Mission of Burma

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: post-punk punk indie rock indie seen live alternative Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Once cited as ‘the ultimate collision of punk and pop’, this Boston, Massachusetts, USA-based band was compared by other commentators to the UK’s art terrorists Wire. Certainly, they invoked a similar level of rapture among US critics and, much like Wire, self-consciously avoided the glare of the mainstream. The original line-up of Clint Conley (bass/vocals), Peter Prescott (drums/vocals), and Roger Miller (guitar/vocals) were greatly influential for a number of more commercially viable outfits. They formed in 1979, when Miller and Conley moved to Boston from Ann Arbor and New York, respectively. They briefly put together Moving Parts before joining with resident Bostonian Prescott. Burma kicked off with supports for the UK’s Gang Of Four. These went well and the Leeds funksters continued to sponsor them early in their development. They would split in March 1983, due to Miller’s aggravated tinnitus, after a career that embraced well-defined...

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