Even though I prefer bassist Clint Conley’s more anthemic songs from this band (like the obvious choices of “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate”, purchase “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” and “Academy Fight Song”), it’s “Outlaw”, found on the 1981 “Signals, Calls and Marches” EP that’s my favorite, featuring one of the most swirly, strange riffs in all of post-punkdom.

Here we have a handful of songs from two separate early ’80s live appearances on Boston’s WERS-FM, which was a tireless champion of MoB back in the day, plus as a bonus a band interview recorded at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, in 1982. Quite a shame to think that outside of their small New England circle, the band were virtually unknown in their heyday, and it’s only now in the 2000s that they can play venues that seat more than a couple of hundred people.

Mission of Burma – early 1980s live appearances, WERS-FM Boston (ZIP file)

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128 Responses to MISSION OF BURMA

  1. Alain says:

    Great stuff… have heard about them for years but never heard them til this. I do think the versions of Red and Revolver are the same performance tho. Still they’re great enuf to hear twice! Thanks

  2. Phill says:

    I agree, the “1982″ performance is the same as the 1981, but I think they’re different recordings. One of the Revolver versions is at the wrong speed, but I don’t know which one. Great stuff, nonetheless!