SWELL MAPS – ” Peel Session ” 1978

Posted: September 12, 2016 in MUSIC
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The complete session recorded by Swell Maps on 16th October 1978 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and first broadcast on the 27th of that month. Swell Maps were an experimental DIY rock group of the 1970s from Birmingham, that foreshadowed the birth of post punk movement.

Consisting of brothers Epic Soundtracks (real name Kevin Paul Godfrey) and  Nikki Sudden (real name Adrian Nicholas Godfrey) two teenagers from Solihull, plus Biggles Books (Richard Earl), Phones Sportsman (David Barrington), John “Golden” Cockrill and  Jowe Head (Stephen Bird), the band cut the single “Read About Seymour” as their debut in 1977, soon after the brothers left Solihull school. It is widely considered  to be one of the classic punk era singles, 

After recording their first John Peel session Swell Maps went into WMRS studio to record their first album A Trip to Marineville, which was released in 1979. It featured hard rocking punk numbers like “H.S. Art” interspersed with ambient styled instrumentals and other experimental sound interludes like “Gunboats”. The album went No. 1 on the new Independent chart at the time.

Tracklist:

1. Another Song (0:07)
2. Full Moon In My Pocket / Blam!! / Full Moon etc (1:51)
3. Harmony In Your Bathroom (8:00)
4. International Rescue (12:01)
5. Read About Seymour (14:17)

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