1987's "Children of God" was a big leap forward, one which bridged the gap between the brutal heaviness and the more experimental side of Swans (which became prominent in their later career in the 90's). It also featured more frequent contribution from their 2nd vocalist Jarboe.
In 1996 they released their magnum opus "Soundtracks for the Blind". A mammoth double album that inspired countless late 90's and 00's post rock bands. Most notably the hipster adored Godspeed You Black Emperor! Who have made a career out of milking and watering down the sound created by Swans. They do it well all things considered, but if you want the real thing kids... pick up Soundtracks for the Blind.
Swans broke up in 1997 but Michael Gira (going back on his word) has since reformed the band in 2010, and with a slew of additional musicians released the spectacular comeback album "My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky" to well deserved critical acclaim.
- Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death/Godflesh/Jesu)
2. (noun) Slang term for a female who was once unattractive but somehow became very attractive (referencing the "Ugly Duckling" story).
Crap, that swan's not backing off, it's still coming at me...Screw this, I don't want to get beaten up by a bird!
2. Wow, remember when that girl was really ugly? She's such a swan.
also used as a verb, swanned, the act of turning from an ugly duckiling to a beautiful swan.
-Yea, since she lost her braces, glasses, and back-brace, she's a total swan.