Lydia Lunch's Noir Seductions
By Jennifer Kelly
In 1976, a 16-year-old Lydia Lunch began her provocative musical career with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, a band that, along with the
Contortions (whose James Chance was an original Teenage Jesus member), Mars and DNA, defined the nihilist dance aesthetic of no wave.
Short-lived as they were influential, Teenage Jesus disbanded in 1979. Lunch
moved on to projects including Beirut Slump and Eight Eyed Spy, plus collaborations
with Nick Cave and the Birthday Party, Einstürzende
Neubauten, Die Haut, Swans' Michael Gira, Foetus' Jim Thirlwell, Marc
Almond and Thurston Moore. Noise rocker, spoken-word artist, lounge
musician and subversive chanteuse, Lunch brought a fierce intelligence and sly,
up-ending perversity to everything she touched. ...
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