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Jane From Occupied Europe

Swell MapsVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (December 6, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B005VROF30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Definitely Swell Maps with Some Maturity August 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Whatever Amazon say about this CD not being available, they are wrong. Try Rough Trade records in Talbot Road, London. I also got Trip to Marineville there. This is slightly more mature than Trip, but not without those quirky toy-like effects that make Swell the legendary sound they are today. Really cheers you up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunken Treasure December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The 2 brothers (Nikki Sudden & Epic Soundtracks)which founded the group gave such an unconventional spin to what many considered "punk" in the late '70s by adding tape loops, piano, and other assorted items oddly mixed into the Lo Fi aggression of feedback that Sonic Youth has continually saturated their songs with. They actually had a sense of humor accompanied by a bizzare intelligence of the reality of the world (songs like "Let's Build A Car" and "Verticle Slum"). Only other groups near their originality would've been Wire, Gang of Four, Raincoats, or Pere Ubu.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Rock. November 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it seems like every reissue from some obscure band from 1980 seems to get the "gem" 5 star review, but this record is really something special. It is so loosely concocted, but it works incredibly well as a whole or just listening to individual tracks. The looseness seems very natural and unpretentious. Also, the energy of this group is completely contagious. Its an absolute must for anyone into the early eighties British thing but feels like the Fall don't rock hard enough and that Wire are too full of themselves.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious clatter October 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Prior to buying "Jane from Occupied Europe", I owned only their early singles "Read about Seymour" and "Let's Build A Car," which I felt were great songs but I didn't really understand all the critics referring to the band as "avant-garde," as their early singles were pretty straightforward punk - like a louder Fall.

But "Jane from Occupied Europe" is a truly great album, and now I plan to buy "A Trip From Marineville" because I like Swell Maps so much now. Parts of this album actually closely resemble no wave and krautrock, but it all feels much more melodic. Deep below all the feedback and hissing toy symphonies lie some truly excellent and abstract melodies. The energy level remains consistently high and the album is patchy in the best sense - although the songs are not of a consistent style, it all feels like a unified whole, in the same way Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" does.

I'm so glad this was reissued because had it not been available, I probably would not have spent my time and money tracking it down. And I would have missed out on such an excellent album.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars obscure classic. not obscuro, foo. February 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
yes, an obscure classic. buy it, whine about it for ten years, then, like Neu!, these guys will be properly reissued, publicly celebrated, and you'll actually have friends. for once. yes-men.
Oh, the album, the album is great, split between pseudo-omnious instrumentals and psychotic garage-punk with drills, church organs, and snotty wombles singing.
one or two wasted thirty second tracks, but everything here is inspirational. I suggest you dress like a buddhist monk, wear goggles, drive a hillman imp, and listen to this.
big, big influence on super furry animals, sonic youth, radiohead, any prog-punk band, they totally ripped this sister off, maan, the chord-changes, textures, only this is abrasive. yeah! abrasive! unlike stupid metal pop bands like slipknot, who are in no way abrasive! you have no taste or worthy cerebral contribution to make until you buy this!. everything. yeah. stop mithering and buy.
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