So Angry is getting yet another compilation release. Cherry Red Records
is releasing a massive box set that includes the first 61 singles--A-sides
and B-sides--from the label. Hungry..., the label's nineteenth single
release, came out in early 1981. The box set, comprising eight discs and 185
tracks, commemorates Cherry Red's 30th anniversary.
By coincidence, Medium Medium's 30th anniversary is coming up in
January 2009. We've started planning a few live dates in Europe at the
beginning of summer to mark the occasion. Stay tuned...
1981 promotional video of "Hungry, So Angry" is included on the DVD
accompanying the "Pillows
& Prayers - Cherry Red Records 1981-1984" 3-CD,
25th anniversary box set, set for release January 8, 2008. We have also
learned that another Cherry Red box set is scheduled for later in the year
which will also include "Hungry, So Angry." Stay tuned for more details.
Ogg included Medium Medium in "No
More Heroes," his complete history of UK punk, 1976-1980. Alex writes:
"Medium Medium occupied similar post-punk territory to the Pop Group, Gang
Of Four, etc, though operating out of
Nottingham meant they never quite registered on the post-punk radar to the
same extent as those peers. This fact has not been rectified in either Simon
Reynolds' Rip It Up And Start Again or genre surveys such as In The
Beginning There Was Rhythm. Yet their 'extreme dance music' (or 'free-blown
dubbed-up white funk' according to the NME) shared similar punk roots, was
aimed similarly at the dancefloor as well as the intellect, and produced one
bona fide era classic, 'Hungry, So Angry'."
What's old is new again with the latest release on the
Supersound label of "Hungry,
So Angry" on limited edition 12-inch vinyl. It's nice to have the version
from the "Live in Holland" album out there for the first time, even though
it may not be entirely official. Available from DJ specialist outlets
worldwide since late February, this version was recorded at an outdoor radio
broadcast show in southern Holland in June 1982 by a lineup that comprised
Andy, Alan, Les and Steve. It's described as "tighter, funkier and sharper"
than the original 1981 single and LP versions by the label, which
specializes in releasing dance music gems of past years, apparently.
||The entire 15-song "Hungry, So Angry" retrospective
collection from 2001 is
now available through
courtesy Cherry Red. The promotional video of
the single that was included on the enhanced CD version isn't available but,
hey, there's always YouTube. Anybody who prefers their music downloads to be
unencumbered by digital rights management can head over to
Cherry Red for unrestricted MP3 versions.
||We recently discovered an article in an online archive by
Mick Sinclair, former music journalist for the now defunct UK weekly, Sounds.
Mick accompanied us on a short Dutch tour and captured what the band was all
about in a story that ran in December 1981:
"For MM, each board-treading is vital. Not in the commercial give-'em-a-good-time-so-they-buy-the-record
sense but as a channel to unleash their pent-up energies and emotions.
Anything less than a hundred percent commitment is considered a failure..."
"In the flesh and on a good night, MM are so hot they scorch the ears, so
danceable they blister the feet and can display such a masterful grasp of
atmospherics and pacing...that the hairs on the back of the average neck
stand to rapt attention."
Read the full article here
It takes a Village to
record a new release...
Medium Medium have
started on the road to the band's first new
studio release since 1981 with tracking
The Village Recorder in W. Los Angeles.
We have loads of people to thank for making
the recording sessions go smoothly and sound
great, including: Jeff Greenberg and the
hard-working staff at The Village; our
engineer and co-producer, Michael Frondelli;
engineer and Pro Tools wizard, Jim Monti;
Brian Maguire, for the Fender Princeton and
black-face Tremolux guitar amps; Dave Lewty
and American Sound & Music, for the Mark
Bass gear; Josh Thomas and Rupert Neve
Designs, for the Portico modules; Peter
Chaikin and JBL Pro, for the LSR6328
monitors; Ed Simeone, for the TC Electronic
System 6000; and Doug Osborne and
Martinsound, for the MSS-10 mic preamps and
MSS-01 DI box.
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All 15 tracks from the retrospective
"Hungry, So Angry" CD,
released in 2001
on Cherry Red Records, are now available for download from
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Rug, a DJ at the Rose Bonbon club in Paris for many years during the
1980s, has posted a podcast that features "Mice Or Monsters."
"Oink! - White Funk Alternatives and Other Post-Punk Obscurarities Vol.1"
available for free download at the Paris DJs web site. According to Erik,
Vol. 2, coming soon, will include "Serbian Village."
