Medicine (band)

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Medicine
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, shoegaze, noise pop
Years active 1990 (1990)–1995 (1995), 2003 (2003), 2013 (2013)-present (present)
Labels Creation, American, Wall of Sound, Captured Tracks
Associated acts Lusk
Members Brad Laner
Beth Thompson
Jim Goodall
Past members Shannon Lee
Matt Devine
Eddie Ruscha
Jim Putnam
Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Bernard Yin
Dean Opseth
Annette Zilinskas
Marianne Grubbs

Medicine are an American alternative rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1990 by guitarist/keyboardist Brad Laner.[1]

They are perhaps best known for their cameo appearance in the 1994 film The Crow, in which they performed "Time Baby 3", a track that features guest vocals from the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser.

History[edit]

Medicine was formed by ex-Savage Republic drummer Brad Laner,[2] 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.

Medicine reformed briefly in 2003, solely as a duo including Laner and Shannon Lee, the daughter of actor Bruce Lee. They released one album, The Mechanical Forces of Love.

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.

Legacy[edit]

Pitchfork has hailed Medicine as the closest thing to being an American answer to My Bloody Valentine.[3]

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.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "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)

Live Albums[edit]

  • Always Starting to Stop (Captured Tracks, 2012)
  • Live Radio Session (2013)

Compilations[edit]

  • Remains 1992-1995 (self-released, 2011)
  • Box Set (Captured Tracks, 2012)

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MEDICINE | Captured Tracks". Captured Tracks. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Brad Laner". home-tapes.com. 
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media, Joe Tangari (2010, 16 August). "Brad Laner: Natural Selections album review". Retrieved 09 September 2012.

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