James Chance and the Contortions - I Can't Stand Myself (live)
Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps / In the Night (live)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Fire (on French TV)
ESG - You're No Good (live at Danceteria, 1984)
DNA live at the Mudd Club (on TV Party)
Suicide - Ghost Rider
No Wave was a short-lived but influential underground music
, film, performance art
, video, and contemporary art
scene that had its beginnings during the mid-1970s in New York City
. The term No Wave is in part satirical word play rejecting the commercial elements of the then-popular New Wave genre
. The term originates from a 1981 show, "New York/New Wave", curated by artist Diego Cortez.
No Wave is not a clearly definable musical genre with consistent features. Various groups drew on such disparate styles as funk, jazz, blues, punk rock, avant garde, and experimental. There are, however, some elements common to most No Wave music, such as abrasive atonal sounds, repetitive driving rhythms, and a tendency to emphasize musical texture over melody.
In 1978 a punk-influenced noise series was held at New York’s Artists Space that led to the Brian Eno-produced recording No New York, documenting James Chance and the Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Mars, and DNA.
According to Simon Reynolds, writing for Slate:
And although "affection" is possibly an odd word to use in reference to a bunch of nihilists, I do feel fond of the No Wave people. James Chance's music actually stands up really well, I think; there are great moments throughout Lydia Lunch's long discography, and Suicide's records are just beautiful.