ARTIST: Mission of Burma
TITLE: Signals, Calls and Marches
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: None.
SINGLES: None, it was an EP. The deluxe edition has their famous single Academy Fight Song
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That’s When I Reach for My Revolver
LINEUP: Roger Miller (not the country singer), Peter Prescott, Clint Conley, Martin Swope
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Seminal, influential Boston band’s first recordings turn heads amongst the independent minded musicians.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Announcing their presence with the great “Academy Fight Song / Max Ernst” single, the Mission of Burma followed that up with a six-song EP loaded with great songs. Even though their songs are a little skewed at times – both lyrically and musically, there’s plenty of hooks everywhere so you can sing along, believe it or not.
These six songs cover the gamut, from loud guitar heavy freakouts, to thoughtful discourses on art and armaments. It started quite the stir – being one of the first bands to really put forward a post-punk mentality where the fervor and energy was backed with musicianship and literate lyrics.
There are countless bands influenced by them, and most bands at the time went to Boston to try to get on a show bill with them. Everyone from REM to Pearl Jam to the Foo Fighters have paid tribute to them, and especially this EP.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Take this EP, play it as loud as you can stand, and then double that. That’s how loud they played in concert.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with the aforemented single and two outtakes.
GRADE: A: Modern, independent rock still owes this band a huge debt.