- The Raincoats
Infobox musical artist |
Name = The Raincoats
Gina Birchand Ana da Silva
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1977 – 1984
1993 - present
Rough Trade Records ROIR Blast First Smells Like Records DGC Records
URL = [http://www.theraincoats.net The Raincoats web site]
Ana da Silva Gina Birch
Ross Crighton Nick Turner Kate Korus Jeremie Frank
Vicky Aspinall Ingrid Weiss
The Raincoats are a
post-punkband and were formed in 1977 by Ana da Silva(vocals, guitar) and Gina Birch(vocals, bass) while they were students at Hornsey College of Art, London, England. [ [http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/gender-in-humanities/archive.htm “Women and the Rock Business, and the story of the Raincoats” The Open University 7 February, 2005] open.ac.uk - Retrieved: 28 July 2007 ]
The line-up included
Ross Crightonon guitar and Nick Turneron drums for the band’s first gig on 9 November 1977. Kate Korus, from The Slitsand later The Mo-dettes, joined briefly but was replaced by Jeremie Frank. Nick Turner left to form The Barracudasand Richard Dudanski(exThe 101'ers and later Public Image Ltd.sat in on drums and film maker Patrick Keiller replaced Jeremie Frank on guitar.
Late in 1978, The Raincoats became an all female
post-punkband, when joined by Palmolive of The Slits( drums), Vicky Aspinall( violin) and manager Shirley O'Loughlin. The band went on their first UK tour with Swiss female band Kleenex, in May 1979 after Rough Trade Recordsreleased their first single, "Fairytale in the Supermarket"/ "In Love"/ "Adventures Close to Home".
Palmolive left the band after their seminal first album "The Raincoats" and
Ingrid Weiss(mother to Kitty, Daisy and Lewis Durham) joined in 1980, when the band began recording their second album " Odyshape", and toured Europeand the east coast of the United States. Guest musicians on "Odyshape" included Robert Wyatt, This Heat's Charles Hayward and Richard Dudanski.
In New York, in December 1982, The Raincoats recorded a
live albumat the arts space The Kitchen. "The Kitchen Tapes" (live) was released on ROIRin 1983. [ [http://www.roir-usa.com/8238.htm The Kitchen Tapes] roir-usa.com - Retrieved: 28 July 2007 ]
The band recorded "Moving" in 1984 and began work on solo projects shortly after the release of this album. Gina Birch and Vicky Aspinall formed Dorothy and Ana da Silva worked with choreographer Gaby Agis on a series of dance projects and formed Roseland with Charles Hayward, they appeared in the 1999 comedy film "10 things i hate about you".
Kurt Cobainof Nirvana went into the Rough Trade Shopin Talbot Road, London in search of a new copy of "The Raincoats" and Jude Crighton sent him round the corner to see Ana da Silva at her cousin's antique shop. Cobain wrote passionately about this meeting in the liner notes of Nirvana’s " Incesticide" album. In late 1993 Rough Trade and DGC Recordsreleased the three albums with liner notes by Cobain and Kim Gordon.
Shirley O'Loughlin persuaded Ana da Silva and Gina Birch to play a show at the Garage in London in March 1994 with
Steve Shelleyof Sonic Youthon drums and Anne Wood on violinto celebrate the album releases. They recorded a session for BBC Radio 1's John Peel, which was released on Paul Smith's Blast Firstand Steve Shelley’s record label Smells Like Records. Cobain invited them to play on the tour Nirvana planned for the UK in April, but he died a week before the tour began. Da Silva and Birch had written some new material and released a new album " Looking in the Shadows" on DGC Records and Rough Trade Records in 1996, produced by Britpopproducer Ed Buller(who had previously worked with Suede and Pulp). Musicians included Anne Wood(violin, bass), Heather Dunn(drums) and Pete Shelley( Buzzcocksand solo artist).
