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Throwing Muses

Throwing Muses

1986

Throwing Muses

Album Summary

Throwing Muses is the 1986 debut album of the band Throwing Muses, released on British independent label 4AD. This was the first album by an American band to be released on 4AD, which had concentrated primarily on British-based acts up to this point. The release marked a shift in the label's direction; a year later 4AD would sign Pixies based in part on the band's connection to Throwing Muses, and by the mid-1990s much of the label's roster was made up of American bands. AllMusic calls the album a "powerful debut" whose "startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh's mercurial voice and lyrics...puts the work of most self-consciously 'tortured' artists to shame." The review praises the record's "fluid, effortless emotional shifts"—also described as "violent, vibrant mood swings". The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was originally released in the UK by 4AD in August 1986 (CAD607) on LP, CD and cassette. Sometime around the early 1990s, the album went out of print, as plans were made by the band's American label, Sire Records to issue the album for the first time in the US, along with 1987's Chains Changed EP, which had also never seen American release. After Throwing Muses were dropped by Sire following the disappointing sales for 1995's critical favorite University, plans for the re-issue were dropped. The band later resurrected the re-issue project, issuing the 2-CD compilation In a Doghouse in 1998 on 4AD (DAD607CD) in the UK, and on Rykodisc in the USA. This compilation not only contained the debut LP and EP as originally planned, but also (on the second CD) the demo tape that convinced 4AD president Ivo Watts-Russell to sign the band; newly recorded versions of songs originally written in the band's early years; and the band's award-winning 1987 video for the song "Fish".

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Rating

2.92

Votes

3968

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Post Punk
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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

bleat [bleet] noun 1. the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf. 2. any similar sound (the bleat of distant horns). 3. foolish, complaining talk; babble (I listened to their inane bleat all evening).

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

This album is why I do this project! What a find! Super solid early post-punk with strong vocals and killer riffs. I'm all about it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

super cool

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

One of the many things I discovered in this journey is how much I actually love female driven punk. I mean, as a former enjoyer of Avril Lavigne's emo pop-punk, I should've seen that coming. This album carries the female punk energy that I love. But it's sound is quite sonic and atmospheric despite the chaos. It's more post-punk than punk. Still, it has just the right level of grittiness and filthiness from punk. It hit all the right spots in me.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Wow! What an album!

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Uma ótima descoberta, o tipo de banda que eu amaria se já conhecesse. Vou ouvir mais com certeza. Melhores músicas: Green e Cry baby cry

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

This album was not present in its entirety on Spotify so I had to go through Youtube. Anyway, this is very refreshing punk/alternative rock. I love the signer voice and the producing of the songs. It seems there is some pixies influence on thise album. I was surprise because I did not know about this band at all. I liked it 4.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Reminds me a bit of the Runaways. Especially Vicky's Box. Very Cherry Bomb-esq. Also a bit of Grace Slick thrown in there. Not quite four stars but I don't think 3 does it justice. Closer to 4 tho.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Isn't this new? Not on Spotify, Amazon Music, nor is there a Youtube playlist for them, so I had to create my own, which will probably be broken in a week due to potential copyright strikes. This was hard to find, but damn it was it worth it. It's my kind of music! For some reason, I especially love post-punk music with female vocals, from the B-52s to Siouxsie to the riot grrrl movement. The instrumental is cool, dark, and melodic, and the vocals swap across registers to show both eery and beautiful emotions she's able to portray. Gets a bit psychedelic in some parts, like the dreamy segments of "Rabbits Dying" that transition to an off country hoedown. Also gets really fun and energetic to dance to but simple and straightforward (like New Wave without the excessive instrumentation). No weak songs, I enjoyed them all, but possibly for the same reasons. The production can be a bit hollow in some places, but the lofi sound adds to its aesthetic. I can't wait to explore the rest of their discography. Favorites: Call Me, Green, Hate My Way, Stand Up, Soul Soldier

