Contortions
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£29.99
Product Code: SV176 857661008766
Release Date: 17 June 2022
Product Code: SV176 857661008766
Release Date: 17 June 2022
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Soon after their 1978 debut on the Brian Eno-produced No New York, a compilation that defined the No Wave scene, James Chances group Contortions had already evolvedgetting 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, 1979s 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 Hofstras 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. Its 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 Cant 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 bandsincluding Places Bush Tetras and Bronx trio ESGas well as the burgeoning disco movement. On Buy, Contortions self-invented template is imprinted so hard into the grooves that it sounds like theyre about to break, capturing a combustible band in all its fiery fury.
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    857661008766
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    SV176

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