King Swamp

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King Swamp
Origin London, England
Genres Rock
Years active 1988–1990
Labels Virgin
Past members Walter Wray
Dave Allen
Steve Halliwell
Dominic Miller
Martyn Barker
Mike Cozzi

King Swamp was a British rock band,consisting of Walter Wray (vocals), Dave Allen (bass), Steve Halliwell (keyboards), Dominic Miller (guitar), and Martyn Barker (drums).[1] The band was formed in 1988 in London, after Allen and Barker had parted ways with Shriekback and recruited Wray as frontman. Halliwell and Mike Cozzi (featured on the second album) were also ex-Shriekback members.

King Swamp's first single, "Is This Love?", reached number 21 on the Billboard Album Rock chart. The band released two albums plus several singles before disbanding in 1990 after their second studio album, Wiseblood, failed to chart anywhere in the U.S. or the U.K. and was panned by critics.

Wray later produced a solo album with Dominic Miller, who later played with Sting.

Wray and Halliwell are part of The Saturday Girls, the backing group for Lily Rae, the former's daughter. They also play in a band named Little Machine, which puts music to poetry and have performed with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy



  • King Swamp (1989)
  • Wiseblood (1990) [additional guitars provided by Mike Cozzi and Nick Lashley]


  • "Is This Love?" (1989)
  • "One Step Over the Line" (1989)
  • "Blown Away" (1990)


  1. ^ Allan, Mark. King Swamp at AllMusic

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