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Emmet Swimming (who write their name as "emmet swimming") is a rock band from Fairfax, Virginia that was formed in 1990 at George Mason University. The band's name is a misspelled reference to Emmett Till, who died after being shot and thrown into a river. "The idea of the name was basically that a 14-year-old boy should be swimming in the river, not dying in it," said singer/founder Todd Watts. "Emmet Swimming" is also the name of an early song the band wrote.

They are known for their extensive touring. Regularly sold-out performances at the Fairfax live-music staples Planet NOVA, TT Reynolds and Fat Tuesday's drew major record label attention and the band continuously toured for over seven years, performing 200–300 shows per year. They played on the 1998 H.O.R.D.E. tour, and have also played and toured with Dave Matthews Band and Barenaked Ladies.

They still regularly play venues such as the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and Ned Devine's in Herndon, Virginia. They have a large following of loyal fans who pack the house for their shows. The band has sold over 100,000 albums and has been nominated for 14 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES).

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Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Dark When the Snow Falls 1
1994 Wake (original Screaming Goddess release) 1
1995 Wake (Epic re-release) 1
1996 Arlington to Boston 1
1998 Big Night Without You 2
2013 This Kid Walks Into a Bar... 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Ear Plugs 50¢ 1


Year Title RatingReleases
Bathing in the New Economy EP 1

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