Swell Maps
A Trip to Marineville


5.0
classic


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: WARNING: This is yet another story from author’s life that is in one insignificant way or another tied to this record.

I was a rascal as a child. To a certain extent, every child is this mischievous, rebellious brat that wants to be unlike anybody else. Or maybe they are unlike anybody else and are rebellious, because they are aggressively trying to be a part of the mass. Anyway, I was a particularly nosey, bratty, arsehole-ish little ***. I often bullied others and my attitude was always too nihilistic and sarcastic. I also never liked authority. Be it my orphanage’s caretaker I always enjoyed messing with, other kids there, my brother and sister or later my employers and the police. As I grew, getting kicked out of a job, almost getting beaten by a bunch of drunken bastards, evicted from an apartment or running away from police turned into not really caring about any of that and actively seeking trouble, eventually getting myself into several fights, getting stabbed a few times and even almost shot (before the illegalisation of firearms in Australia), demolishing households and places of work of those who threw me out and in the end spending nights again and again in prison to a point, where I became a first-name basis acquaintance to some policemen. Officer Liam Daniels even became a sort of a friend to me and invited me to his wedding, but we’ll get to his impact on me later.

And as we know, every vicious little cunt needs a personal anthem. I had several and mostly in a full-album format. But let’s focus on this particular one for no particular reason. A Trip to Marineville is pretty much the perfect encapsulation of my adolescence. Not so much in its themes, but most definitely in its mood. It is a perfectly imperfect album, terribly recorded, noisily mixed, redundantly played and awfully sung. However, it is as amazing in how off-putting it is, as it is entertaining. Swell Maps didn’t give two bits of a flying *** about how this album comes off to people; they just had their absolute fun with it and that enthusiasm and complete exuberance are shining and glowing and dragging you in one song at a time.

I cannot say that the aforementioned officer Daniels changed and turned my life around, because I already was on a correctional path towards being better, but he certainly secured my determination to become someone better. And I tried my hardest. Stopped drinking altogether, got myself a steady job and even rented an apartment for myself and my wife (should have mentioned that this is already after I moved to England), started learning how to interact with other people without the compulsive need to cut their car tires and by the end of it all I was a better person. Liam was sort of a part of that too, though he personally never contributed that heavily to it, he at least showed me his family and how he cared for them, his parents, kids and his future wife. That certainly helped me see a whole new perspective, realising what is important in life and what one needs to strive for. And eventually I attended their wedding. It was nice, nothing much to say about it. I am not usually impressed by weddings, they always seem kind of tacky and kitsch to me, but my wife and I did decide to get ourselves a wedding cake, which we didn’t have, because we only signed a few papers and were officiated within an hour.

But even though I am no longer that promiscuous arsehole I always was, I still long for the freedom and carefree attitude I held then. I wouldn’t want to relive that, but I like remembering. And A Trip to Marineville helps that like nothing else.



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Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


Previous instalments of the autobiographical series:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/75539/Red-Lorry-Yellow-Lorry-Talk-About-the-Weather/
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/75567/The-Saints-Eternally-Yours/

Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

AsleepInTheBack
April 27th 2018


6117 Comments


he's only gone and made it to 100. nice one.

AnimalsAsSummit
April 27th 2018


4617 Comments


nice. its hard for me to get into this record but mad respect for the innovation

Digging: Walrus - Hikari no Kakera

Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


cheers, lads.
it's also hilarious that the system only censors fuck and shit, but cunt and bastard are up there like nobody's business.

butcherboy
April 27th 2018


9464 Comments


hooya!! cheers, Uni..

Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


booya

foxblood
April 27th 2018


10369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES amazing album. always loved the cover too

JustJoe.
April 27th 2018


7063 Comments


Happy 100th Review!

"A Trip to POS-ville"

Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


cheers

SandwichBubble
April 28th 2018


10916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HOOOOOLY SHIIIIIIT

This makes up for any Fred Firth 1.0s past present and future

foxblood
April 28th 2018


10369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

took you long enough to notice this and comment:p

SandwichBubble
April 28th 2018


10916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can people please shoutbox me in advance next time they plan on reviewing a 4.5+ album so I can take a sick day off work and just comment till the sun rises the next day.

foxblood
April 28th 2018


10369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's not kidding

bgillesp
April 28th 2018


7095 Comments


Super pos for a super guy. Happy Hundred bud!

bgillesp
April 28th 2018


7095 Comments


Also I will certainly check this

Papa Universe
April 28th 2018


22505 Comments


Blowing air kisses to y'all, honeysugardarlings.

butcherboy
September 14th 2018


9464 Comments


still liking this review.. so much so that page break!

Papa Universe
September 14th 2018


22505 Comments


Oh you darling.

zakalwe
November 3rd 2018


29837 Comments


Fucking Hell



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