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Swans

November 27th, 2014

Formed:
1982 in New York, NY

Genre:
Alternative

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






Swans

Biography

Swans were born during the heyday of New York's no wave reaction to punk rock, on the Lower East Side. Led by brainchild, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Michael Gira, the group was formed after the demise of his first New York outfit, Circus Mort. Swans' first lineup consisted of Gira, guitarist Sue Hanel, and drummer Jonathan Kane. The trio played with kindred spirits Sonic Youth and did some rudimentary recordings that showcased the abrasive, percussively assaultive sonics Swans were later identified with. These initial sides surfaced on the Body to Body, Job to Job compilation. A different lineup included Kane, guitarist Bob Pezzola, and Daniel Galli-Duani on saxophone; they released a self-titled EP in 1982. The personnel changed again for the band's powerful debut, Filth, issued in 1983 on Germany's Zensor imprint. It included Gira, Kane, guitarist Norman Westberg, bassist Harry Crosby, and percussionist/drummer Roli Mosimann.

Top Albums


1. Oxygen – EP

2. The Seer

3. To Be Kind

4. Various Fail..

5. Soundtracks ..

6. Children of ..

7. Filth / Body..

8. Cop/Young Go..

9. Swans Are De..

10. Great Annihi..

11. My Father Wi..

12. We Rose From..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

Little God In My Hands To Be Kind 7:08 $1.29
2.

Oxygen (Acoustic) Oxygen – EP 5:44 $0.99
3.

Oxygen (Early Version) Oxygen – EP 4:24 $0.99
4.

Oxygen (Live at Primavera) Oxygen – EP 6:49 $0.99
5.

Center of Your Heart Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:47 $0.99
6.

Still a Child Children of God/World of Sk.. 5:22 $0.99
7.

One Small Sacrifice Children of God/World of Sk.. 6:42 $0.99
8.

Red Rose Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:29 $0.99
9.

24 Hours Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:12 $0.99
10.

Cold Bed Children of God/World of Sk.. 2:24 $0.99
11.

Turn To Stone Children of God/World of Sk.. 5:20 $0.99
12.

My Own Hands Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:38 $0.99
13.

We'll Fall Apart Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:42 $0.99
14.

Nothing Without You Children of God/World of Sk.. 5:43 $0.99
15.

Blood On Your Hands Children of God/World of Sk.. 3:52 $0.99
16.

Breathing Water Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:17 $0.99
17.

Everything At Once Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:21 $0.99
18.

1,000 Years Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:01 $0.99
19.

I'll Swallow You Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:16 $0.99
20.

Children of God Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:22 $0.99
21.

Blind Love Children of God/World of Sk.. 7:44 $0.99
22.

Real Love Children of God/World of Sk.. 6:20 $0.99
23.

Trust Me Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:58 $0.99
24.

Blackmail Children of God/World of Sk.. 3:31 $0.99
25.

Beautiful Child Children of God/World of Sk.. 4:52 $0.99

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