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Red Medicine

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Do You Like Me
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Bed for the Scraping
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Latest Disgrace
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Birthday Pony
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Forensic Scene
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Combination Lock
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Fell, Destroyed
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By You
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Version
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Target
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Back to Base
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Downed City
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Long Distance Runner
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 43:43

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Joe Gross

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Joe Gross hails from Falls Church, VA, one of the Chocolate City's most vanilla suburbs. He has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the Washingt...more »

07.27.11
Fugazi, Red Medicine
Label: Dischord Records

Now confident behind the boards, Red Medicine is the first broad expansion of their musical palette. The hard strumming on “Do You Like Me?” almost sounds like furious, heavy…indie pop. (After all, Fugazi had a long fruitful relationship with the Olympia, Washington, scene that’s home to K and Kill Rock Stars.) Guy explores creepy, subtly slinky rhythms on his cuts, while piano, MacKaye’s first instrument, shows up on the intro to the anthemic “Birthday Pony.”… read more »

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keep coming back.

UrbanGardenerSLC

I listened to this album almost daily for years and it was completely revelatory for me. the thing is, I still can revisit it today and find something new in the listening.

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It's not a perfect record...

patrickmjames

...and then again, it is.

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Fugazi's Is Best in Red

DryEraser

I can't decide which I like more, 13 Songs or Red Medicine. In any case, IMHO, those are their best releases and among my most listened to recordings period. Just awesome.

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My Favorite

mfrac

This is the first Fugazi album that I bought, and the songs on the second half of the album (Forensic Scene-->) are the ones that I come back to the most.

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One of the best by Fugazi

Thomas'

Experimental? I didn't realize Fugazi sounded any different than on this record until I heard their other stuff... this was the first album I got by them. Great stuff. Grab the whole album, but for highlights get 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 13.

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my least fav

scorpiusmeow

but it still gets 4 stars. it starts and finishes hard but the middle is, in genereal, boring. experimental, perhaps, but not in the good way. bed for the scraping, target, do you like me... rocks pretty hard, but there are some weak links... such as, by you.

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Best Album

Wittreich

Believe it or not...this is Fugazi's best album. I grew up picking up each album as they released them starting with 13 songs and this is their swan song.

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Polished Cacophany

reefdog

Another reviewer calls this "efficient rock," and that is the perfect term. "Red Medicine" is a jangly cacophany of noises, effects, partial melodies, screamed lyrics, and experimentation, and somehow it all pulls together into a brilliantly-crafted and polished album of post-punk rock that any rock or alternative fan should enjoy. It's not fun, certainly; there's no head-bopping happiness here. But it's interesting, it's insightful, and it fills you with an incredible sense of awe at the sheer energy and bravery behind the music. After "End Hits," this is the best Fugazi album for a curious rock fan to sample.

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"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the start of their indefinite hiatus in 2002, Fugazi kept every promise they ever made. The D.C. supergroup - Dischord Records co-founder and Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye on guitar and vocals, singer/guitarist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty, both… more »

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By Joe Gross, Contributor

"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the start of their indefinite hiatus in 2002, Fugazi kept every promise they ever made. The D.C. supergroup - Dischord Records co-founder and Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye on guitar and vocals, singer/guitarist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty, both… more »

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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.” – Andy Kellman

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