The Raincoats

The Raincoats were an English avant-pop/folk band from London that released three albums, interspersed with standalone singles, on Rough Trade between 1979 and 1984. The first album features original Slits drummer Palmolive and includes the track “Adventures Close to Home”, recorded by both bands. Bassist Gina Birch was concurrently involved in the 1979–81 incarnation of American avant-rockers Red Crayola. Violinist Vicky Aspinal is also heard on albums from the period by Tuxedomoon, Lindsay Cooper, and The New Age Steppers.

Members: Ana da Silva (vocals, guitar), Gina Birch (bass, vocals), Ross Crighton (guitar, 1977), Nicky Turner (drums, 1977), Kate Korus (guitar, 1977), Jeremie Frank (guitar, 1977), Richard Dudanski (drums, 1977), Patrick Keiller (guitar, 1977), Vicky Aspinall (violin, guitar, 1978-84), Palmolive (drums, 1978-79), Ingrid Weiss (drums, 1979-80)


  • “Fairytale in the Supermarket” (1979)
  • The Raincoat” (1979)
  • Odyshape (1981)
  • “Running Away” / “No One’s Little Girl” (1982)
  • Moving (1984)

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