11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The all-female British band The Raincoats—championed by Kurt Cobain in the early ‘90s—released three studio albums between 1979 and 1984. Their self-titled debut had a fiercely independent flavor that didn’t quite fit the post-punk mold of the time. With scratchy violin, spare guitar/bass, and polyrhythmic layers of clattering percussion, The Raincoats mined the sort of tribal, off-kilter territory that The Slits were also exploring then. (In fact, in 1979 Slits drummer Palmolive left her band of three years for The Raincoats.) Songs alternate between primitive folk and gutsy punk—with art-school flair—as the vocals veer from sweetly flat and off-key to shouty choruses and sour mewling. Gems not to miss are the first single, “Fairytale in the Supermarket” (not on the original album), “No Side to Fall In,” a cover of The Kinks’ “Lola,” and the bittersweet “In Love.” The Raincoats is a priceless piece of rock history. Cool notes: Mayo Thompson of The Red Krayola was a producer here, and Lora Logic of X-Ray Spex contributed sax work. Palmolive left the band shortly after this release, embraced Christianity, and moved to the U.S.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The all-female British band The Raincoats—championed by Kurt Cobain in the early ‘90s—released three studio albums between 1979 and 1984. Their self-titled debut had a fiercely independent flavor that didn’t quite fit the post-punk mold of the time. With scratchy violin, spare guitar/bass, and polyrhythmic layers of clattering percussion, The Raincoats mined the sort of tribal, off-kilter territory that The Slits were also exploring then. (In fact, in 1979 Slits drummer Palmolive left her band of three years for The Raincoats.) Songs alternate between primitive folk and gutsy punk—with art-school flair—as the vocals veer from sweetly flat and off-key to shouty choruses and sour mewling. Gems not to miss are the first single, “Fairytale in the Supermarket” (not on the original album), “No Side to Fall In,” a cover of The Kinks’ “Lola,” and the bittersweet “In Love.” The Raincoats is a priceless piece of rock history. Cool notes: Mayo Thompson of The Red Krayola was a producer here, and Lora Logic of X-Ray Spex contributed sax work. Palmolive left the band shortly after this release, embraced Christianity, and moved to the U.S.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Franchatta ,

Diamond in the Rough

The fact that almost nobody knows about this band and this album, is too high! The album, in a whole, is filled with such different yet great sounds. It is the most essential album of the late seventies punk era.
My Top Two Songs:
Black and White & The Void
Other Related Bands to Listen to:
The Slits
Xray Spex

AKbrain ,

Oddly cool

A fav of the late Kurt Cobain, these strangely fascinating songs stick like Velcro and stroke the strange side of your brain

Joey Chicagofan ,

What a blast!

Someone played Fairytale in the Supermarket on the jukbox at the bar I was patronizing over the weekend. I forgot this album existed! I went home and bought it immediately. The whole thing is truly a gem and I am so happy I was reintroduced.

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