Barbara Manning

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Barbara Manning
Born (1964-12-12) December 12, 1964 (age 50)
San Diego, California, United States
Genres indie rock, alternative rock
Years active 1984–present
Labels Heyday Records
Normal Records
Feel Good All Over Records
Matador Records
Communion Label Records
Forced Exposure Records
Majora Records
Teenbeat Records
Supermodern Records[1]

Barbara Manning (born December 12, 1964 in San Diego, California)[2][3] is an American indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.


In addition to her solo career, Manning has been active in a number of bands, including 28th Day (with Cole Marquis), World of Pooh, S.F. Seals and The Go-Luckys!.[4]

In addition to being a highly regarded songwriter, Manning has distinguished herself as an interpreter of other writers' songs. Artists she has covered include The Bats ("Smoking Her Wings"), Richard Thompson ("The End of the Rainbow"), Badfinger ("Baby Blue"), Jackson Browne ("These Days"), The Verlaines ("Joed Out"), Portastatic ("Through With People"), Amon Düül ("Marcus Leid"), and Les Paul and Mary Ford ("Blow The Smoke Away").

She formed 28th Day, a jangle pop band, with guitarist Cole Marquis and drummer Michael Cloward in 1984.[5] The group recorded a mini album, in 1985 at BSU/Army St. Studios, San Francisco, California. Produced by True West's Russ Tolman, the album was released on Bring Out Your Dead/Enigma Records.[6] This band split up in 1986.[7]

Manning sings the opening track, "San Diego Zoo", on the 1995 album Wasps' Nests by Stephin Merritt's side project The 6ths. Her cover of Marianne Faithfull's "The Shalala Song" can be heard in Jon Moritsugu's 1994 film Mod Fuck Explosion.

Barbara is the host of a weekly radio program called Radio Detour on the Chico, CA listener supported station KZFR. She is also currently playing in a new rock four-piece called The Sleaze Tax.

Partial discography[8][edit]

Solo discography[edit]



  • One Perfect Green Blanket (CD edition of first two albums)
  • Under One Roof: Singles and Oddities (2000)
  • Super Scissors (2007 - Disc Two is a re-issue of One Perfect Green Blanket with previously unreleased bonus tracks. Disc Three is entirely previously unreleased outtakes and demos)



The Go-Luckys![edit]

  • Homeless Where the Heart Is (1999)
  • You Should Know By Now (2001)
  • Enjoy the Lonely Time (2006)

The 6ths[edit]

  • Wasps' Nest. Vocals for single San Diego Zoo (1995)

Glands Of External Secretion[edit]

  • Northern Exposure Will Be Right Back LP, Starlight Furniture Company (1995)

S.F. Seals[edit]


  • Nowhere (Matador Records - 1994)
  • Truth Walks in Sleepy Shadows(Matador Records - 1995)


  • The Baseball Trilogy (Matador Records - 1993)
  • Nowherica b/w Being Cheated (SubPop Records - 1993)
  • Inside Dave's Garage Volume Five (Split 7 with The Dambuilders - Radiopaque Recordings - 1994)
  • Still? b/w Don't Underestimate Me (Matador Records - 1994)
  • Ipecac (Matador Records - 1995)

Barbara Manning with Flophouse[edit]

  • Before We Go Under b/w I love You a Thousand Ways 7‐inch single, TeenBeat Records (1992)

Barbara Manning & Seymour Glass[edit]

  • February 8, 1992 7‐inch e.p., Majora Records (1992)

World of Pooh[edit]

  • The Land of Thirst (LP - Nuff Sed Records - 1989)
  • G.H.M. b/w Someone Wants You Dead (7‐inch single - K Records - 1990)
  • A Trip to Your Tonsils (EP - Nuff Sed Records - 1991)

28th Day[edit]


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