SWA was formed in the mid 1980's by bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Greg Cameron. The band was initially set to include Ted Falconi of Flipper, and the trio jammed a few times, but Ted's schedule with Flipper would not allow him to work with SWA full-time. After that, Cameron invited his high school friend Ray Cooper to join as guitarist. Vocalist Merrill Ward and 2nd guitarist Rich Ford rounded out the group. After the recording of their first album, "You're Future If You Have One", Cooper departed for the Descendents and was not replaced. Ford departed after the 2nd album, as his job as label manager of SST Records was taking up all of his time. He was replaced by Sylvia Juncosa, who would only stick around for one album. Her replacement was Phil Van Duyne for 1989's "Winter". Again, the line-up would change as Merrill Ward departed and Chuck took over lead vocals for 1991's "Volume", which ended up being the band's final release.


SST 053 SWA - Your Future If You Have One album art SWA Your Future If You Have One (Album) SST Records SST 053 US 1985 Sell This Version
SST C073 SWA - Sex Doctor album art SWA Sex Doctor (Album) SST Records SST C073 US 1986 Sell This Version
SSTC 093 SWA - XCIII album art SWA XCIII (Album) SST Records SSTC 093 US 1987 Sell This Version
SST CD 238 SWA - Winter album art SWA Winter (Album) SST Records SST CD 238 US 1989 Sell This Version
SST 282 SWA - Volume album art SWA Volume (Album) SST Records SST 282 US 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PSST E73 SWA - Sea And Sky / Sex Doctor album art SWA Sea And Sky / Sex Doctor(7", Promo) SST Records PSST E73 US 1986 Sell This Version
SST 153 SWA - Arroyo album art SWA Arroyo (Single) SST Records SST 153 US 1987 Sell This Version


SST CD 157 SWA - Evolution 85-87 album art SWA Evolution 85-87(CD, Comp) SST Records SST CD 157 US 1987 Sell This Version


none SWA - Arroyo / I Against I album art SWA / Bad Brains SWA / Bad Brains - Arroyo / I Against I(Umatic, Comp, Promo, NTSC) SST Records, SST Video none US 1987 Sell This Version


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