Sudden Sway

Sudden Sway

The band was formed in 1980 by Mike McGuire (vocals) and Steve Rolls (Guitar) after disbanding 1st generation punk band The Now. They recruited Pete Jostins (Bass), Shaun Foreman (Guitar & Keyboards) and Colin Meech (Drums), with various others contributing in their early days.[1] They were initially influenced by bands such as A Certain Ratio and Shriekback.[1] Their first releases were two self-financed singles, "Jane's Third Party" and the To You, With Regard EP, in 1980 and 1981 respectively. The latter was sufficiently successful to attract major-label interest from CBS and Virgin Records, but after a further single on their own 'Chant' label, and with guitarist Simon Childs added as a permanent member, they signed a deal with Warners subsidiary Blanco y Negro, debuting on the label in 1986 with eight versions of the single "Sing Song".[1] After releasing the Spacemate package - a double LP, book, poster, set of cards and instruction manual, packaged together in a soap box container and designed by Jon Wozencroft, the band moved on to indie label Rough Trade Records, where they would stay for the rest of their career. Their fondness for remixes was evident on their first Rough Trade release, a 7-inch EP featuring eight, 1 minute songs and titles "Autumn Cut Back Job Lot Offer", released in early 1987. The following year, they released their second album, '76 Kids Forever, which they described as a "soap opera musical". With Childs departing, the band continued for one final effort, 1990's Ko-Opera album, before splitting up.
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Sudden Sway Discography Tracks


240896-1, BYN8B Sudden Sway Spacemate(2xLP, Album + Box) WEA, Blanco Y Negro 240896-1, BYN8B UK 1986 Sell This Version
Sudden Sway 76 Kids Forever (Album) Rough Trade UK 1988 Sell This Version
Sudden Sway Ko-Opera (Album) Rough Trade Japan 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Chant 1A A Sudden Sway* Jane's Third Party(7") Chant Records Chant 1A UK 1980 Sell This Version
EJSP 9692 Sudden Sway To You, With ReGard(12") Chant Records EJSP 9692 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SRTS 82 CUS 1592 - Chant Sub Sudden Sway The Traffic Tax Scheme(7") Chant Records SRTS 82 CUS 1592 - Chant Sub UK 1982 Sell This Version
Sudden Sway The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit, Strange Fruit US 1986 Sell This Version
Sudden Sway sINg sONg (Single) Blanco Y Negro UK 1986 Sell This Version
RTT 213 Sudden Sway Sat'day Mornin Episode(12", Single) Rough Trade RTT 213 UK 1987 Sell This Version
RT 183 Sudden Sway Autumn Cutback Job Lot Offer(7") Rough Trade RT 183 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SAM 284 Sudden Sway 8 Reasons For An Eight Part Singsong Promo Pack PKSS07 (12", Promo) WEA SAM 284 Unknown Sell This Version
SWAY 1P Sudden Sway Yves St Raisa(12") Rough Trade SWAY 1P Unknown Sell This Version

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