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King Swamp - Blown Away

A bunch of us in sixth form really got into a fairly unknown band called 'King Swamp'. The Common Room stereo was continually hi-jacked by us anyway and King Swamp got probably more than it's fair share for a while. They were fantastic live but sadly didn't make it past their second album.

I found the first, self-titled, King Swamp album on vinyl in the late 90's (I only ever had it on cassette and lost it many years ago) and found a copy on CD yesterday which should be winging its way to me in the next week or two.

Listening to the blow track, Blown Away, reminds me slightly of INXS - who were also pretty popular in our sixth form and drinking circles at the time.

Anyway, I just found a King Swamp video on Youtube for the first time. It's not a great quality recording having been taken from the TV back in 1989 I believe. But it gives you an idea of what they were like. Now all I have to do is find some Ugle As Sin and InAura videos...

King Swamp - Blown Away



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Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
King Swamp contained a fair number of ex-Shriekback people...the band formed when Dave Allen (bass) and Steve Halliwell (keyboards)left Shriekback in 1988 or thereabouts, and then, when Shriekback disbanded a bit later, ex-Shrieks Martyn Barker (drums) and Mike Cozzi (guitar) also joined.

I was always a bit disappointed that King Swamp didn't sound more...well, more like Shriekback, although I realise that's an illogical view. The whole point of the band was to do something different, something that stood a chance of commercial success, after all parties had more or less bumped their heads on the alternative ceiling. And yet there's still a touch of Shriek-ness about the rhythms. It's as if Shriekback ditched 'weird' in favour of 'rock'.

Curiously enough, the two Shriekback frontmen, Barry Andrews and Carl Marsh, both struck out in similar directions. Carl Marsh made a solo album ('Too Much Fun') which features all the King Swamp/Shriekback crew, and sounds very much like a de-weirded, INXS-ish Shriekback. There's a video of his single Here Comes The Crush here.

Meanwhile Barry Andrews formed a band called Illuminati with Jon Klein (of the Banshees) which never got past the demo stage. But the demos were released via the Shriekback website a while back, and they're pretty good in a rousing powerpop way. Barry Andrews writes some amusing sleeve notes which explain the idea behind the band (No more weird already! Let's have hits!) and the complete indifference of the music biz to his efforts.

It's interesting that most of these people gravitated back to Shriekback in the end. Once a bunch of alternative weirdos, always a bunch of alternative weirdos!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Just listened to Shriekbacks "Nemesis" for the first time in years because of your reply. Blimey, does that bring back memories or what! :p

Didn't know the King Swamp - Shriekback link. Cheers for the background.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
I also seemed to have just brought their Oil & Gold CD off Amazon. Whoops :p
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
I'll be contacting Shriekback for my 10% commission!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Get Jam Science next and I can claim my percentage too!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
They were bloody good live as I recall. Second time I saw them, Dominic Allen had left (eventually to play with Sting) so they'd drafted Cozzi in from Shriekback. With Barry Andrews stood next to me heckling them that meant 5 Shrieks in the room.. :-)

Impressed to find them on CD, but if you can lay hands on their second album in ANY format, I'll be really impressed!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Dominic Miller, not Allen...

Me: pillock.
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