The Raincoats - The Raincoats (40th Anniversary Edition)


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November 2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of The Raincoats’ self-titled debut album - one of the most important, and consistently influential, albums to come out of punk.

In 1979, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be - an act of raw expression, not any one sound. Their anarchy was poetic. The group’s debut album The Raincoats, which Kurt Cobain called “wonderfully classic scripture”, was released 40 years ago by Rough Trade Records at its radical beginnings, setting a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY context. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this album, the band's own label, We ThRee, are releasing a special edition on 180g marble vinyl, limited to 1000 copies, which include art prints by Ana da Silva and Gina Birch.

The Raincoats is one of those perfect debut albums, full of vision and promise, scratchy, fun, angry, delicate, rough, discordant, catchy, poetic and shambolic. It never gets old, and the energy is contagious and inspiring. 

Offering creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists, both directly and indirectly, The Raincoats commitment to, and championing of, DIY punk for four decades is almost unique, and has seen them be the continuous thread from first-wave punk, through riot grrrl, to the current queer-feminist scene.


“I really don’t know much about The Raincoats except that they recorded some music that has affected me so much that whenever I hear it I’m reminded of a particular time in my life when I was (shall we say) extremely unhappy, lonely and bored. If it weren’t for the luxury of putting on that scratchy copy of The Raincoats’ first record, I would have had very few moments of peace” - Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

“It was The Raincoats I related to most. They seemed like ordinary people playing extraordinary music. Music that was natural that made room for cohesion of personalities. They had enough confidence to be vulnerable and to be themselves without having to take on the mantle of male rock/punk rock aggression…or the typical female as sex symbol avec irony or sensationalism” - Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth


  1. Fairytale In The Supermarket
  2. No Side To Fall In
  3. Adventures Close To Home
  4. Off Duty Trip
  5. Black And White
  6. Lola
  7. The Void
  8. Life On The Line
  9. You’re A Million
  10. In Love
  11. No Looking


Special edition LP pressed on 180g marble vinyl; includes art prints by Ana da Silva and Gina Birch; limited to 1000 copies; includes download card.

The standard version of this album is also available on LP and CD. Click here...

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