[TypicalGirls] still hungry, still angry: Medium Medium reunites!
mike at appelstein.com
Sun Aug 22 09:44:50 EDT 2004
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PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release
Medium Medium Reunite, Relaunch at CMJ Music Marathon 2004
Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2004) -- Post-punk/funk pioneers Medium Medium
have reformed. Best known for "Hungry, So Angry," the 1981 dance club hit
that helped pave the way for the current new wave of bands influenced and
inspired by the early 1980s, Medium Medium will perform for the first time
in 21 years at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City (October 13-16,
Medium Medium, formed in Nottingham, England only one year after the Sex
Pistols' last show, released "Hungry, So Angry" after signing to Cherry Red
Records in February 1981. The band's groundbreaking second single made
influential Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau's best-of-the-year
'Dean's List,' entered the Billboard Disco Top 50, and "introduced scads of
young bassists to the popping bass line" (Salon.com).
The band's self-styled "extreme dance music" and "searing Zen funk" combined
dance grooves with funky guitar, squawking sax, and found sounds to create a
"free-blown dubbed-up white funk" (NME). The new sound positioned Medium
Medium "at the forefront of the post punk funk movement" (Cashbox).
Whether you call it no wave, neo-dance, death disco, disco punk, or punk
funk, the music continues to influence such bands as The Rapture, Moving
Units, !!!, and Radio 4. As Dan Martino wrote about "Hungry, So Angry" in
the New York Press recently (Aug. 4-10, 2004), "With its disco drums and
horns and screeching, anxiety-attacked vocals, it's obvious it was all done
better the first time around."
Medium Medium's music, included on compilations and playlists for over two
decades, is enjoying renewed club and radio play around the world. In 2001,
Cherry Red released "Hungry, So Angry," a 15-track retrospective, the single
was reissued on a U.K. indie label in January 2004, and, in March 2004,
Coldcut included the single on "Life:Styles," a compilation album of the
U.K. DJ duo's influences. These releases, combined with the emergence of new
punk/funk-inspired bands, have resulted in a resurgence of interest in the
band, culminating in Medium Medium returning once more to the live scene.
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
Images of the 1981 Medium Medium line-up are available for download in high
(300 dpi) and low (72 dpi) resolution versions.
1). MM_NYC_1981: (l-r) John Lewis, Alan Turton, Graham Spink, Steve Harvey,
2). MM_Holland_1981: (l-r) John Lewis, Graham Spink, Alan Turton, Andy
Ryder, Steve Harvey (originally published in 'Sounds,' January 1982).
A sample of "Hungry, So Angry" may be heard at:
Band members are currently available for interviews.
Media Medium PR
2658 Griffith Park Blvd. #334
Los Angeles, CA 90039-2520
E-mail: mediummedium at pacbell.net
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