In 1977, Ana da Silva and Gina Birch formed The Raincoats as two art students in London. They were joined the next year by classically-trained violinist Vicky Aspinall and drummer Palmolive (Paloma Romero, who had recently left the all-female punk group The Slits). “No Side To Fall In” comes from their self-titled debut, released on Rough Trade in 1979, which is great end-to-end and includes an amazing cover of The Kinks’ “Lola”. Palmolive left the band soon after the release of The Raincoats and was replaced by Ingrid Weiss, with whom the band went on to release two great studio LPs: Odyshape in 1981 and Moving in 1983. Also in 1983, the group recorded a live album at the famous downtown New York performance space The Kitchen. It’s all essential, so check it out.

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