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|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, shoegaze, noise pop|
|Years active||1990–1995 , 2003 , 2013 -present|
|Labels||Creation, American, Wall of Sound, Captured Tracks|
|Past members||Shannon Lee
Medicine was formed by ex-Savage Republic drummer Brad Laner, based on some 4-track recordings Laner was working on in 1990. After playing the tapes for music industry representatives, he was told that if he formed a band that sounded like the tapes, he could get a record deal. Laner then assembled a band of musicians from the Los Angeles music scene. Medicine's early lineup included Laner, drummer Jim Goodall (Severed Head in a Bag, Jon Wayne, Lopez Beatles), guitarist Jim Putnam, bassist Eddie Ruscha and singer Annette Zilinskas (an original member of The Bangles). Putnam, Ruscha and Zilinskas eventually left; the latter was replaced by former Fourwaycross singer Beth Thompson. On the basis of the original demo, the band were signed to Creation Records, becoming the first American band to do so. In America, Medicine signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1992. With a signature guitar tone, created by running guitarist's Brad Laner's guitar through a Yamaha 4-track recorder, Medicine's music managed to distinguish itself from some of the more ambiguous endeavours of the shoegazing movement.
Their first album, Shot Forth Self Living, was released in 1992. It received airplay on college radio and coverage in alternative newspapers, with even a few of their videos played on MTV.
Their second album, The Buried Life, was released the following year, and gained Medicine more mainstream attention, including coverage in magazines like Creem.
While on tour in 1994 with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Curve and Spiritualized, the band were approached by filmmakers who requested a song for and cameo appearance in an upcoming movie. The band agreed and reworked "Time Baby 2" (from Shot Forth Self Living) into a breezy, translucent version that became "Time Baby III". The film, The Crow, was a box office success, and the soundtrack became a top seller as well. American Recordings was eager to release "Time Baby III" to coincide with the film's success. Laner countered by proposing a remix album of the band's songs. The resulting Sounds of Medicine: Stripped and Reformed Sounds EP featured remixes by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins and Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan .
The final album with the original lineup was Her Highness, released in 1995. The band broke up soon after.
The band's original lineup later reformed again and signed with the Captured Tracks label. Medicine released a new studio album, To the Happy Few, in July 2013, preceded by the single "Long as the Sun". On October 27, 2014, they released their sixth studio album, Home Everywhere.
In 2012, Captured Tracks reissued Medicine's first two albums, 1992's Shot Forth Self Living and 1993's The Buried Life, with bonus material and rarities, as part of their Shoegaze Archive series.
- Shot Forth Self Living (Def American/Creation, 1992)
- The Buried Life (American, 1993)
- Her Highness (American, 1995)
- The Mechanical Forces of Love (Wall of Sound/Astralwerks, 2003)
- To the Happy Few (Captured Tracks, 2013)
- Home Everywhere (Captured Tracks, 2014)
Singles and EPs
- "Aruca" (Creation 1992)
- "5ive" (Creation, 1993)
- "Never Click" (Beggars Banquet, 1993)
- Sounds of Medicine EP (American, 1994)
- "Time Baby 3" (American, 1994)
- "Candy Candy" (American, 1995)
- "Off the Vine" double 7" (Ectoplasm, 1995)
- Wet on Wet EP (Wall of Sound, 2002)
- "I Smile to My Eyes" (Wall of Sound, 2003)
- "As You Do" (Wall of Sound, 2004)
- "Time Baby 2" (Captured Tracks, 2011)
- "Long as the Sun" (Captured Tracks, 2013)
- Always Starting to Stop (Captured Tracks, 2012)
- Live Radio Session (2013)
- Remains 1992-1995 (self-released, 2011)
- Box Set (Captured Tracks, 2012)
- "Miss Drugstore" on Creation: Indie-Pop's Been Good to Us (Indiecator, 1992)
- "Never Click" on Particle Theory (Warner Bros., 1993)
- "Time Baby III" on The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Atlantic, 1994)
- "Slut" on The Doom Generation - Music from the Motion Picture (American, 1995)
- "One More Night" on Tigerbeat6 Inc. (Tigerbeat6, 2001)
- "I Smile To My Eyes" on Labels Series (Labels, 2003)
- "As You Do" and "I Smile to My Eyes (Themroc Mix)" on Off The Wall - 10 Years of Wall Of Sound (Wall of Sound, 2003)
- "Live It Down" on Musique Dessinee 01 - Just A Groove! (2006, Production Dessinée)