Trivia: Swans

  • Big Name Fan: Gira counts as a Big Name Fan of Lisa Germano, since he signed her to his Young God Records label because he enjoyed her music.
    • To a lesser extent, Kurt Cobain's name-dropping of the Young God EP as one of his favourite records definitely added to the band's cult caché.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Love Will Tear Us Apart," and, for the most part, the majority of their '90s work.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Early on, a then-unknown guitarist played for them very briefly (as was the rule back then) and then went on to start a certain other no wave band that became far bigger than Swans ever became. His name? Thurston Moore. Yes, that Thurston Moore.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes. The debut EP Swans was appended as bonus tracks to the first CD pressings of their album Filth. All of the represses of Filth removed the songs from Swans, and those songs haven't been re-issued anywhere since.
    • Greed and Holy Money were combined, along with the song "Time is Money (Bastard,)" and "A Screw" and "Blackmail" from A Screw, on a compilation titled Greed/Holy Money. The compilation broke the albums apart, creating a near-random tracklist. An updated version was reissued as part of Cop/Young God / Greed/Holy Money in 2005, which added back a couple of songs from the original albums and EPs, but still leaves out "Money is Flesh (#2)" from Holy Money, "Time is Money (Bastard) (Mix)" from the Time is Money (Bastard) single, and "A Screw (Holy Money) (Mix)" from the A Screw single. The original configurations of the two albums and two singles involved in Greed/Holy Money have not been re-issued.
    • The output of spinoff band Skin / The World of Skin, in its original form. A compilation of their best material, World of Skin, was re-issued alongside Children of God in 1999, but it excludes about a third of their work.
    • The Swans albums The Burning World, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Love of Life, because of...
  • Old Shame: Most of their late '80s - early '90s output, but especially The Burning World.
    • When Young God Records began reissuing Swans' discography, Gira compiled what he felt were the best tracks from The Burning World, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Love of Life, the World of Skin album Ten Songs for Another World, and other singles and B-Sides into an album titled Various Failures. Only three songs from The Burning World were used while most, or at least half, of the other albums were represented.
    • Gira finally relented by reissuing The Burning World with bonus tracks from White Light and Love of Life as Forever Burned in 2003, though it was in a limited pressing which sold out quickly. A even more limited "Fetish Edition" of Forever Burned came in packaging that was actually set on fire.
  • Write What You Know: If stuff like "Failure" is to be believed, Gira has had a seriously screwed up life.
    • Proven by numerous interviews. "Blind" and "Alcohol the Seed," in particular, gain a great deal of emotional resonance in context.