Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Swell Maps -" The complete Swell Maps " incl. "A Trip To Marineville ", Jane From Occupied Europe" plus all the singles and Peel sessions 1978-80.

I never really recovered from the moment i first saw a picture of NIkki Sudden, in the 80's i think. He looked like he was in the rolling stones or some naff yank rock band.How could this be??? The Swell Maps sounded like perfect non-rock music, a sound brought to its zenith on the monolithic single "Lets Build a Car". I bought this album blind in 1979 on the strength that it was on Rough Trade, and ,as normal, loved it. Falling down rock montage, with a vocalist that sounded like he couldn't be bothered to finish every line he droned. And i never saw any pictures of them, which is essential for any myth.Download the album and non-album singles below, and enjoy these DIY classics.(now also including allll the peel sessions!)

DOWNLOAD "A Trip to Marineville" HERE!

Track Listing: 

1. h.s. art
2. Another Song
3. Vertical Slum
4. Spitfire Parade
5. Harmony in your Bathroom
6. Don't Throw Ashtrays at Me
7. Midget Submarine
8. Bridge Head
9. Full Moon in my Pocket
10. Blam!!
11. Full Moon
12. Gunboats
13. Adventuring into Basketry
14. My Lil' Shoppes 'Round the Corner


1 Robot Factory
2 Let's Buy A Bridge
3 Border Country
4 Cake Shop Girl
5 The Helicopter Spies
6 Big Maz In The Desert From The Trolley
7 Big Empty Field
8 Mining Villages
9 Collision With A Frogman
10 Vs. The Mangrove Delta Plan
11 Secret Island
12 Whatever Happens Next...
13 Blenheim Shots
14 A Raincoat's Room 

Bonus Tracks

15 The Stairs Are Like An Avalanche
16 New York

 DOWNLOAD and get occupied with european jane (i.e. hairy armpits) HERE!

 Swell Maps Singles Collection:

1-Read about Seymour (Rather records 1977)2-Ripped and Torn3-Black Velvet4-Dresden Style (Rough Trade 1978)5-Ammunition Train6-Full Moon7-Real Shocks (Rough Trade 1979)8- Lets Build a Car (Rough trade 1979)9-Big Maz In The Country10-.....and then Poland.

DOWNLOAD all these swell singles HERE! 

The complete Peel sessions 1978-80:

BONUS!!!! DOWNLOAD The complete Swell Maps Peel Sessions HERE!


Exeter said...

Love this record!

greg said...

This sounds great, but 7 tracks vs. 14 tracks?

Jonny Zchivago said...

Hi, well i dunno what happened there?...well,yes I do;this file has been blocked so many times that in the confusion i lost 7 files from the Zip!
Now reupped,and am doing the peel sessions also. As a bonus i'll add "Jane from occupied europe" too, but i'm sure you have that already?

Daniel said...

Thanks! I couldn´t find this anywhere. Another early post punk (that I had never heard of) addition to my collection.

Bodhi Amol said...

Hello,i once had white double lp with live recordings that got stolen,called What ever happens next...Somebody got this to share?

dan st said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you, very much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

okay bro. thanks

Exeter said...

Thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

Thanx for sharing this.

'Gentlemen, it is a fact that every philosopher of eminence for the last two centuries has either been murdered, or, at the least, been very near it, insomuch that if a man calls himself a philosopher, and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him; and against Locke's philosophy in particular, I think it is an unanswerable objection (if we needed any) that, although he carried his throat about him in this world for seventy-two years, no man ever condescended to cut it.'
-- Thomas de Quincey, 'Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts'

Exeter said...

WoW! I think there is even more here than two years ago!

Leandro Felipe said...


AJ said...

Hey Jonny, I have the Swell Maps comp International Rescue coming to a blog near you soon. Would you be happy for me to post a link to this page for anyone who is interested in hearing more?
Cheers AJ

PS, Thanks for the Peel Sessions

Jonny Zchivago said...

Peel Session 2 is a bit crap quality is it not?

Yes by all means link me up, but don't forget to link up everything Swell Mappy that i have, theres Train out of it, Wastrels, out-takes and rehearsals,and much more here:

Use that link?


AJ said...

Thanks JZ. I'll use the link with everything Swell Map releated


Exeter said...

Continued enjoyment !

Mr. P said...

Great post and I appreciate you separating the albums into their own links as I already had the two LPs and it was nice to just be able to pick up the singles and Peel Sessions on their own. Some of us keep a watchful eye on our data usage as we keep our heads down and lurk around.

Dr. Tonka said...

Note that the cover to "Jane From Occupied Europe" looks exactly like Red Crayola's "Soldier Talk" which came out 2 years earlier, AND the fact that the bass player on Red Crayola's Kangaroo LP was... (wait for it)...
Epic Sountracks from the Swell Maps... Gee - talk about lazy...