Song of the Day, January 29: Wake of the Medusa by the Pogues

PoguesWakeDitchToday’s song is Wake of the Medusa by the Pogues. It appears on their fifth album, Hell’s Ditch, which finds founder and primary vocalist Shane MacGowan contributing fewer tracks as his health deteriorated and his drug use increased. This song was written by Jem Finer and sung by Spider Stacy, a pairing that would feature prominently on later releases.

The band were fascinated by the story of the shipwreck of the Medusa and had used a modified painting of it — Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa — as the cover of their brilliant second album Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. Finer creates a stirring first-person narrative of the wreck, anchored by a ghostly folk reel and eerie vocal effects from the band. It’s a compelling song that captures the spirit of the event and the group nicely.

Enjoy this great track today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.


all contents © Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

Weekly Top 40

The Weekly Top 40 1955-2017

Major Spoilers

We know you love comics. We do, too.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Greatest British Songs

The best songs from British bands and artists

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

The Falcon's Nest

The Home of All Things Rock and Sometimes Roll

%d bloggers like this: