Swans (US art rock/post punk band)

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Swans (/swɒnz/) is an American experimental rock band originally active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. The band was one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade. Formed by Gira in 1982, Swans employed a shifting lineup of musicians until their dissolution in 1997. Besides Gira, the only other constant members were keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Jarboe from 1984 to 1997, and semi-constant guitarist Norman Westberg. The band became known for its experimental instrumentation and repetitive song structures. In 2010 Gira reformed Swans without Jarboe.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Filth 4.5 7
1984 Cop 5 1
1986 Greed 4 3
1986 Holy Money 4 3
1987 Children of God 5 6
1989 The Burning World 4.5 3
1991 Body to Body, Job to Job 4.5 2
1991 White Light From the Mouth of Infinity 5 3
1992 Love of Life 4.5 2
1995 The Great Annihilator 4 2
1996 Soundtracks for the Blind 5 3
2010 My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky 4.5 2
2012 The Seer 3.5 3
2014 To Be Kind 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Cop / Young God 5 2
1992 Greed / Holy Money 4.5 2
1997 Children of God / World of Skin 5 4
1999 Cop / Young God / Greed / Holy Money 5 3
1999 Various Failures 1988-1992 5 1
2000 Filth / Body to Body, Job to Job 5 1
2003 Forever Burned 5 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Public Castration Is a Good Idea 4 2
1987 Feel Good Now 4 2
1990 Anonymous Bodies in an Empty Room 4 2
1992 Omniscience 4.5 1
1995 Kill the Child: 1985/1986/1987 Live 4 2
1996 Real Love 4 1
1998 Swans Are Dead 5 2
2012 We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head 2
2013 Not Here / Not Now 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 A Screw 2
1986 Time Is Money (Bastard) 2
1987 New Mind 1
1988 Love Will Tear Us Apart 3
1989 Can't Find My Way Home 4
1989 Saved 3
1992 Love of Life 1
1992 Love of Life / Amnesia 2
1994 Celebrity Lifestyle 1
1996 Failure / Animus 1
1997 I Am the Sun 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Swans 4 2
1984 Young God 5 2
1996 Die Tür ist zu 5 1
2014 Oxygen 1

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