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Red Medicine


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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Group leader Ian MacKaye has said that Fugazi didn’t really learn to utilize the studio environment until 1995’s Red Medicine, which he counted as his favorite of all the band’s releases. The album was a crossroads for the venerable and extremely diligent D.C.-based post-punk band, as it was positioned between the group's ferocious early years and the more introverted, polished albums Fugazi would make as its members got older. Red Medicine is the point at which the band became more interested in playing in the service of sound. Though it contains a few red-hot rock songs (“Bed for the Scraping,” “Back to Base”), the album is better defined by the textural and atmospheric explorations of “By You,” “Latest Disgrace," and “Birthday Pony.” Jamaican dub music is the album’s shadowy influence, a reference point that becomes overt on the deliciously strange “Version.” Even as the band's self-governance became less defined, Fugazi’s guitar chemistry remained intense: “Combination Lock,” “Fell, Destroyed,” “Target," and “Long Distance Runner” find Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto locked in heated telepathic synergy.

Customer Reviews

I Would Take Red Medicine Even if I Weren't Sick

This is such a great album. Punk, humor, and dizzyness. "Bed For The Scraping" has the coolest guitar part ever. "Birthday Pony" is hilarious for no reason. "Combination Lock" reminds of music you'd hear during a montage in a funny cartoon. "Long Distance Runner" is a progressive angry take on war. The whole album is just cool so go ahead and get it. 5 stars.


This is such an innovative record. It sounds funny at the beginning from the fuzzy noise on "Do you like me", but the 50 seconds of agony is worth it (haha). All the rest of the CD is just plain outstanding. If you are a Fugazi fan, you need this in your collection.

I like how itunes has the album cover upside down

Other than that, it's a super good album. Just fix the cover itunes.


Formed: 1987 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If history is kind to Fugazi, their records won't be overshadowed by their reputation and methods of operation. Instead of being known for their community activism, five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CDs, and resistance to mainstream outlets, they will instead be known for their intelligent songwriting and undeniably proficient musicianship, which drew from their roots in Washington, D.C. hardcore, as well as post-punk and dub reggae....
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