links to the old 126.96.36.199
address have been changed to reflect the new location.
Golly. Hurrah for our side, smoke me a kipper, pip-pip, and so on.
It's great to be back on-line, and I'm very much looking forward to making
a large number of additions and changes with Medusa over the next
several months. Please bear with me during this reconstructive period,
and be sure to send any suggestion/corrections/contributions that you may
have to me (just click on the DzM on the bottom of any page).
Your intrepid maintainer is DzM.