BioDuring Mission Of Burma's brief tenure, circa '79-'83 they released one album, one EP and two singles for Ace Of Hearts, all of which were later reissued on CD by Rykodisc. Demo recordings were later released in less impressive form by the Taang! label.
Though they'd share stages with the likes of Sonic Youth, Pere Ubu, Gang Of Four, Black Flag and other icons of the rock underground's golden era, Mission Of Burma never quite achieved the worldwide popularity of the names mentioned above. Poor timing had much to do with it – the group disbanded in early '83 as guitarist Miller's tinnitus condition worsened.
Mission Of Burma pulled the plug right on the brink of critical and commercial acceptance, and since the split, their musical influence has taken on mythic form. The number of bands who have cited Burma's influence is in obverse proportion to the group's record sales in 1983 – and it would not be an exaggeration to say they've had more of a media presence during their hibernation than during their initial existence, helped in some portion by old Burma classics being covered by the likes of REM, Moby, Blur's Graham Coxon and Syd Straw, among others.
In 2001, the founding members of Mission Of Burma – Roger Miller, Clint Conley and Peter Prescott, with Bob Weston replacing Swope – began performing together again for the first time since 1983. Subsequent shows in Boston, New York, London, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington DC unveiled a frighteningly contemporary band whose sonic palette has only grown during the layoff. Still suffering from tinnitus, Roger Miller keeps the volume on high but wears firing-range headphones and takes other precautions onstage so as not to compromise the intensity for fans.