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Absolutely worth the effort to piece this one together. Underneath the surprisingly effective combination of grungy guitar and near honky-tonk rhythms is a frenetic energy that keeps one on their toes, not knowing which way the track will dodge next but fully understanding the new direction when it does. For being released pre-90s, the LP also shows a prescient vision of where guitar-led music was headed with early dips into grungier tones and abrasive vocals. Overall, this LP is an exemplar of why I put up with some of the more questionable albums on this list, as its hidden gems like this which make the experience worth it.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

I remember the band's name from when they were popular but I don't know if I listened to them. Glad I have now. This is a solid album. I like the edge to their music but I also hear precision and style. Great balance and not easy to do as I can imagine a less skilled band going too far in one direction instead of showing the intelligent restraint this band shows. I love they way they play with tempo and song structure. Some really cool ideas in here. I'm relistening right now to "Green" because I love the sound of that arpeggio the guitars play.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Better than Muse

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

This was cool. Bit goaty, but I like goats. Never heard of them, will hear them again.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

No esta en Spotify

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

This was a lush well orchestrated album that reminded me of The Beach Boys with English folk revival and experimental folk like the Kink’s ‘Village Green Preservation Society.’ The biggest issue for me was the length and the fact that the album sounded a bit dated. In its greatest moments, it was absolutely gorgeous.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

BUENARDÓPOLIS y mira que entré con una pajaaa pq duraba una banda pero me encantó. 9/10

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Tue Aug 09 2022
3

Avançades al seu temps, el disc de debut sona com el rock alternatiu sonaria una década més tard de l'edició del disc. Comença a un nivell molt alt als prmers temes, però es va apagant a poc a poc. Tot i així, molt de mèrit tenir aquest so i valentia al 1986

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Ok album. Singing was sometimes enjoyable, sometimes not. Good riffs, would give it another try. Hard to find to listen to on streaming platforms.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

This album was incredibly difficult to find-- I'm not even certain that I listened to the right one. I liked it but I won't seek it out again

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Could not find it to listen to, but later albums are great.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

This is the sort of album that thankfully has the grace to know it's a half-hour jobbie. The singer has generic punk chick voice and that's fine for a few songs, but it wears thin quickly. The music is just basic 3-chord alterna-punk, albeit with a bit more dynamic range than the words "basic 3 chord punk" allow. It showed potential in places but whenever it had the option of leaning into something that sounded nice or inserting loud strummed chords... it chose wrong. But at 37min, once in my life, there was enough of that "let's give this a go" energy that it kept me entertained for its brief runtime. 3/5.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Very difficult to find, no trace of it on YT Music, I gather it’s not on Spotify either, possibly on Pandora if search results are to be believed, but you know, not going to get back into that relic over one album. Not available to buy anywhere I could find except as a pricey used disc or LP. Honestly find that kind of inexcusable in this age of essentially free and instant publishing: some rights holder is being an idiot. Upshot is I listened to a half assed playlist on YouTube that kind of approximated 80% of the album. Which was fine, distinctive, but another one of these highly affected vocalists who’s style gets on my nerves after about three songs.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Not available on Spotify, only one song

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Definitely worth tracking down all of the tracks on YouTube. 3.5/5

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Eh

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Some interesting parts

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Powerful raw energy, yet melodic and meaningful lyrics

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

This was added to the list for some reason and first listen I wasn’t blown away by anything.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Angst

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Sat Aug 13 2022
2

One of the things I love (or at least very much appreciate) about the current media landscape is the ability to just listen to an album or watch a movie pretty much on demand. One of the things I hate is seeking out a piece of media only to find that not enough people care enough about it to make it available. That seems to be the case with this first, self-titled Throwing Muses album. I don't have an Apple Music or Tidal account so maybe it's on there but it definitely isn't on Spotify, not in the U.S. anyway. I was able to find it in bits in pieces on YouTube minus one song, "Stand Up," which was available in a live version (that I could have sworn was from a those crappy cellphone video but was actually from 1987 so VHS I guess?) with not great sound so I didn't count it as part of my rating. After all that, I didn't really care for this album, some of it was just ok but a lot of it just wasn't my thing I guess. I haven't listened to a ton of Throwing Muses but I have liked or even loved some of their songs over the years, "Dizzy," "Counting Backwards" and "Big Yellow Gun" of the top of my head. Those all seam to have fuller production or something, I don't know if that is the correct terminology or if it even means anything but I think that's what the difference is to me. It's actually made me interested in digging deeper into their discography.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

