To me, Cleveland, Ohio, circa the 80’s through the early 90’s, was a very underrated time in that it cranked out many acts that have yielded great power. It brought us the raw sounds of The Pagans (in the late 70’s) the pure aggression of Starvation Army , the thunderous rock of Prisonshake, the catchiness of The Mice, and all the way to the classy stage presence of The Revelers. The underlying subgenre of music that was always within reach in the Northeastern Ohio area, was powerpop, all things jangly, and all things good –heartbreak-songs-that-hit –home.
One of those bands which really hit home for me was Paranoid Lovesick and Medicine Men (later known as Medicine Show). The two bands have a wonderful, inspiring story packed with clever songwriting and infectious hooks. I remember the excitement of finding a copy of Medicine Show’s 1994 CD full-length “Welcome To The Show,” at the used bin. Just the coolness of songs like “Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out,” “Lucky The Dog” “Wait For You,” and “Swirl,” just capture the perfect essence of a fun neo-psychedelic powerpop gem, with a nice trippy humorous touch. Paranoid Lovesick had some powerful stompers including, “Universal Boat,” “Marginalia,” “Postman Bob” and an awesome cover of Badfinger’s 1973 gem, “Icicles.” This cover appears on the Copper Music Badfinger Tribute compilation, “Come And Get It: A Tribute To Badfinger” (1995).
In 2012, Paranoid Lovesick was included in writer and musician, Joe Oestreich’s book , “Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll. Oestreich is a good friend of the band and plays bass in the Columbus, Ohio Powerpop band, Watershed. Like Paranoid Lovesick and Medicine Show, Watershed has also played Cedars Lounge numerous times. In fact, their recent Youngstown performance was at Cedars Lounge in June 2012.