James Chance & Contortions Reunite!

 

More skronkin’ No Wave
than you can shake Lydia
Lunch’s tailfeather at!

By Fred Mills

 

 

James Chance has
put legendary No Wave combo the Contortions back together for a  gig in New
York this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6pm at
the PS1 Warm Up in Long Island
City (www.ps1.org/warmup) Chance, Robert Aaron, Jody
Harris, Pat Place and Don Christensen will do their first NYC-area show in over a
decade.

 

 

This comes on the heels of the one-off Teenage Jesus and the
Jerks (of which Chance was a founding member) reunion at the Knitting Factory in
June. It’s set to time with the 30th Anniversary of the classic Brian
Eno-produced No New York album
documenting the NYC No Wave scene; sharp-eyed readers will recall that the LP
marked the Contortions’ first recorded appearance. The band plans to perform
all its old “hits” (term used loosely) along with new material being worked up
for a forthcoming album.

 

 

In a statement, James
Chance said that he “would like to dedicate this performance to guitarist Jerry
Agony who died on July 29th. Jerry performed with James White + Blacks and The
Contortions from 1981 – 1997.” 

 

 

Interestingly, there’s been quite a groundswell of attention
of late for the No Wave scene of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s: no less than
three books have been published in the last year, and you can read about them
at the BLURT links below.

 

 

No Wave (by Marc
Masters) and New York Noise (by Stuart Baker and Paula Court)

 

 

No Wave: Post-Punk.
Underground. New York.
1976-1980.
(by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley)

 

 

[Original Contortions photo credit: Kate Simon]

 

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