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Trip to Marineville

By: Swell Maps

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One of the finest purveyors of punk's DIY philosophy, England's Swell Maps made gleefully shambolic three-minute punk blasts that paid little mind, thankfully, to proficiency and focused almost entirely on spirit. The group also had a pronounced experimental side; however, it was less a product of art concepts and more a reflection of the band's dismissive attitude toward being confined to any one sound or approach. The band released records on its own Rather label as well as the legendary Rough Trade before calling it quits in 1980. Both Epic Soundtracks and Nikki Sudden had respectable solo careers prior to their deaths in 1997 and 2006, respectively .

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1   H.S. Art Buy Buy
2   Another Song Buy Buy
3   Vertical Slum Buy Buy
4   Spitfire Parade Buy Buy
5   Harmony In Your Bathroom Buy Buy
6   Don't Throw Astrays at Me! Buy Buy
7   Midget Submarine Buy Buy
8   Bridge Head (Pt. 9) Buy Buy
9   Full Moon in My Pocket Buy Buy
10   Blam!! Buy Buy
11   Full Moon (Reprise) Buy Buy
12   Gunboats Buy Buy
13   Adventuring Into Basketry Buy Buy
14   My Lil' Shoppes 'round the Corner Buy Buy
15   Loin of the Surf Buy Buy
16   Doctor At Cake Buy Buy
17   Steven Does Buy Buy
18   Bronze and Baby Shoes Buy Buy

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Noisy and experimental, Britain's Swell Maps experienced little commercial success during the course of their chaotic career, but in hindsight they stand as one of the pivotal acts of the new wave: not only was the group an acknowledged inspiration to the likes of Sonic Youth and Pavement, but their alumni – most notably brothers Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks – continued on as key players in the underground music community.

Although Sudden (vocals/guitar) and Soundtracks (piano/drums) formed the first incarnation of the Swell Maps as far back as 1972, the group did not begin to truly take shape until 1976, when the siblings enlisted bassist Jowe Head and guitarist Richard Earl. In the spirit of punk's "do-it-yourself" mentality, they formed their own label, Rather Records, and issued their debut single – the brief, jarring Read About Seymour – in the early weeks of 1978. Local media support soon won the group a distribution pact with – but they did not resurface until over a year later with the single Dresden Style.

In mid-1979, the Swell Maps released their full-length debut A Trip To Marineville, a crazy quilt of punk energy and Krautrock-influenced clatter. After the release of the speaker-shredding single "Let's Build A Car," the group recorded one final studio LP, Jane From Occupied Europe, before breaking up. Each of the members followed their own career paths, playing solo and forming bands: Sudden formed the Jacobites, Soundtracks joined Crime & The City Solution and Head played with the Television Personalities.

Each disc contains bonus tracks not available on previous versions of these albums.

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