Since 1996, The Raincoats have played some special events such as
Robert Wyatt's Meltdown in 2001 and at Chicks on Speed's "99 Cents" album release in Berlinin December 2003. Da Silva and Birch recently recorded a cover versionof "Monk Chant" for a compilation albumof The Monkssongs called "Silver Monk Time", and performed the song live with the Monks in the Volksbuehne, Berlin in October 2006. They played at Ladyfest Leedsin April 2007 and the Nuits Sonores Festival in Lyonon 18 May 2007 on the Girl Monster stage with Chicks on Speed. [ [http://www.ladyfestleeds.co.uk/?q=node/520 The Raincoats concert in Leeds 2007] ladyfestleeds.co.uk - Retrieved: 28 July 2007 ]
Gina Birchworked with Mayo Thompsonon The Red Krayola's 1981 "Kangaroo?" LP (1981) and in 1988, and formed 'Dorothy' with Vicky Aspinall releasing a series of 12" singles. She formed The Hangovers and released an album, " Slow Dirty Tears", in 1998 on Kill Rock Starsand they toured in the United States as a full band, and in 2000 Birch and da Silva performed live at the first Ladyfestin Olympia Washington and in 2002 at the London Ladyfest. The Hangovers played in Moscowin February 2003. She continues to play mainly in London often accompanied by her film and video work and has also directed music videos, including those for The Libertines, "Up the Bracket", " Time for Heroes" and " I Get Along", plus two for New Order, and also Beth Orton, Daisy Chainsaw, The Pogues, The Veilsand others.
Da Silva worked with
dancer/ choreographer Gaby Agison a series of dance projects between 1985 and 1988 composing the score for the film"Freefall" for Channel 4and formed 'Roseland' with Charles Hayward in 1986. She released an album called "The Lighthouse" on Chicks on Speed's record label in February 2005. Stuart Moxham of the Young Marble Giantscollaborated on one of the album tracks, "Modinha" and she recently performed in London, Germany, Portugal and at Ladyfestspain in Madrid and with Marina Rosenfeld's Sheer Frost Orchestra at the Tate Modern in May 2006. She continues to play with shows recently in both London and Germany.
*1979 - "The Raincoats" [ [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/07/forgotten_punk.html Guardian review of "Little-known records with big influence" 20 July 2007] guardian.co.uk - Retrieved: 28 July 2007 ] [ [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/story/0,,1241217,00.html Stuart Murdoch: My Top 10 albums] observer.guardian.co.uk - Retrieved: 28 July 2007 ]
*1981 - "
*1983 - "The Kitchen Tapes" (live)
*1984 - "Moving"
*1996 - "
Looking in the Shadows"
*1983 - "Animal Rhapsody"
*1994 - "Extended Play"
*1979 - "Fairytale in the Supermarket" / "In Love" / "Adventures Close to Home"
*1982 - "No One's Little Girl" / "Running Away"
*1983 - "Animal Rhapsody" / "No One's Little Girl" / "Honey Mad Woman"
*1996 – "Don’t Be Mean" / "Vicious" / "I Keep Walking"
Tracks on compilations
* 1990 - "No One's Little Girl" on "A Constant Source of Interruption" - [http://www.roughtraderecords.com]
* 1993 - "In Love" on "Lipstick Traces" - compiled by
Greil Marcus authorof "In the Fascist Bathroom" [http://www.roughtraderecords.com]
* 1995 - "Off Duty Trip" on "Razor and Tie Music" [http://www.razorandtie.com]
* 1995 - "In Love" on "Upsalapalooza" [http://www.wfmu.org]
* 1996 - "Pretty" on "Buy Product 2" [http://www.geffen.com]
* 2001 - "Fairytale in the Supermarket" on "Rough Trade Shops 25 years" [http://www.roughtrade.com]
* 2003 - "Lola" on "Rough Trade Shops Post Punk 01" [http://www.roughtrade.com]
* 2003 - "Animal Rhapsody" on "Chicken Lips DJ Kicks" [http://www.k7.com]
* 2004 - "Fairytale in the Supermarket" on ""
* 2006 - "Only Loved at Night" on "Rip it Up" - compiled by
Simon Reynoldsauthor of "Rip it Up and Start Again" [http://www.simonreynolds.net]
* 2006 - "Monk Chant" on "Silver Monk Time" [http://www.playloud.org/silvermonktime.html]
* 2006 - "Shouting Out Loud" on "Girl Monster" [http://www.girlmonster.net]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/artsandentertainment/story/0,,2143791,00.html Guardian Online review of book relating to female punk musicians/groups including Gina Birch and Ana da Silva]
lyric"Bring your record player and your Raincoats 45s" appears in the song, "Meet Me by the Water" by Saturday Looks Good to Me, on their album, " All Your Summer Songs".
* [http://www.myspace.com/theraincoats The Raincoats official myspace site]
* [http://www.theraincoats.net The Raincoats official web site]
* [http://www.roir-usa.com/8238.htm ROIR Kitchen Tapes page]
* [http://www.livenirvana.com/digitalnirvana/discography/nirvana/incesticide_note.html The Incesticide liner notes]
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