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Fugazi is a band from Washington, D.C. They played their first show on September 3, 1987 and since then they have released seven albums and toured the world extensively covering all fifty United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Japan and many points in between. The band is self managed and release all their material through Dischord Records.

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Red Medicine [VINYL] + In On The Killtaker + Repeater + 3 Songs
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  • Vinyl (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000000JPO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do You Like Me
2. Bed for the Scraping
3. Latest Disgrace
4. Birthday Pony
5. Forensic Scene
6. Combination Lock
7. Fell, Destroyed
8. By You
9. Version
10. Target
11. Back to Base
12. Downed City
13. Long Distance Runner

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Retreating from the skinned-knee production values of In on the Kill Taker, Red Medicine packs more rhythmic punch and shows more range. With more drive and playful goings-on, the arrangements sound much looser than on Kill Taker, while remaining just as gut-kicking and brainy. The experimentation, which adds liveliness, doesn't sound measured. Even Joe Lally is allowed to sing, and it just happens to be one of the best songs on the record. Running against the theory that Fugazi is a pack of killjoys, numerous instances pop up where the band's twisted sense of humor is apparent. The sinister ha-has that open "Birthday Pony," the android sample in the pleasant (!) instrumental "Combination Lock," and random piano plinks all manage to find a welcome place. But the most uncharacteristic track is the "Blade Runner in Kingston" slo-mo instrumental "Version," featuring clarinet skronks, dubwise rhythm, incidental zaps, and -- get this -- no guitars. Picciotto declares in the immediately following "Target" that he hates the sound of guitars. What gives? It's clearly a rumination against corporate America's capitalization/bastardization of "punk" aesthetics. If anyone had the right to comment, it was Fugazi. "Back to Base" and "Downed City" (another dubby intro here) return to more standard issue, hardcore roots Fugazi, full of the soaring guitars that the band is most known for. Closing out the nearly flawless second side is yet another contemplative exit track, "Long Distance Runner." Acting as a daily affirmation of sorts to combat lethargy, MacKaye opines, "If I stop to catch my breath/I might catch a piece of death.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 1 Mar. 2004
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1995's Red Medicine remains one of my favourite Fugazi albums alongside Repeater (1990) & The Argument (2001); though to be fair, I like them all. People seem to state that fans of Fugazi/Margin Walker/Steady Diet of Nothing - Fugazi tuned out here. I think that's overstating it- as tracks like Bed for the Scraping, Back to Base, & Downed City are as intense as any earlier Fugazi track. & Red Medicine did see the band making almost funky-instrumentals with a track like Combination Lock- but didn't 1993's In On the Killtaker contain similar instrumentals (Sweet & Low? & didn't 1990's Repeater/Song#1 also have similar instrumentals? (Brendan#1, Joe#1). The change isn't that pronounced- & several times I've seen them live and Do You Like Me has gone down as well as an early classic like Waiting Room...
Red Medicine advanced on the post-punk/post-rock stylings of Fugazi- it's surprising how complex and tight these songs are & like earlier material, there's a definite pop-sensibility here (Fugazi aren't afraid of tunes- as much as I admire Minor Threat, Fugazi are more the real deal for me). Listening to Red Medicine it's easy to see where all that EMO-stuff came from (as well as preceding bands to Fugazi like Embrace & Rites of Spring), as well as the briefly hyped precursor to The Mars Volta, At the Drive In.
Fugazi are expanding their sound here- Latest Disgrace is them in epic-mode, throbbing & building on waves of guitars; Birthday Pony is an almost funky slowburner, moving from a piano-introduction to an angular guitar-assault. Even better are the quieter songs like Forensic Scene and By You, which show that Fugazi could easily hold ground with a band like Slint. There is much tuneful here, I don't see why they should apologise for that- Combination Lock, Target & opener Do You Like Me?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2000
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Fugazi. Everyone's heard OF them, but not the material itself. Which is a great shame, because they are one of a few bands who release consistantly great music - and Red Medicine is no exception. While it was shunned by fans of their eariler releases (13 Songs, Repeater and Steady Diet of Nothing), Red Medicine took up the fast-paced hardcore sound where 'In on the killtaker' left off - and then shook it around. Some people call it experimental, but I don't think the assorted odd noises between tracks really warrants that. But it is DIFFERENT - in a good way. The use of two lead guitars is definately apparent, as are the continuing contrasts between Mackaye and Picciotto's, shall we say, 'unique' vocal techniques. I.e, not running to the same concepts of "being in the right key" as many other musicians. But don't let that put you off... if Fugzi were regular rock types, then they wouldn't be this prolific.
A great album with plenty of depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2001
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It's true that many fans didn't like this album (especially when it was released) but don't let this mislead you - by a narrow margin this is Fugazi at their best. Taking post-hardcore to a new level of complexity and subtlety this album definitely rewards repeated listening. In a musical climate where it is difficult to find honesty and a genuine love for music Fugazi stand head and shoulders above the rest.
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it seems a long time ago now. but american hardcore was what most british indie kids listened to in the late 80s early 90s.the british indie scene was doing fine to.it was like golden age of ingenious talented bands.but then some english pop bands became very angery at the nasty talented american indie hard bands and there horrible british indie freinds.and invented a style called brit pop which basicly pretended it was 1963 again or there abouts and that you minmicked bands from that era.even dressed like them.and copied ther music it was a dream for the record compaines selling the past again?.do me a favore listen blur oasis primal scream elastica echo belly ect ect.them listen to fugazi big black black flag minute men circle jerks husker do bad brains mudhoney ect ect.and see who you think you prefer.you might be surprised youl certianly broaden you horrisions.it wont hurt you.and you see why many music lovers regard brit pop as a disaster for british music that retarded it .and sent us back 40 years in to the past.so i highly recomend this album or any fugazi music or any of the american indie/hardcore bands or even there british counter parts. to refresh your jaded palat.please enjoy find insperation.think for yourself.explore music that was made before the compusery perchase order was issued.thanks
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