Swans (US art rock/post punk band)

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Swans () are an American experimental rock band formed in 1982 by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. One of few acts to emerge from the New York City-based no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade, Swans have become recognized for an ever-changing sound, exploring genres such as noise rock, post-punk, industrial and post-rock. Initially, their music was known for its sonic brutality and misanthropic lyrics. Following the addition of singer, songwriter and keyboardist Jarboe, who first appeared on the 1986 single "Time Is Money (Bastard)" and debuted as a songwriter on the 1987 album Children of God, Swans began to incorporate more melody and intricacy into their music. Jarboe remained the band's only constant member except Gira and semi-constant guitarist Norman Westberg until their dissolution in 1997.

Since 1990, all Swans records have been released through Gira's own label, Young God Records. In 2010, Gira re-formed the band without Jarboe, establishing a stable lineup of musicians which has toured worldwide and released several albums to critical acclaim. This iteration of the group performed its last shows in November 2017, ending the tour in support of its final album The Glowing Man. Currently, Gira plans to reinvent Swans "with a revolving cast of contributors".

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Filth 4 8
1984 Cop 4.65 1
1986 Greed 4 4
1986 Holy Money 3.65 4
1987 Children of God 4.35 6
1989 The Burning World 4.5 5
1991 White Light From the Mouth of Infinity 4.35 5
1992 Love of Life 3.65 4
1994 The Great Annihilator 3.75 5
1996 Soundtracks for the Blind 4.75 3
2010 My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky 3.65 2
2012 The Seer 4.2 5
2014 To Be Kind 5 7
2016 The Glowing Man 5 4
2018 Soundtracks For The Blind / Die Tür Ist Zu 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Body to Body, Job to Job 4.5 2
1992 Cop / Young God 5 3
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 2
2003 Forever Burned 5 1
2015 Holy Money / A Screw 1
2015 White Light From the Mouth of Infinity / Love of Life 1
2017 The Great Annihilator / Drainland 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 2
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 4 2
2013 Not Here / Not Now 1
2015 The Gate 4 1
2017 Deliquescence 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Time Is Money (Bastard) 2
1987 New Mind 1
1988 Love Will Tear Us Apart 4
1989 Can’t Find My Way Home 4
1989 Saved 3
1992 Love of Life 3
1994 Celebrity Lifestyle / Mother/Father 1
1996 Failure / Animus 1
1997 I Am the Sun 1
2014 A Little God in My Hands 1
2014 Oxygen 3
2017 Mind/Body/Light/Sound 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Swans 4 2
1984 Young God 5 2
1986 A Screw 2
1996 Die Tür ist zu 5 3

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