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Influential, powerful and ground breaking, this collection features four of the top icon-shattering Gotham City's no-wavers like James Chance (Contortions), Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori (DNA), Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus) and Sumner Crane (Mars).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Contortions: Dish It Out
  2. The Contortions: Flip Your Face
  3. The Contortions: Jaded
  4. The Contortions: I Can't Stand Myself
  5. Teenage Jesus And The Jerks: Burning Rubber
  6. Teenage Jesus And The Jerks: The Closet
  7. Teenage Jesus And The Jerks: Red Alert
  8. Teenage Jesus And The Jerks: Woke Up Dreaming
  9. Mars: Helen Forsdale
  10. Mars: Hairwaves
  11. Mars: Tunnel
  12. Mars: Puerto Rican Ghost
  13. DNA: Egomaniac's Kiss
  14. DNA: Lionel
  15. DNA: Not Moving
  16. DNA: Size


Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lilith
  • ASIN: B000B63IS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is legendary. So much so there was a Yes L.A. album about 1981 with X and some other bands on nice clear vinyl. Somehow when Eno produced the music here of all 4 bands he was able to have them make clearly their own music, ie, a good producer who enhances the band's qualities rather than try to contort them for mass consumption or to the producer's musical style.

As with all great punk compilations this is really the equivilent of 4 great eps. There is not a weak song on this comp. If you listen to the entire catalogs of each band I think it's fair to say this is the best stuff each band ever did, although I'm not gonna make a big deal about it particularly because each band also did marvelous other releases. TEENAGE JESUS and the JERKS, DNA and Mars each ended up only doing another half hour to an hour's worth of music, all together on some 12"s and 7"s and, come to think of it, none of the three of them even did one album (not counting the reissue albums of recent years that are a collection of their 7"s, eps, 12"s and compilation trax).

Of course, JAMES CHANCE and the CONTORTIONS/JAMES WHITE and the BLACKS did a number of albums over the years, mainly in the 80's and, if you ask me, the earliest ones were the best.

Sure, this isn't hardcore punk. It's not anything I ever heard come out of England or any other punk producing country either (Spain, Finland, Italy, Brasil, Japan, Australia, Canada and, of course, the U.S. among others). This album is filled with that high falutin' high class, sophisticated attitude. It's a New York thing baby. In punk, as in rock 'n roll before big corporate music companies homogonized the U.S.
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No sensible person will try to tell you No Wave is easy to listen to. It was pioneering, impassioned, loud. Obnoxious, at times. It screeches, offends, interrupts itself. There is no way this movement could have lasted any longer than it did.

If none of that sounds unpleasant to you, buy this album. It is fantastic music for those who don't mind a little noise. A snapshot in time of a transitional movement that could very easily have been lost to the underground scene that created it. It is a sound destined to be fleeting, but well worth saving for posterity.
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This reissue is actually a remix. Russian label thought the original LP wasn't shrill enough, so they boosted the high end along with volume. Points for conceptual continuity (music as aural assault) but more treble was the wrong way to go: I just wanted to shut it off. Too bad, because the foldout photos are great, and the booklet has complete lyrics in English.

Some critic described No Wave as "music for people who hate music" and this seems true. Appreciation requires shutting down most of your normal human responses to music. This experiment died because it reached the end of a certain idea about punk rock. It's arty and painful, solipsistic on purpose, expression without empathy. Where could it go? Great book about this period: Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984.
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This is my 5th or 6th copy of this album. 1st time I bought it was in 1979. It's 1 of the CDs I'll either wear out or misplace since I refer to it often. The 4 bands represented here are amazing and do some of the most highly-original-sounding music I've ever heard in my life.
This is a nice copy. It's my 1st CD copy that has ever had a 3-pane foldout cover. MY ONLY COMPLAINT is that this edition of the album has no lyrics sheet. The lyrics to this particular album are an essential part of the experience. Leaving out the lyrics sheet is an egregious oversight on the part of those responsible for releasing this edition of "No New York". The bands and the music, I rate a solid 5 STARS, easily. The packaging of this edition, as sumptuous as it is, gets 2 points out of 5 off for leaving out the lyrics sheet.
Sitting down with the LP of this and reading the words to the songs as I listened, was mind-blowing, and has gone down as one of my most memorable life experiences.
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Let's review. If Eno hadn't produced this album, would it have sounded this good? Dunno, but gotta guess, not. One can assume that he was able to detect the heart of their best sound and get it in the studio onto this record. Thanks man.

DNA is the classic trio with Arto Lindsay who went on to Brasilian Bosa Nova, beautiful male voiced twinge of crazy git-dom, enough to keep making records every 2 years or so. But in DNA he battered his guitar, the Asian gal on bass sang her guts out and R.L. Crutchfield (right?) played drums and did a mean album or so of his own back in the day. Worth finding and hearing. But as a band, DNA only did like two 7"s and a 12". They've recently released a best of CD and had a Japanese CD release of their last CBGB's gig. Almost painful guitar sound but any fan of TEENAGE JESUS and the JERKS would love it. I still do.

Speakin' of which, Lydia Lunch did her best (only?) guitar work with TJatJ's on every song they ever released. They're famed for only doing like five minute gigs. They lived fast and died young (as a band). I've always considered her guitar work with this band to be the ultimate punk guitar sound. Really quite grating but enjoyable, if, well, yer a bit of a nut and like yer music hard but don't have to have it be hardcore.

JAMES CHANCE and the CONTORTIONS (or is he JAMES WHITE and the BLACKS on this album? I forget) does some of his tighest stuff ever on this album and his band is known for bein' super tight. Funk/sax/attitude with Lydia Lunch in the band which only helps (I assume she's in it on this album).

The album is worth it strictly for these three bands. You could stop there. They'd be three perfect 7" releases. But, no, there's more. MARS.
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