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What's this fanlisting thing all about and why would I want to do it?
A fanlisting is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It's a list if fans that spans across the internet, thus linking fans and similar minds together by a common interest.  It's a way of displaying your unhealthy obsessions, or worshippy status of a particular person, place, thing or concept. If you adore Switchblade Symphony, chances are you want to show your love by being listed, and if you have a site---by placing a code on your page. If not...shame on you!! :P

Who's Switchblade Symphony?
Ummm, if you're actually wondering who they are, then you might not want to go rushing around and getting all join-y before you've actually heard some of their music. There's a pretty comprehensive discography on the imagemap, and if you're ultra lazy you can click here.


Once upon a time in the year 1989, operatically-trained Tina Root and film scorer Susan Wallace met through San Francisco's goth music network.  They saw in each other what was missing in their current projects, and a new collaboration was born.  Together, Tina's vocals and Susan's keyboards and programming made for a wickedly dramatic mix, one which they described as different musical styles cut up and reassembled...or a Switchblade Symphony.


Early on, Switchblade Symphony won a dedicated local following and sold self-released cassettes at shows.  But when Cleopatra Records signed Switchblade Symphony to release their first full-length album, Tina and Susan were on their way to becoming the darlings of the darkwave scene.  1995's Serpentine Gallery, with its lush layers and industrial beats, gained the band critical acclaim and tour dates with Christian Death.


In 1997 Bread & Jam for Frances was released, marking a new path for Switchblade Symphony, both in terms of members and sound.  Tina and Susan remained at the core of the group and introduced drum loops and samples into their repetoire.  They continued to tour both on their own and with acts such as Frontline Assembly, Gary Numan and legends Sisters of Mercy.
Touted as a fusion of Switchblade Symphony's earlier, darker work and their later experimentalism, 1999's Three Calamities may also be their final album.  The latest news is that while they have not officially broken up, they are on hold for the moment.  The last thing Switchblade Symphony has released to date is a cover of 'Lucky Star' for a Madonna tribute album.

[bio kindly taken from lisa christine's 'attic'.]

More on Switchblade Symphony:

Switchblade Symphony, a compelling union of chemistry and circuitry, was formed in San Francisco in 1989 by composer Susan Wallace and vocalist Tina Root. These talented artists took dreamy, dark visual imagery, the poetry of alienation, and the timeless romance and grandeur of classical and theatrical styles of music, and layered these elements over dynamic heavy beat industrial and lush electronica to create a unique and vivid auditory tapestry Their intense, theatrical live performances in San Francisco and self-released cassettes created a buzz in the underground alternative scene. Their first full-length album, Serpentine Gallery, debuted in 1995 on Cleopatra Records and attracted the attention of the underground music press. In 1996, the band embarked on their first U.S. tour, with labelmates Christian Death and Big Electric Cat. George Earth joined them as their live guitarist, and Eric Gebow as their live drummer. Switchblade Symphony soon found themselves at the forefront of the alternative darkwave movement which noticed a visible, high profile resurfacing in the 90s. 

For their spring, 1997 tour, Switchblade Symphony released Scrapbook, a fans only EP of out of print material from their early demos. Their highly anticipated second album, Bread and Jam for Frances, was released on September 16, 1997. It took a different direction from Serpentine Gallery, incorporating aspects of trip hop, drum n' bass, and experimental. Once again, their album received lavish praise, garnering features in Alternative Press, Industrial Nation, the L.A. Times, Seconds, BAM, and Ink 9, just to name a few. Their fall 1997 tour in support of the album was highly successful. In 1998, the band began work on their third release, The Three Calamities, but were temporarily halted when personally asked by labelmate Gary Numan to open up for him on a three-month, sold out, stateside tour. The following spring saw them touring with Frontline Assembly. The Three Calamitieswas released on May 25, 1999. Taking an atmospheric approach, it steps further into the line of experimentation. This latest effort showcases the production talent of Gregory Butler. The band recorded each track on a new state of the art digital 24 track system which was then taken to Daniel Lanois' EL TEATRO studio in Oxnard, CA. The tracks were then transferred to the studio's world class analog decks and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Mark Howard. The end result is a sonic palette rich in maturity and aural textures that have defined such artists as Massive Attack and Portishead. With each new release came a new approach, a Switchblade Symphony trademark. Switchblade Symphony broke up in November, 1999. Singer Tina Root has been concentrating on her solo project, Tré Lux, while live guitarist George Earth has been focusing on his solo project, Candymachine88.


Tina and George have continued to collaborate on several songs, including a cover of Mr. Self Destruct for Cleopatra's tribute to Nine Inch Nails.
Sinister Nostalgia, a Switchblade Symphony remix collection, was released in June, 2001.