Mick Medew

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Mick Medew
Birth name Robert Michael Medew
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts The 31st
Screaming Tribesmen
Mick Medew and the Rumours

Robert Michael "Mick" Medew is an Australian singer-songwriter who fronted Screaming Tribesmen, which formed in Brisbane in 1981. Medew has written or co-written a number of independent hits, "Igloo", "Date with a Vampyre" and "I Got a Feeling", which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks college charts.


Mick Medew as lead vocalist and guitarist formed a straight-ahead hard rock band, The 31st, in Brisbane in 1979, with Ron Peno (ex-The Hellcats) on vocals, Tony Robertson (ex-Credits) on bass guitar and Chris Welsh on drums.[1] They were joined by Brad Shepherd (ex-Fun Things) on guitar in mid-1980. Medew and Peno co-wrote "Igloo" and "Stand Alone".[2]

In early 1981, Peno and Welsh left (eventually forming Died Pretty), Robertson and Shepherd joined The Hitmen in Sydney and Medew formed Screaming Tribesmen in Brisbane. Medew recruited John Hartley (ex-Fun Things) on bass guitar and backing vocals and Brad's younger brother Murray Shepherd (ex-Fun Things) on drums.[1] Screaming Tribesmen had a variable line-up and relocated to Sydney.[3] They had a number seven hit single on the Alternative Songs (formerly Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks) with the Medew-penned, "I Got a Feeling" in 1988.[4][5]

In 2008, he formed Mick Medew and the Rumours, after a sabbatical from the music industry, with Ash Geary on guitar and vocals, Paul Hawker on bass guitar and Chris Dixon on drums. The band released a debut album, For Your Love, on I-94 Bar Records in 2009, then toured the east coast of Australia in 2010.

In 2011 the "classic" line-up of the Screaming Tribesmen re-formed to play dates on the east coast of Australia and release re-mastered version of their classic recordings Date with a Vampyre, Top of the Town and Bones and Flowers.

On 30 March 2015 he was awarded the prestigious GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Queensland Music Awards.


  1. ^ a b Mc Farlane, 1999, 'Screaming Tribesmen' entry.
  2. ^ "Search results for "Stand Alone"". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Screaming Tribesmen". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  4. ^ ""I Got a Feeling" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Screaming Tribesmen > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2010.