Download the podcast
"I Can't Live Without My Radio" The latest trend-setting mix CD by DJ Morpheus, also known as Samy
of the band Minimal Compact, SSR Records and the legendary Freeform club
events, includes "Hungry, So Angry." DJ Morpheus regularly spins at the top
clubs around the world and has also worked with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Giorgio
Armani and Mercedez Benz. The full track listing includes Jeff and Jane
Hudson, The Residents, Virgin Prunes, Medium Medium, Love & Rockets, Heaven
17, Shriekback, That Petrol Emotion, Head, World Domination Enterprises,
Timezone (feat. John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa), Age of Chance, The Thrill
Kill Kult, Taboo, 400 Blows vs. 23 Skidoo, and Einsturzende Neubauten.
"Hungry, So Angry" is included on the free compilation CD -- "Made in Britain:
The Sound of a New England 1977-1983" -- on the cover of the
October 2005 issue of MOJO magazine.
Inside, CD compilers Dave Henderson, MOJO editor-in-chief Phil Alexander and Nardia Plumridge write:
"One of the most effective and fluid pieces of post-punk, Hungry, So Angry became a
trans-Atlantic club hit in the early '80s. Twenty-five years on, its
bubbling bass, stripped-down drum sound, irrestible scratch-funk guitar and
chanted vocals make it the best track the Talking Heads never recorded. The
fact that the Nottingham outfit re-formed last year to play a US music
convention suggests an ESG-styled reappraisal may be on the cards."
||A live performance of "Serbian Village" from Medium Medium's
2004 CMJ showcase at the Knitting Factory in New York aired on a CMJ special
on NYC TV's "New
York Noise" music show. The flagship channel of the newly formed NYC
Media Group, NYC TV 25 features content highlighting New York City
lifestyle, culture and history.
Episode 18: CMJ Music Festival
Shot from NYC's CMJ Music Festival this episode brings you super-hot
exclusive footage of the finest caliber! This includes performances recorded
live at CMJ from Midlake, The Russian Futurists, Poingly, Br. Danielson
feat. Sufjan Stevens, The Organ, Parker and Lily, and our favorite preteen
girl band, Smoosh. Hear from Chris White of CMJ network about the history of
CMJ and how the festival is put together. Plus music videos by bands who
performed there, including Human Television, The Dears, Palomar, The High
Strung, Adem, The Wrens, Medium Medium as shot by Joly of
Punkcast.com, and more!
Premiered February 15th, 2005
||Medium Medium has been confirmed as the opening act for an
all-ages show at The El Rey Theater in Los
Angeles by Moving Units on Thursday, December
16. Tickets are available now for $18.50 (inc. service charge)
from The El Rey
or through Ticketmaster
Medium Medium's 2004 CMJ showcase at the Knitting
Factory in New York was documented by guerrilla videographer and fellow
English expat Joly MacFie
for his punkcast.com website. Joly has posted
"Serbian Village" from Punkcast #593
for streaming or download and has made a Video CD of the entire 8-song set
available for just $4 (inc. domestic shipping) or $5 (foreign). Set list:
"Further Than Funk Dream," "Nadsat Dream,"
"Serbian Village," "Mice Or Monsters," "7th
Floor," "Them Or Me," "Hungry, So Angry," and the
encore, "Guru Maharaji."
||Medium Medium are enjoying their third compilation release
this year. "How to Kill the DJ (Part 2)," the much anticipated
debut mix CD from Scotland's Optimo
DJs -- JD Twitch and JG Wilkes -- has finally been released in Europe on Tigersushi
Records. A 75-minute slice of a typical night at the Optimo club in
Glasgow, it includes Twitch's
mix of "Hungry, So Angry" with Chromeo's "Destination:
Overdrive (DFA Dub)." The track will also be included on a limited
edition, gatefold, multi-disc vinyl version timed to coincide with the
CD's U.K. release in January 2005. |
||Headman, the Swiss DJ, producer and
artist known to his friends as Robi Insinna, has released a wickedly eclectic mix CD
"Headman Presents Dance Modern"
on Belgium's Eskimo Recordings label, that features
"Mice or Monsters"
as the opening track. A 3-track, limited edition,
12-inch picture disc sampler
of the album features Medium Medium with Rex the Dog and Lene Lovitch. The album also includes cuts
from Franz Ferdinand, Chromeo, Divine, and New Fast Automatic Daffodils.
Robi has been telling interviewers that he included Medium Medium because
the band is one of his favorites of the era and one of his biggest
||Recently reunited, Medium Medium will be returning to the stage for the
first time in 21 years when they play two select shows on the East Coast in
mid-October. The U.K. post-punk/funk pioneers, best known for their
influential dance club hit, "Hungry, So Angry," last played together in June 1983.
Fri, Oct 15, 2004: Plain Parade
at Tritone, Philadelphia, PA
Sat, Oct 16, 2004: 2004 CMJ Music Marathon
showcase at the Knitting Factory
Tap Bar, New York, NY