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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|
|Associated acts||Savage Republic, Fourwaycross, Lusk|
|Past members||Jim Putnam
They are perhaps best known for their cameo appearance in the 1994 film The Crow, in which they performed "Time Baby II", although the soundtrack album included a different version titled "Time Baby 3" (featuring guest vocals from the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser).
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). Zilinskas left before any official releases and 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 Laner's guitar through a Yamaha 4-track recorder, Medicine's music managed to distinguish itself from some of the more ambiguous endeavors of the shoegaze movement.
The band's core lineup of Laner, Thompson and Goodall 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" (1992, Creation)
- "5ive" (1993, Creation)
- "Never Click" (1993, Beggars Banquet)
- Sounds of Medicine EP (1994, American)
- "Time Baby 3" (1994, American)
- "Candy Candy" (1995, American)
- "Off the Vine" double 7" (1995, Ectoplasm)
- Wet on Wet EP (2002, Wall of Sound)
- "I Smile to My Eyes" (2003, Wall of Sound)
- "As You Do" (2004, Wall of Sound)
- "Time Baby 2" (2011, Captured Tracks)
- "Long as the Sun" (2013, Captured Tracks)
- Always Starting to Stop (2012, Captured Tracks)
- In Session (2013, Captured Tracks)
- Remains 1992-1995 (2011, self-released)
- Box Set (2012, Captured Tracks)
- "Miss Drugstore" on Creation: Indie-Pop's Been Good to Us (1992, Indiecator)
- "Never Click" on Particle Theory (1993, Warner Bros.)
- "Time Baby III" on The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1994, Atlantic)
- "Slut" on The Doom Generation - Music from the Motion Picture (1995, American)
- "One More Night" on Tigerbeat6 Inc. (2001, Tigerbeat6)
- "I Smile to My Eyes" on Labels Series (2003, Labels)
- "As You Do" and "I Smile to My Eyes (Themroc Mix)" on Off The Wall - 10 Years of Wall Of Sound (2003, Wall of Sound)
- "Live It Down" on Musique Dessinee 01 - Just a Groove! (2006, Production Dessinée)
- "MEDICINE | Captured Tracks". Captured Tracks. Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- "Brad Laner". home-tapes.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-18.
- Pitchfork, Joe Tangari (2010, 16 August). "Brad Laner: Natural Selections album review". Retrieved 09 September 2012.