Lydia Lunch / Rowland S. Howard

Shotgun Wedding

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Lydia Lunch first attracted the attention of punk and new wave audiences in the late '70s, when she sang lead with the very underground Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (best known for their tortured 1979 single "Baby Doll"). Always one who liked her music dark and troubling, Lunch never appealed to mainstream rock tastes, but has enjoyed a small cult following. When she joined forces with guitarist Rowland S. Howard for 1991's Shotgun Wedding, it was clear that Lunch hadn't adopted a more cheerful outlook. Songs like "Endless Fall," "Black Juju" and "Burning Skulls" are as morbid as they are captivating, and a superb remake of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying" fits right in. In Lunch's hands, the Zep classic loses its bluesy heavy metal appeal and acquires an eerie folk/gothic quality. This alternative rock gem is one of Lunch's greatest achievements.

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