Figures on a Beach

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Figures on a Beach
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres New wave, synthpop, pop rock
Years active 1981–1991
Labels Sire
Past members Anthony Kaczynski
Christopher Ewen
John Richard Rolski
Michael Smith
Perry Tell
Ricci Ara

Figures on a Beach was a 1980s musical band that played in a style that drew influences from new wave, techno and pop music.


Figures on a Beach was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in the early 1980s from the ashes of the band Razor 1922. The group was composed of vocalist Anthony Kaczynski, guitarist John "Rik" Rolski, keyboardist Christopher Ewen, bassist Perry Tell and drummer, multimedia designer, animator and illustrator Michael "Smitty" Smith. The group recorded an independent EP, Swimming in 1983, and the Don Was-produced single "Breathless" in 1984.

Figures moved to Boston in 1985 and was signed by Seymour Stein of Sire Records soon afterward. They released their first full-length album in 1987, titled Standing on Ceremony. A self-titled LP (Figures on a Beach) followed in 1989, containing a minor hit cover of Bachman–Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and a single titled "Accidentally 4th Street (Gloria)". The group disbanded in 1991.

Chris Ewen went on to form Future Bible Heroes, a collaboration with Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson from The Magnetic Fields. Kaczynski also performed Merritt's vocals on Future Bible Heroes' 2013 tour, which Merritt opted to skip.

Anthony Kaczynski and Michael Smith went on to form Fireking.

"Accidentally 4th Street (Gloria)" was covered by The Echoing Green on the band's self-titled album.


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1989 "Accidentally 4th Street (Gloria)" - 14 - - Figures on a Beach
1989 "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" 67 - - - Figures on a Beach



  • Paradise And Other Four Letter Words (Metro America, 1985)
  • Standing On Ceremony (Sire, 1987)
  • Figures on a Beach (Sire, 1989)


  • Swimming EP (Metro America, 1983)
  • "Breathless" (Metro America, 1984)
  • "In Camera Obscura/Paradise" (Metro America, 1985)
  • "No Stars" (Sire, 1987)
  • "Accidentally 4th St. (Gloria)" (Sire, 1989)
  • "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Sire, 1989)

Pertinent compilations[edit]

  • Just Say Yes.. (Sire, 1987)
  • Just Say Mao (Sire, 1989)

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