The De-luxe edition is now sold out but copies may still be available from the 4AD store. However, the anthology is now available as a standard edition which is Disc One only and is in a digi-pack with a 20 page booklet
Released 19 September 2011
On the 25th anniversary of Throwing Muses debut album release, 4AD are issuing the first ever compilation of the bands work, simply entitled Anthology.
Compiled by the band, the 21 track selection eschews most of the singles in favour of personal favourites, and enjoys a non-chronological sequence which makes for interesting juxtapositions and encourages a reassessment of the music.
This very limited release comes in a hardback book with a bonus 22 track CD of B-sides and rarities
Known for performing music with shifting tempos, creative chord progressions, unorthodox song structures, and surreal lyrics, Throwing Muses was set apart from other contemporary acts by Kristin Hersh’s stark, candid writing style, Tanya Donelly’s pop stylings and vocal harmonies, and David Narcizo’s unusual drumming techniques eschewing use of cymbals.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Throwing Muses were the first American act to sign to 4AD, pioneering a singular form of ‘alternative rock’ years before the term existed. The band was formed in 1983 by step-sisters Hersh and Donelly, who were both at high school at the time, later to be joined by Leslie Langston and David Narcizo.
Produced by Gil Norton, Throwing Muses’ eponymous 4AD debut arrived in September 1986. Arresting, unsettling and sometimes downright scary, Kristin’s work was like nothing in the rock canon to that point; the young band’s playing was extraordinary, joining the dots between elliptical post-punk, harmonious folk jangle and rockabilly thunder without ever settling into standard genre patterns.
Throwing Muses won instant acclaim in the UK, their originality confirmed by two EPs, Chains Changed and The Fat Skier, in 1987. The following March saw the release of second album House Tornado, that was accompanied by a memorable UK tour which saw the Muses supported by fellow Bostonians Pixies.
1990’s Hunkpapa found Kristin experimenting with more conventional melodic structures, and again, also included compositions by Tanya.
Throwing Muses’ various styles meshed to thrilling effect on fourth album The Real Ramona, which was released in March 1991 and saw Fred Abong succeeding Leslie on bass.
Tanya left the band a a year later, helping Kim Deal launch The Breeders before finding stardom with her own group Belly, who also briefly featured Fred. Throwing Muses continued as a three-piece, Kristin and David being temporarily rejoined by Leslie for 1992’s Red Heaven.
Following the release of a Kristin Hersh solo album, Throwing Muses returned in January ’95 with their sixth album University and new bassist Bernard Georges, who also played on the following year’s Limbo. Both records were excellent, but critical acclaim was not matched by sales and the trio reluctantly disbanded in 1997, Kristin stating that her beloved group was no longer financially viable.
Kristin surprised her devoted fanbase in the new millenium by creating the ‘Gut Pageant’, a special event where the audience would travel to a venue to see the band play, as well as see a couple of Kristin’s solo sets. This led to new Muses material and a thrillingly raucous self-titled album, issued in March 2003 in tandem with Kristin’s sixth, wholly acoustic solo set The Grotto. Never one to rest on her laurels, she also formed the blistering power-trio 50 Foot Wave, with Bernard and drummer Rob Ahlers.
Let’s leave the band with the last word on this release… “It’s beautiful and substantial, thanks to awesome David Narcizo / Lakuna Design – a chunky, 28 page hardcover booklet and two CDs – one CD consisting of a hand-selected retrospective track-list by Kristin, David and Bernard, and on the other the collected b-sides, including the original Lonely is an Eyesore version of Fish, the long-lost Hillbilly and the original version of Back Road (Matter of Degrees). And yes, the release will be supported by Throwing Muses live dates.”
Thanks to All Music Guide and Wikipedia
Garoux Des Larmes
Hate My Way
No Way In Hell
Bright Yellow Gun
Pretty Or Not
Cry Baby Cry
Cry Baby Cry
City of the Dead
Ride into the Sun
Like a Dog
Back Road (Matter Of Degrees)