I had to listen to this on YouTube, so maybe I didn't get the full "experience", but I did not enjoy this. I'm not the biggest fan of this type of music, and this album is no exception. I found it somewhat generic, and boring. There was a live performance of one of the songs from '87, and I actually (kind of) enjoyed that. But then again, live music is almost always better.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

Not sure if I was expecting too much, but came away with too little. Really thought this was gonna by a 4-5 star for me...well, I tried...just not for me...maybe it's timing, who knows?

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

I've always felt like Throwing Muses were one of those bands you're told you should like, but nobody you know has ever heard of them. That said, there are some good songs on here.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Not a fan of the goat voice.Everything was very average for an 80s rock band. 2/5

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Listens: 1 Enjoyed: Not really It felt very chaotic and often a strange mix between folk and rock. The shriekiness of her voice mixed with the chaos of the band just isn't for me

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

Why is this on this list?

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

I was expecting this to be better somehow. I wasn't familiar with the band outside of seeing the name in print (and honestly I thought it was Moses for ages) I like post-punk stuff for the most part, but this just didn't scratch any itch and frankly I got bored. Maybe I'll try again someday or with a different album. A 2 for now. Pity.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

More than a bit too lo-fi for my tastes. Although there are some interesting and compelling musical twists and turns, it's not enough to sustain a ton of interest for me. They eventually developed a bit more (and splintered into rather more successful groups) but essentially my lazy summary is: late 80s college music that was on at parties - just a solid 2. 5/10 2 stars.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

not really a fan at all of this one, there is some interesting things going on but it felt really same samey to me by the end of the album and I was glad to turn it off

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

This sucks. Maybe it's something I could learn to love with enough listens. But on a first listen, it is very disappointing. The songs are boring. Vocals are ok, but mostly the songs are forgettable. It's weird I disliked this, because usually I like post-punk indie stuff like this. Probably wasn't the best introduction to this band.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Toffe stem maar ik ga het toch niet meer opzetten denk ik

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

beetje wolf alice vibes maar dan veel minder goed

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Sun Nov 27 2022
2

Throwing Muses hebben geweldige platen gemaakt. Maar deze verzameling werk uit hun beginperiode kan ik niet zoveel mee.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
2

Eigenlijk zegt het me weinig, die Throwing Muses, maar ik begon blij verrast, maar helaas werd het me toch wat te gortig na een aantal nummers. Einde niet gehaald dus dat is geen goed teken, hoewel dat toch vrijwel altijd gebeurt met een dubbel album.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
1

jooh ei nappa yhtään... tylsää kitaratyöskentelyä kuulostaa vaan satunnaiselta rämpytykseltä ilman mitään syytä huoh. vokalisti laulaa laiskasti joka on hyvä mutta lammastekninen laulunhoilotus kohdat eivät. eivät toimi. rummut sentään ihan hyviä mutta nautinto on niin vähäistä että ykköstä tulee silmään. sillä micra lähtee käytiin mutta ei kovin pitkälle pötkitä ENNEN KUIN BENSA LOPPUU.. green paras biisi..

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Sun Oct 09 2022
1

Tusina-post-jotain. Pari kirkkaampaa (melodisempaa) hetkeä, mutta uudelleenkuunteluarvo lähes nolla.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
1

meni hieman ohi, ei jättänyt juuri muistijälkeä

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Thu Oct 13 2022
1

big thumbs down. right off the bat i said hmm maybe, but as the woman’s voice became consistently awful i gave up. i really did not like her goat voice.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
1

I wanted this to end at a point long before it did end

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