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Oh hi there.
I'm going to see SWANS. Where should I start with... SWANS?
as early Swans and 'today' Swans are very different animals.
I would suggest Body to Body for the early stuff and perhaps White Light from the Mouth of Infinity for 'mid' period and the last couple of albums
They are amazing live
they're such an incredible live act but they improvise a lot and none of their records can really prepare you for them live
has the whole of A Long Screw on there. That's some tough watching
is a pretty good summation of mid-period Swans. The Great Annihilator is a good entry point too.
you'll only get 'the seer' now. rest is new stuff.
so just listen to anything you want
but I think my favourite of their albums is Swans Are Dead.
The Seer is definitely the better of the modern ones.
...the why not listen to their two albums since they resurfaced the other year - of the two, My Father Will Lead Me is an easier starting point than The Seer.
and I wouldn't recommend it. The Seer is almost certainly the best studio representation of what they're like live. Also check out the recent live album, 'Not Here/Not Now'.
Then, maybe 'The Great Annihilator' and 'White Light from the Mouth of Infinity' (which is think is one of the best albums ever made).
White light for best Swans album, the 90's stuff was my kinda thing, haven't liked any of the new stuff.
Saying that, I still have a love for Filth but I have to be in such a bad mood to be able to listen to it.
The Best of The Swans
Some intense industrial-esque stuff reminiscent of early Swans with a lot of melodicism thrown in too.
The 'reformed' albums are really exceptional in many places but tend towards overlong. Which is how I feel about their live performances. Gira has a planet sized ego and is probably a bit of a dick.
I don't know many other artists who make such an effort to go and chat to fans after every single three hour show. I am, admittedly, a fanboy, but he is frequently critical of his own work and comes across in interviews as a thoroughly decent, and almost disquietingly normal, guy. He takes his art seriously and is utterly uncompromising in what he wants to do but don't really see that as evidence that he's a dick or that he has "a planet sized ego". He's not exactly Nick Cave (who I am equally fanboyish about) in that regard.
well he was according to this, ages ago he probably isn't now
"One time I was at Jim Foetus’ house and David Yow from Jesus Lizard was there and so was Mike Gira and I don’t
know what happened but somehow Mike Gira stuck his tongue in David Yow’s mouth and Yow bit on his tongue and wouldn’t let go. He was biting it really hard and when he finally let go Mike Gira was like, “I’m gonna kick your arse.” So everyone was trying to calm things down and saying, “You know, David’s cool and everything,” and Yow goes, “Yeah, I’m a big fan of your band, I like your lyrics, I think they’re funny.” Gira was like, “Funny? My life’s work is funny? Now I’m really gonna kick your arse!” David Yow is a pretty crazy character. Mike Gira, he’s a very smart guy but he acts like such an oaf when he’s drunk. He’ll get drunk and ask my girlfriend to show him her tits."
I really like My Father Will Guide Me A Rope 2 Tha Sky of the new ones
Especially to Jarboe. Hence 'You See Through Me' on the solo album. He's been very open on that. He acted like a complete dick on the final Swans tours. How those shows happened is a mystery because he would just shout at the rest of the band after each and every show, telling them they were worthless, etc. However he's definitely mellowed as a character since then, which I think is made obvious by the fact that the Swans line-up has remained the same since he restarted the project, and despite the obscene amount of touring they have done. He's in a different place now.
Either way, I don't see the fact that Swans do long shows as evidence that he is either egotistical or a dick, as lbc's post implied. Just doesn't strike me that way. Seems pretty down to earth. Maybe I don't want to meet him when he's drunk though...