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.
  • He Also Did: On top of his musical work, Gira also authored a short story collection called The Consumer, that is absolutely filled to the brim with Nausea Fuel. The song "Empathy" on Soundtracks for the Blind is actually based on the opening story in the collection, which is a graphic depiction of Brother-Sister Incest.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes. The debut EP Swans was appended as bonus tracks to the first CD pressings of their album Filth. While Filth itself was repressed various other times, it wasn't until 2015 that the debut EP saw the light of day again.
    • 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 and "Time is Money (Bastard) (Mix)" from the Time is Money (Bastard) 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 White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Love of Life didn't get proper reissues until 2015, getting rereleased before in compilations that reordered their tracklists while ommitting tracks. The Burning World had a similar fate... without any recent reissue nor apparent plans for one.
  • 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.

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