From the Vaults: Mega City Four

January 21st, 2010 by

No particular reason why I chose this 1988 single from the UK’s Mega City Four for this weeks’ From The Vaults post, aside from the fact that it’s a great melodic punk record — and while not necessarily obscure, the band might be unknown to some readers of MRR. In fact, I’m not all that familiar with the Mega City Four myself. I do know this is their first proper release, and there were a lot more to follow; from what I’ve heard of their later stuff, it’s even more in a pop direction.

Anyway, Miles Apart/Running in Darkness is a very cool little single, and any fan of late-’80s melodic punk bands from the UK should give it a listen. To my ears, it’s got more of a Stiff Little Fingers feel than, say, Leatherface, who were heavily influenced by Hüsker Dü. But what do I know? Check it out for yourself:

1. Miles Apart
2. Running in Darkness

Sadly, frontman Darren “Wiz” Brown passed away in 2006. Here’s a link to an unofficial (but very comprehensive) Mega City Four webpage:

7 responses to “From the Vaults: Mega City Four”

22 01 2010
Blair (06:09:35) :

Thanks Heaps, had this song stuck in my head for dayz

22 01 2010
Daniel (06:56:21) :

Great post! I remember reading somewhere, though, that Frankie Stubbs didn’t hear Husker Du until like the late 90s, and when he did his reaction was something akin to “wow, we DO sound a lot like them.”

24 01 2010
DeepSleep (14:40:15) :

So glad to see MC4 getting some attention, all the DS members are die hard fans and have been collecting records and shirts for years. Right before he passed away Wiz came through the east coast with his new band Ipanema and I have to say he was one of the kindest and most inspiring people I have ever met. Thanks for spreading the word!

25 01 2010
scott (11:32:51) :

Their first LP, “Tranzophobia,” is even better than these two tracks – nearly every song on the record in fact is great.

26 01 2010
sassicaia molotov (12:56:00) :

I didn’t knew about Wiz, what a sad thing.
The single was really one of my faves at the times, though I’m not a huge melodic punk fan, but the kids had talent. Then I found both songs in their “Terribly sorry Bob” CD and who appreciate the single should give it a listen.
Greetings from Italy.

28 01 2010
Chairman Ralph (21:27:53) :

Having been in a band that’s covered the odd MC4 song or two (“New Year’s Day”), I’m well aware of their power…kudos for posting these.

31 01 2010
jeffen (06:46:03) :

Thanks for the MC4.
If anyone wants to hear more of the (out-of-print) stuff go here:

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