Various Artists

N.Y. No Wave

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While No New York, the definitive collection documenting no wave, remains out of print, N.Y. No Wave will satisfy those waiting for its re-release and give the curious an idea of what this musical assault was all about. No repeat tracks from Brian Eno's 1978 production appear, but the main insitgators of the genre are represented: Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Suicide, and Mars, along with rare ZE tracks from Lizzy Mercier Descloux and Rosa Yemen. Individually the artists involved applied funk, free jazz, and wailing garage rock and were collectively connected by passionate, nihilistic frenzy. Unfortunately, one missing track that defined this short-lived outbreak of discord has been omitted -- "Red Alert" by Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. Under a minute long, it summed up the beginning and end of no wave. It's not everyone's cup of poison, but N.Y. No Wave will appeal to those with ears of steel and an open mind toward the Theatre of the Absurd.

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