Country United Kingdom

Style Melodic Rock/AOR/Rock


King Swamp was a British rock band, consisting of Walter Wray (vocals), Dave Allen (bass), Steve Halliwell (keyboards), Dominic Miller (guitar), and Martyn Barker (drums). The band was formed in 1988 in London, after Allen and Barker had parted ways withShriekback and recruited Wray as frontman. Halliwell and Mike Cozzi (featured on the second album) were also ex Shriekback members. King Swamp’s first single, “Is This Love?”, reached number 21 on Billboard’s Album Rock chart. The band released two albums plus several singles.

Their self-titled debut album originally released in May 1989, the album was well received by critics. But, its failure to peak even in the top-150 on the Billboard 200 proved to be a bad omen. When their second album failed to chart anywhere in the U.S. or the U.K., the band split up. Despite the failure of the album to find a commercial audience, it did have the unique distinction of being featured on the 1980s TV show Miami Vice. The track ‘Year Zero’ was used during the pre-credit car chase sequence of the two-hour finale episode titled ‘Freefall’ (first aired on May 21, 1989).

Wiseblood is the second studio album by King Swamp. Originally released in September 1990, the album was panned by the critics. When the album failed to chart anywhere in the U.S. or the U.K., the band split up. Wray later produced a solo album with Dominic Miller, who later went on to play with Sting (with whom he still plays). Wray and Halliwell are currently part of The Saturday Girls – backing group for Lily Rae, the former’s daughter. They also play in a band named Little Machime.


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– King Swamp [1989]
– Wiseblood [1990]

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