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crap
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not crap
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it all depends on whether jarboe is on the record
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Total votes : 236

Postby trilonaut on Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:52 pm

placeholder wrote:I voted "it all depends on whether jarboe is on the record", but what I really mean is "it all depends on whether Jarboe is singing". God, I loathe her highschool drama-club theatrics. The song "Hypogirl" alone is almost enough to put me off on Swans, and may have the silliest, yet most irritating vocals I have ever heard.

Swans, though, are still NOT CRAP. I just skip the Jarboe songs.


gira doesn't engage in highschool drama club theatrics? jesus. he's one melodramatic motherfucker. jarboe can really, really sing. i think their version of "cry me a river" which she sings is probably my favorite swans song.
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Postby agent202 on Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:29 pm

SWANS ARE DEAD is one of the best live record ever !

NOT CRAP!!!
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Postby Mama Clortho on Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:06 pm

I once saw Jarboe credited on a record (not swans, I forget who it was) as the weepist. The owner of the record remarked that it was everything I feared and more
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Postby trilonaut on Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:35 pm

what's gira then, the bellowist? the rantist? yes, i do find jarboe's non-swans output disappointing, but she's got a great voice and i think she did some great stuff with the swans.

her album with byla will rule.
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Postby rzs on Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:45 pm

trilonaut wrote: gira doesn't engage in highschool drama club theatrics? jesus.


Angry_Dragon wrote: When they were on tour with Sonic Youth in 83 or around there, in the middle of a song Gira jumps off stage and beats a kid up. He gets back on stage and apologizes to the kid and says I'm sorry, but you were having too much fun.
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Postby trilonaut on Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:14 pm

rzs wrote:
trilonaut wrote: gira doesn't engage in highschool drama club theatrics? jesus.


Angry_Dragon wrote: When they were on tour with Sonic Youth in 83 or around there, in the middle of a song Gira jumps off stage and beats a kid up. He gets back on stage and apologizes to the kid and says I'm sorry, but you were having too much fun.


am i supposed to read that as "yes, he does engage in high school drama club theatrics" or "he's a tough asshole, unlike high school drama club members"?

i'd call that drama club theatrics crossed with jock assholeishness, not exactly a winning combination. funny story, though.
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Postby Ace on Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:36 pm

The live version of "Cop" from Body to Body, Job to Job.




WOW. NOT CRAP.
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Postby Glenn W. Turner on Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:45 pm

Not Crap

I'm partial to the earlier stuff, Filth, Cop, Young God.
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Postby a. james on Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:12 am

not crap.

big waffles for getting tiring very quickly.
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Postby copower on Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:22 am

theres nothing like getting your ass kicked through speakers.

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Postby Heliotropic on Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:45 pm

26 not craps? that's not enough!
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Postby motorbike guy on Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:54 pm

i have not followed them after the first three or rour records. those records are awesome. i stopped listening when they started having acoustic guitars on the records.

in the mid-80s live they were awesome, in the true sense of the word. the crowd i was in was literally awe-struck. (greystone detroit, 86ish) after the first song ended, there was no applause, there was no talking, there was nothing. just sheer wonderment. people actually stood there with their mouths open, gawping. we were blown away. so was the PA. one of most memorable live music experiences I have ever had.
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Postby NerblyBear on Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:14 pm

FILTH is a mindblow, but every single album that followed on its heels is very lame in some way. I guess it's because, when they started out, they had Roli Mossiman fucking up the drumkit and producing their sound. COP is just boring. The same three chords over and over again until you feel like pimp-slapping this douchebag for making such a hideous racket.
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Postby SecondEdition on Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:06 pm

NerblyBear wrote:FILTH is a mindblow, but every single album that followed on its heels is very lame in some way. I guess it's because, when they started out, they had Roli Mossiman fucking up the drumkit and producing their sound. COP is just boring. The same three chords over and over again until you feel like pimp-slapping this douchebag for making such a hideous racket.


Sorry, Nerbly, but I call massive bullshit. Cop is way better than Filth - it's far more intense, not as stupid ("Use hate for freedom!!" from "Power For Power" leaps to mind as an example of lyrical idiocy), the drum sound is UNBELIEVABLE (Nerbly, how could you), and the songs are pure evil.

"Half Life," "Clay Man," "Your Property," and "Cop" all crush anything on Filth - even "Stay Here" and "Thank You," which were two of the early band's greatest jams.
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Postby HOUSTON_M on Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:39 pm

Not Crap.

I'm listening to "Another You" as I type this.
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Postby Red Square on Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:38 am

i'm listening to The Great Annihilator at the moment and before was listening to Filth which i absolutely love...

it's like a really evil factory fabricating pain and slavery...


amazing slave ship drum beats...

not crap...no how no way...
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Postby elmofreech on Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:32 am

Intense stuff. Live version of "The Sound" from Swans are Dead is kicking my ass.
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Postby omaroski on Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:01 am

Not crap, only listened to filth and liked it
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Postby A Landing Craft on Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:59 am

I've only just got round to checking them out. I really love the early 82-84 stuff...not so hot on the later stuff, but still want to track down "Public Castration Is A Good Idea".
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Postby ubercat on Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:41 am

I love all the non-Yoko stuff.
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