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Back in the early ‘80s, when American post-punk bands were creating their legacies (Sonic Youth, Husker Du, X, etc.), Boston’s Mission of Burma were unplugging their guitars for good after releasing one LP, one EP and a couple of singles.) Lo and behold, some 20-plus years later, the band reunited, resulting in an astonishing beginning to Mission of Burma, Part II.  OnOffOn came out the gate with amps turned to 11, just like back in the day, Roger Miller’s guitars raging and clanging with precision and purpose, Clint Conley’s brawny bass percolating and bouncing, and Peter Prescott’s drums just as relentless and solid as they were back when the U.S. was invading Grenada. “The Enthusiast,” “Dirt,” “Fake Blood,” “Fever Moon” ... we could point to staggeringly great things on so many tracks here. The songs were recorded with Bob Weston (who also contributed tape loops and mixing) and original producer for their earlier work on Ace of Hearts Records, Rick Harte. The only original component absent from the party is tape/effects manipulator Martin Swope (who truly retired from music). Perhaps it’s all that history, or just the magic that happens when like minded musical souls get in a room together, but OnOffOn is a testament to great things coming around a second time, and it paved the way for another successful MoB outing a few years later. Long live Mission of Burma!

Customer Reviews


How is it that who hadn't played together in 19 years released an album this good? Somehow Mission of Burma was able to do just that with ONoffON, an album just as good as the classic Vs. From the opening chords of "The Set Up" to the blistering closing track "Absent Mind", this album is nearly perfect. A listen to just "Wounded World", one of their better songs ever, and it's obvious this band hasn't missed a beat. And that is pretty inexplicable.

Great Band - Great Disc

Awesome band. They still sound fresh after all these years. I hope to hear more from them.


the silence must be an 'homage' to the break between programs we used to get when we had to get off our duff and flip the record. you don't pay any extra for it and it's part of the concept. a few listens here indicates this is a strong record. when will we get VS. and HORRIBLE TRUTH?


Formed: 1980 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Of all the punk-inspired bands that came out of Boston in the early '80s, none were better than Mission of Burma. Arty without being too pretentious, capable of writing gripping songs and playing with ferocious intensity, guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, drummer Peter Prescott, and tape head Martin Swope galvanized the city's alternative rock scene, and despite a too-short existence, set...
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