CONTORTIONS - BUY

CONTORTIONS - BUY

LP (12"/10" Album)

Login for pricing & ordering.

 

Label: SUPERIOR VIADUC

Release date: 17/06/2022

Barcode: 0857661008766

Catalog no.: SV0000176

Item ID: 521219

Soon after their 1978 debut on the Brian Eno-produced 'No New York,' a compilation that defined the No Wave scene, James Chance's group Contortions had already evolved - getting sharper, tighter and just plain faster. Despite the loss of keyboardist Adele Bertei and bassist Geoge Scott (who refused to sign a new contract demanded by Chance and his then partner, band manager Anya Phillips) Contortions were firing on all cylinders, and their first full-length album, 1979's 'Buy,' is a marvel of hot-wired energy. Led by the brash yelps and free-sax squawks of Chance, Contortions spit out fiercely rhythmic tunes charged by the wiry guitar lines of Jody Harris and the dizzying slide guitar of Pat Place. With drummer Don Christensen slipping in pointillist beats and David Hofstra's infectious basslines, the songs on 'Buy' crackle with both precision and abandon. Opener 'Designed To Kill' shoots sparks of sound in all directions, while 'Contort Yourself' is a nihilistic dance number wherein Chance instructs listeners to twist into knots, physically and mentally. "It's better than pleasure, it hurts more than pain," he snarls, later imploring, "You better try being stupid instead of smart." Heavily influenced by the showman funk of James Brown (whose 'I Can't Stand Myself' the band had covered on 'No New York'), Contortions coined a downtown dance-punk sound that had immediate influence on subsequent No Wave bands - including Place's Bush Tetras and Bronx trio ESG - as well as the burgeoning disco movement. On 'Buy,' Contortions' self-invented template is imprinted so hard into the grooves that it sounds like they're about to break, capturing a combustible band in all its fiery fury.

Ordering

Are you a private user? Order this item through our mailorder.

Are you a business user? Please login to add items to your basket.

More on the SUPERIOR VIADUC label...


CONRAD, TONY -WITH FAUST- - OUTSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE

CONRAD, TONY -WITH FAUST- - OUTSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE

'Outside The Dream Syndicate', originally released in Europe only in 1973, is a stunning debut. Two side-long tracks -'The Side Of Man And Womankind' and 'The Side Of The Machine'- show just how far Conrad had moved beyond his minimalist peers. Werner Diermaier's repetitive ... read more »

 

DEPARTMENTSTORE SANTAS - AT THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE NINETEEN 100-YEAR...

DEPARTMENTSTORE SANTAS - AT THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE NINETEEN 100-YEAR...

...LIFETIMES SINCE' - A vinyl reissue of an underground rock classic of the highest order. Recorded in the early '80s in La Mesa, CA, this work contains quirky sing-alongs, wide-eyed lyrics, echoey instrumentals and outsider folk-punk à la Daniel Johnston. While ... read more »

 

DREYBLATT, ARNOLD -& THE ORCHESTRA OF EXCITED STRINGS- - PROPELLERS IN LOVE

DREYBLATT, ARNOLD -& THE ORCHESTRA OF EXCITED STRINGS- - PROPELLERS IN LOVE

Arnold Dreyblatt has been called "the most rock'n'roll of all the composers to emerge from New York's downtown scene in the 1970s." Dreyblatt founded The Orchestra Of Excited Strings in 1979, harnessing unusual tuning intervals to an exuberant performance style. ... read more »

 

FLESH EATERS - A MINUTE TO PRAY A SECOND TO DIE

FLESH EATERS - A MINUTE TO PRAY A SECOND TO DIE

The Flesh Eaters is the name behind one Chris Desjardins a.k.a. Chris D. Taking his stage name from a 1964 cult film, Chris D. wrote for legendary fanzine Slash in the late 70s and assembled the first of many Flesh Eaters lineups from heavyweights in the burgeoning L.A. ... read more »

 

GIBSON, JON - VISITATIONS

GIBSON, JON - VISITATIONS

Since the mid-1960s, Jon Gibson has played a key role in the development of American avant-garde music. No other artist has performed in the world premieres of Terry Riley's 'In C,' Steve Reich's 'Drumming,' and Philip Glass' 'Einstein On The Beach,' three major works that ... read more »

 

BUDD, HAROLD - THE PAVILION OF DREAMS

BUDD, HAROLD - THE PAVILION OF DREAMS

For five decades, Harold Budd stood on the forefront of the West Coast avant-garde. Born in Los Angeles, he studied with Schoenberg-pupil Gerald Strang and began teaching at CalArts in 1970. While searching for his own voice, he was influenced as much by abstract ... read more »

 

 


Clear Spot - clearspot.nl

Clear Spot International BV
Hermelijnkoog 21
1822CA Alkmaar
The Netherlands

T. + 31 (0)72 567 9990
F. + 31 (0)84 229 8862

E. info@clear-spot.nl
W. www.clear-spot.nl

Deze website gebruikt cookies. Meer info. / This website uses cookies. More info.