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OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
Years active1993–1999
LabelsEastwest Records
Island Records
Associated actsAnnetenna, Autolux
Past membersAnne Preven
Scott Cutler
Rusty Anderson
Paul Bushnell
Scot Coogan
Carla Azar

Ednaswap was a rock band from Los Angeles, United States, that existed between 1993 and 1998. Over a span of five years, the band released four major label records on East West, Elektra Records and Island Records.

The band is best known for the song "Torn", which was written by band members Scott Cutler, Anne Preven and Phil Thornalley and first recorded by Danish artist Lis Sørensen. It later appeared on Ednaswap's debut album and has been covered many times since then, by artists such as Trine Rein, Natalie Imbruglia, Tori Amos, Hands Like Houses, Neck Deep, One Direction, and Phoebe Bridgers.


In 1993, songwriters Scott Cutler and Anne Preven invited Rusty Anderson and Paul Bushnell to join their new band, Ednaswap. Frontwoman Anne Preven came up with the band's name after she dreamed she was in a band of the same name that was so bad they were booed off-stage.[1]

Soon after recording an acoustic demo, the band was signed with the EastWest label. Ednaswap's self-titled 1995 album was the band's only record for EastWest, and the album was never put into wide release. Ednaswap was released from their contract after the album was out. The band was immediately signed by Island Records. During this time, they briefly called themselves Edna Swap rather than Ednaswap.

"Torn", one of the tracks from their first full-length album to be put into wide release, 1997's Wacko Magneto, was covered by Natalie Imbruglia, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart and number one on airplay around the world. It was number one on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks. The single went on to sell over a million copies in the United Kingdom alone. However, Imbruglia's version of the song failed to stir up interest in the group's third (and final) LP, 1998's Wonderland Park, and Ednaswap subsequently disbanded on April 12, 1999.[2][3]

Like many bands, Ednaswap's sound evolved with nearly every release. Their self-titled debut could be best described as Post-grunge, but Chicken and Wacko Magneto were unquestionably grungy Hard rock with some similarities to Veruca Salt and Live Through This-era Hole. Wacko was also described by one reviewer as a "Sex Pistols, Mick Ronson, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix smoothie". Wonderland Park further altered their sound. It was an extremely melodic Pop rock album with some harder edges than most, again similar to Hole in both musical direction and timing. Before their dissolution, the band stated that they could have easily seen a return to the hardness of Wacko Magneto, and while no songs were ever recorded after Wonderland Park to back up this statement, Annetenna's work showed an even more polished Pop sound than Wonderland Park.


Former members


Ednaswap discography
Studio albums3

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
1995 Ednaswap
1997 Wacko Magneto
1998 Wonderland Park
  • Released: August 18, 1998
  • Label: Island Records (#524532)
  • Formats: CD, CS

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
1996 Chicken
  • Label: Island Records (#531059)
  • Formats: CD, LP


Year Single Album
1995 "Glow" Ednaswap
1997 "Clown Show" Wacko Magneto
"Back on the Sun" Wonderland Park


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason, Ednaswap Biography, All Music Guide, archived from the original on 2007-08-25, retrieved 2009-01-19
  2. ^ Ednaswap Biography, retrieved 2009-01-19
  3. ^ Artist Direct - Ednaswap, retrieved 2009-01-19
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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