THE SWOON made a lot of noise.

In the late 1980s, a cacophonous noise shattered the peace of the great plains. A commotion of drums, guitars, and teenage angst came tumbling out of a Cottonwood, MN garage, staggered about, shook itself off, and called itself THE SWOON. A few short years later, the band vanished without a trace and the prairie hush resumed. This website collects the memories, revisits the noise, and writes the epitaph. If you want SWOON nostalgia or you just kinda like that end-of-the-eighties vibe, subscribe at the bottom of the page.

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No, it’s not a book about getting high off your own stash. “Stash” was the name of one of the characters inhabiting the imaginary world of THE SWOON stories. The name is short for Anastasia, a Greek/Russian name that means “Resurrection.”


THE SWOON recorded “Epiphany” during a live rehearsal in January 1989 along with a batch of other material in preparation for the Neverland recordings. The song never made it to studio.

Sister Mary Francis

How the legend of a witch’s grave inspired THE SWOON’s song “Sister Mary Francis” and Megadeth’s “Mary Jane.”


“Medicine” was in the set list for a long time, and it was one of the songs that we submitted for inclusion in the Neverland project, but it didn’t make the selection for the studio work.


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