Various Failures

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Various Failures
Swans Various Failures.jpg
Compilation album by Swans
Released 1999
Recorded 1988-1992
Genre Experimental rock, post-rock, art rock
Length 153:54
Label Young God Records
Swans chronology
Swans Are Dead
Various Failures
Cop/Young God Greed/Holy Money (1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Various Failures is a compilation album by American post-rock band Swans. It was released in 1999 and contains tracks from White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Love of Life, The Burning World, and The World of Skin's Ten Songs From Another World. In addition, it contains B-sides, rarities, and previously unreleased tracks.[1][2][2][3]

The CD was re-released in 2000 but disc two (Red CD) of the 2000 edition dropped "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe version)" and "New Mind (acoustic version)". "The Sound Of Freedom" and "Saved" was added to disk two instead.

The only unreleased tracks (besides some songs that have been faded in/out) are a longer version of "Why Are We Alive", a different version of "Unfortunate Lie (instrumental version)" and a demo version of "When She Breathes" (poor recording quality). "New Mind (acoustic version)" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe version)" had never been previously available on CD.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one (Yellow CD; Young God Records 1999)
No. Title Length
1. "Miracle of Love"   6:25
2. "Black Eyed Dog"   3:59
3. "The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed by the Sea"   5:09
4. "Untitled" (track five from Love of Life) 2:07
5. "I Remember Who You Are"   4:24
6. "Her"   5:23
7. "No Cruel Angel"   4:28
8. "When She Breathes"   4:31
9. "Why Are We Alive?"   6:05
10. "The Child's Right"   3:35
11. "Untitled" (track sixteen from Love of Life) 1:03
12. "The Other Side of the World"   4:39
13. "Song For Dead Time (M.Gira Version)"   4:34
14. "Love Will Save You"   6:05
15. "Blind"   4:31
16. "Unfortunate Lie (Instrumental Version)"   2:20
17. "Was He Ever Alive?"    
Disc two (Red CD; Young God Records 1999)
No. Title Length
1. "Failure"   6:19
2. "Identity"   5:35
3. "Can't Find My Way Home"   4:48
4. "Trust Me"   4:19
5. "Better Than You"   5:58
6. "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe Version)"   3:44
7. "Will We Survive"   5:56
8. "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes"   1:17
9. "God Damn the Sun"   4:21
10. "Eyes of Nature"   4:40
11. "You Know Everything"   4:26
12. "Song for Dead Time (Jarboe Version)"   4:59
13. "Picture of Maryanne"   4:22
14. "Amnesia"   3:42
15. "Dream Dream"   5:32
16. "Please Remember Me"   4:48
17. "New Mind (Acoustic Version)"   3:26


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Various Failures 1988-1992". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Various Failures". Satan Stole My Teddybear. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Various Failures". Brainwashed. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 

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