Vs. (Mission of Burma album)

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Studio album by Mission of Burma
Released 1982
Recorded January–April, 1982 at Normandy Sound, Warren, Rhode Island, United States
Genre Post-punk, art punk
Length 41:30
Label Ace of Hearts
Producer Richard W. Harte
Mission of Burma chronology
Signals, Calls, and Marches
The Horrible Truth About Burma

Vs. is the debut studio album by American post-punk band Mission of Burma. It was released in 1982, through record label Ace of Hearts.


Vs. features a rougher, more difficult sound than the band's debut release, the EP Signals, Calls, and Marches. It is the only full studio album the band released during the 1980s, as soon afterward they disbanded due to Roger Miller's worsening tinnitus.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Roger Miller, except as noted. 

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Secrets"     3:22
2. "Train"   Clint Conley 3:31
3. "Trem Two"     4:10
4. "New Nails"     3:00
5. "Dead Pool"   Conley 4:05
6. "Learn How"   Peter Prescott 3:56
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mica"   Conley, Holly Anderson 3:34
2. "Weatherbox"     3:29
3. "The Ballad of Johnny Burma"     2:00
4. "Einstein's Day"     4:34
5. "Fun World"     3:40
6. "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate"   Conley 2:04
Note: The Matador Definitive Edition CD has the same bonus tracks, but they are in a different order: "Laugh the World Away", "Forget", Progress", "OK/No Way".

Critical reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Pitchfork 9.5/10[3]

AllMusic opined that Vs. saw Mission of Burma "[mature] into a band whose sound was as distinctive as anyone of its generation. [...] It's daunting to imagine just how far Mission of Burma could have taken its music had Roger Miller's hearing problems not caused the band to break up the following year, but regardless of lost potential, very few American bands from the 1980s released an album as ambitious or as powerful as Vs."[1]


The album ranked at number 49 on Pitchfork Media's list of the one hundred greatest albums of the 1980s.[4]


Mission of Burma
  • Richard W. Harte – production
  • John Kiehl – engineering
  • Holly Anderson – cover and sleeve design
  • Diane Bergamasco – sleeve photography


  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Vs. – Mission of Burma : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Mission of Burma". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Masters, Marc (March 24, 2008). "Mission of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches / Vs. / The Horrible Truth About Burma | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Dahlen, Chris (November 20, 2002). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1980s | Features | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 

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