Birch, Gina (1956–)

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Birch, Gina (1956–)

English musician. Name variations: The Raincoats. Born 1956 in England.

Played bass and sang for English punk group, the Raincoats, an all-girl band formed in London (1977) with singer-guitarist Ana Da Silva, violinist Vicky Aspinall, and former Slits drummer Palmolive; with group, opened for punk group Chelsea (1978) and recorded 1st single, "Fairytale in the Supermarket" (1979); also released Odyshape (1981), toured US, recorded Kitchen Tapes (1983) and Moving, then disbanded (1984); after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain released all 3 Raincoat albums on band label DGC, reunited with Da Silva for US East Coast tour (1994), then released Extended Play (1995) and Looking in the Shadows (1996).