Sunday, November 24, 2013
Medium Medium – The Glitterhouse
Medium Medium – The Glitterhouse
Label: Music-Box – B RED 19
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: New Wave, P.Funk, Pop Rock, Funk, Experimental
Year: 1981 [from discogs]
Hungry So Angry 3:54
Serbian Village 4:47
The Glitterhouse 2:11
Guru Maharaj Ji 8:48
Further Than Funk Dream 5:56
Mice Or Monsters 5:40
That Haiku 5:44
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Post-punk/funk pioneers Medium Medium have reformed. Best known for "Hungry, So Angry," the 1981 dance club hit that paved the way for the current new wave of early 1980s-influenced bands, Medium Medium is working to put together a series of special reunion shows before the end of 2004
Formed in Nottingham, England just one year after the Sex Pistols' last show, Medium Medium's self-styled "extreme dance music" and "searing Zen funk" merged dance rhythms and staccato guitar with squawking sax and found sounds to create a "free-blown dubbed-up white funk" (NME) that positioned the band "at the forefront of the post punk funk movement" (Cashbox).
In February 1981, Medium Medium signed to Cherry Red and released "Hungry, So Angry," the band's second single. Dave Henderson (Sound International) wrote prophetically, "It could be one of the most important records of the type to emerge this year and will doubtlessly be revered as a classic after the group have long since departed." At the end of the year, influential music critic Robert Christgau (Village Voice) included "Hungry, So Angry" in his "Dean's List" of top singles for 1981.
The band released one studio album, The Glitterhouse, in late 1981. Its stark, stripped-down dub and dance rhythms and chiming, funk guitar with occasional saxophone and other sounds, failed to attract a large following.
John Rees Lewis, the lead singer and saxophone player, left at the start of 1982 to form C Cat Trance with the original drummer Nigel Stone, who had left shortly before the release of "Hungry, So Angry". The remaining members, Andy Ryder (guitar/vocals), Alan Turton (bass guitar), Graham Spink (offstage special sounds) and the replacement drummer Steve Harvey, continued to tour and were later augmented by, first, Leslie Joachim Barrett (guitar/keyboards), then Julie Wood (keyboards). Forays into a fuller, more produced sound failed to earn the band a new record deal and Medium Medium split up in late 1983.
Inspired by a Cherry Red retrospective CD release in 2001 and the subsequent dance-punk revival, Medium Medium reformed in late 2004 for several live shows, including a showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. No longer a full-time venture, the band has stated plans to continue to write, record and perform. [wiki]
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Στην λίστα με τα πιο αγαπημένα μου άλμπουμς αυτό των Medium Medium.
Βέβαια, ο ήχος δεν είναι και ο καλύτερος, βλέπε και τα περισσότερα της Music Box τότε, αλλά και ο δίσκος πολυπαιγμένος, σκρατς θα βρείτε , ιδιαίτερα στο τέλος της 2ης πλευράς, αλλά το περιεχόμενο είναι αυτό που μετράει τελικά.
Δεν είναι μόνο το "hit" Hungry So Angry αλλά και όλα τα άλλα κομμάτια που λένε..Ακούστε το σχεδόν 9λεπτο Guru Maharaj Ji ή το Mice Or Monsters για να δείτε το μέγεθος και την αξία τους.Ήδη το έγραψα σε cd και το ακούω συνέχεια.
Εύχομαι να σας αρέσει ...
Να ευχηθώ καλό χειμώνα σε όλους.
Υ.Γ. Στο blog Ten Thousand Eyes θα βρείτε εδώ το 12ινσο τους Splendid Isolation.