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One of the brightest and most famous projects of the entire punk/new wave scene, No New York was released in 1978 on Island's sub-label Antilles and became a total cult in the Indie scene. Featuring some of the most incredible rule-breaking bands of the underground New York art and music scene, the project, produced by Brian Eno, is a genuine snapshot of the massively creative NYC scene, from which innumerable trends started and became part of the modern pop music as we know it.
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). This is the first time No New York has ever been released on CD in the West. This digipak version includes a detailed booklet.
The musical legacy of this collection runs right from the Swans and Sonic Youth straight through to Glenn Branca, Jon Spencer and all the current crop of New Wave Of No New Wave outfits (such as The Rapture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc..), burning up hipster dance floors worldwide! 16 total tracks. Also available on vinyl.
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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.
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.
Some critic described No Wave as "music for people who hate music" and this seems true. To appreciate it, you have to shut down your normal human responses to music. These bands found the logical end of a certain idea about punk rock - arty and painful, solipsistic on purpose, expression without empathy - and the scene dried up. Where could it go? Great book with a chapter about No Wave: Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984.