YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: Are you serious?
SINGLES: None, but the EP Swans is appended.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Um….
LINEUP: Michael Gira, Jonathan Kane, Roli Mosimann, Norman Westberg, Harry Crosby
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pummeling your senses into oblivion.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I’ve had issues in adding some really out there and art damaged records to my catalog (See Throbbing Gristle, Einstruzende Neubauten, Foetus, etc. on Ugggh!) but Swans makes the cut, even though it is also grimly difficult and damaged.
Michael Gira and his band of noise terrorists do have song structures, and even songs that you can move a bit too. What they also have is a holy clatter and noise made by two drummers, two bassists, and a guitarist interested in making sheets of noise. Gira sings, er, shouts his tales of degradation and real-life horror. The effect is heightened by the use of repetition in both music and lyrics.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Michael Gira said he wanted the music to obliterate, just because it felt good. Mission accomplished.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Several different packages, and some have their debut EP along with this album
GRADE B+: I get this, not that I’m going to put it on to cook dinner (unless I have to tenderize something with a mallet).