MEDIA “NO DARLING, I LOVE THE MEDIA” 4-SONG 7″EP (DRAYTON / LEIGH PARK, U.K.- TEARAWAY, 1979)
FEBRUARY 8th UPDATE
Two kind men answered my request and provided me with the 2nd Media 7″ (thanks again!)– see the bottom of this posting. Mr. My Life Is A Jigsaw also passed along a scan of the rare version of the Media EP that has “uncorrected” labels- see below again.
The band hailed from an area that’s about 70 or 80 miles Southwest
of London. The label name, Tearaway, is kinda ironic- the white picture
sleeve appears to be a tearaway of sorts since most copies I’ve seen of it
have ringwear and rumpling. White picture sleeves have long been the bane
of collectors who strive for “NM” across the board in their libraries.
I love homemade artwork and here you get it in spades, both on the front
which I think spoofs those cheesy 70’s ads with couples in them and ‘specially
on the back which is all cool and handwritten.
Posting this record makes me realize that I don’t feature many discs from the UK for some reason. But here is a great one. Three of the four songs from this Media EP has been posted in bits and pieces on other sites over the years but never all four so here you go. Thanks to the kind man who hooked me up with a rip of all four tracks this past summer, which I know see as my summer of acquisition since I was lucky enough to get a lot of discs checked off of my want list.
This Media EP has grown on me over the years and is great combination of melody and power and, most importantly, ENERGY. That is a tough fence to ride many times, as I’ve found too many bands trying to combine these things end up being too melodic for my tastes. All 4 songs on this EP are catchy as hell and there are no clunkers for my ears. Every song has that singalong quality to it, the kind where you throw your arms around your friend’s shoulders and yell some of the lyrics out loud. Even the second track that starts off scaring me that it might be a- yikes!- white boy reggae track with that initial guitar strumming that I hear. But even though it’s my least favorite track on the record, I think they still pull it off OK ‘cuz their energy level is SO HIGH.
My two favorite tracks are the first one, “TV Kids”, and the third one, “Getting High”. They just nail it on these two songs and everything just gels perfectly with this four piece outfit- enthusiastic drumming, great vocals and some good bass playing, especially some nice chunky plucking on “TV Kids”. And some awesome guitar noise- I am a big fan of “chugga chugga” playing and there’s plenty of that during “Getting High”. As well as some high-pitched noise that grabs you right at the beginning of it. And let’s not forget about the last track, “Rose n Crown”, which is slower paced but still very catchy especially when the guitar kicks in at various parts. And it makes good use of some whistling even. Lyrically, this song is the most sophisticated on the EP and I assume refers to the 1974 bombing of the Rose & Crown bar in Belfast in which six people died.
Media released a single a year later, in 1980, the “South Coast Rockers / Back on The Beach Again” 7″ on the Brain Boosters label (great name!).
I have never heard it so I cannot vouch for its quality but the liner notes of a certain comp called it “worthwhile” (not sure how to interpret that, though- does that mearly mean passable or what?!). The Bored Teenagers site said it’s a more Mod influenced record. Would anyone like to share this second 7”? Thanks. [UPDATE: SEE BELOW FOR THIS 2nd 7″]
COLLECTOR SCUM DISCUSSION PARAGRAPH ALERT: There appears to be some dispute over how many copies were pressed- the GREAT Media page on the great Bored Teenagers site ( that has info from former bass player Michael Wichello, by the way) says 500 copies while the equally great Low Down Kids site says 1,500 copies released in July of 1979. However many copies were pressed, I’ll probably never own a copy since they have sold for upwards of $100 on eBay and I don’t like spending that much on records. The other noteworthy stamp collector stat is that the third track (aka Side 2, Track 1) is sometimes referred to as “Getting High (Just For You)”- this is because “Just For You” was originally written on the labels but this was apparently a mistake so most (read: not all) copies have “Just For You” crossed off with a line. If your copy has no cross-out line then Cumstains Over Your Record Collection, mate!
The labels with “Just For You” crossed out
2.8 UPDATE: Thanks to Mr. My Life Is A Jigsaw, here are the
labels WITHOUT the crossout line
Which, to segue, was the name of the 1998 comp that “re-discovered” Media when it included “TV Kids”- “Getting High” was comped later in 1998 on Bloodstains Across The UK #3 which is where I first heard Media since, for some reason, I skipped buying a copy of “Cumstains…” earlier in the year. I bought so many comps back then I guess I was trying to prioritize, if you will, but I think my priorities were wrong since Cumstains had a very cool silkscreened sleeve and was a good un. Oh well, can’t win em all. Like the old store Final Vinyl in NYC used to say:
Never know everything
Never hear everything
Never own everything
Never remember everything”
MEDIA “SOUTH COAST CITY ROCKERS / BACK ON THE BEACH AGAIN” 7″
(BRAIN BOOSTERS, 1980)
Ask and you shall receive! Thanks again to the two great blog commenters who provided this 2nd Media 7″ and all related scans of the sleeve and labels. This follow up to their stupendous EP came out a year later, in 1980. Um, it’s much better than I was expecting it to be. I think the A-side has a great catchy bass line but it has a definite Mod vibe, especially with the guitar strumming (I added that “but” in the above sentence because I am not that much into Mod). The only thing that I really didn’t like in the A-side is the weird electric piano solo in the middle (am I calling that right? It doesn’t sound like an organ to me).
The B-side, “Back On The Beach Again”, is my favorite of the two tracks. It’s got a much punkier vibe and even has some nice “chugga chugga” guitar parts in it, which is always a plus for me. The guitar in general on this tune is much louder and pronounced and had me reaching for the volume button to crank it up. Much closer to something that would have been on their first EP. The only part of the song that confused me is the weird slower break in the middle that has some Mod strumming. It seems a bit out of the place since the rest of the song has louder, meatier guitar playing. But the Mod part in the middle is short and things pick up again after that interlude. And the song is over by the 2:42 mark, just a tad over the “no songs over 2:36 rule” that a wise man came up with about 6(!) years ago on his blog. And the A-side is not oppressively long either- only 3:22!