Celebrity Lifestyle

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"Celebrity Lifestyle"
Single by Swans
from the album The Great Annihilator
Released October 24, 1995
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock, noise rock, gothic rock
Length 13:16
Label InvisibleINV 036
Writer(s) Michael Gira
Producer(s) Michael Gira
Swans singles chronology
"Celebrity Lifestyle"

Celebrity Lifestyle is a song by American no wave band Swans, from the band's ninth studio album, The Great Annihilator. It was released as the album's lead single on October 24, 1995, via Martin Atkins' Invisible Records.


According to Neva Chonin of The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the song "lays the groundwork for a cutting look at the material dreams."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Aaron Lariviere of Stereogum stated: "Celebrity Lifestyle" is the closest they'd get to mainstream alternative rock, but leave it to Gira to tart things up with a line like "She's just a drug addiction, and a self-reflecting image of a narcotized mind."[2] Coreen Wolanski of Exclaim! compared the song to the works of Sonic Youth, another no wave contemporary from the New York scene. She also noted " the layers of heavy, driving guitars."[3] NME also commented that "Celebrity Lifestyle" reveals Mad Mike G maintaining his top form of recent years," while humorously criticizing and mocking the song's lyrics.[4] Ben Donelly of Dusted Magazine stated that "the single seemed an awful lot like a Kim Gordon outtake, playing catchup with peers who’d scratched the mainstream."[5]

In his review for the band's 2012 live album, We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head, Tiny Mix Tapes reviewer Paul Haney compared the song to a live track, "The Apostle," writing: "Obvious parallels to The Great Annihilator’s “Celebrity Lifestyle” may spring to mind, and indeed, there is a certain gothic resonance to the affair."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Gira

Celebrity Lifestyle
No. Title Length
1. "Celebrity Lifestyle"   4:07
2. "Mother/Father"   4:04
3. "You Know Everything" (Reprise 1990) 5:05
Total length:



  1. ^ Chonin, Neva (25 January 1995–31). "Swans - Great Annihilator review". The San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Lariviere, Aaron (Nov 9, 2012). "Swans Albums From Worst To Best". Stereogum. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Wolanski, Coreen (July 2002). "Swans - The Great Annihilator". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swans: Celebrity Lifestyle (Invisible) - NME review". NME. 
  5. ^ Donelly, Ben (August 27, 2012). "Swans - The Seer". Dusted. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Haney, Paul. "Swans - We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 

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