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As I slowly meander through the book Our Band Could Be Your Life, I’ve been revisiting my collection of 1980s alt rock.

The book profiles a bunch a indie rockers of the late 70s/early 80s including many of my personal favourites… like Mission of Burma.

What’s neat about the book so far is that many of the bands’ stories share common threads, inspiration and hardships.

I have noticed that more than one of the bands found some inspiration in an artistic movement of the early 1900s called Dada.

Mission of Burma was definitely the “arty” of the early alt. rock bands and their first single “Academy Fight Song” was backed with “Max Ernst.”

The real Max Ernst was a German painter who was part of the Dada movement of the 1920s when we left the trenches of the World War One.

A lot of Dada art was a reaction to nationalism, war and capitalism.  The picture at the top of this blog post is called “Murdering Airplane” and Max painted it in 1919.

Mission of Burma must have been into the art and expressions of Max Ernst as they would later revisit Max with their 2002 song “Max Ernst’s Dream.”

Mission of Burma – “Max Ernst”

Download MP3 >> mission_of_burma_max_ernst

Nice, I love the tape-loop at the end of the band going “dada dada dada dada.”

Go with yourself.

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