Sunday, January 9, 2011
No Wave, in service of my readers
I have also been working on a comic book about NYC rock n' roll life. Well, some of it. It's about 1/4 done, and takes lots of concentration. The writing is long done. I am just drawing it now. I hope I have space for ads for "The Senders," "Simon and the Bar Sinisters" and "The Arkhams." Yes, the ads would be free for them.
And I've also been flipping through a book on No Wave music by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Byron Coley (music critic), called "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980." I had only just heard of No Wave about a year ago, when Simon Chardiet asked if I had heard of his No Wave band, "Joey Miserable and the Worms." I confessed I hadn't even heard of the type of music. I was 5 and living in rural Massachusetts at the time.
"No Wave" was noisier and more experimental than punk and more "do it yourself in your squat with electricity stolen from the restaurant next door." You can see the difference just from names. Punk had Joe Strummer. No Wave had Lydia Lunch. Punk had The Ramones. No Wave had The Gynecologists.
I have to say I generally like my music more melodic and less noisy than much of No Wave. Sometimes either the vocals or the guitars are a bit screechy for my taste. But one thing I do like about No Wave is that the songs are unpredictable.I am a fast listener generally--I know what the next lyric is going to be and how the song is going to end. Except for No Wave.
Here is an example of something I can totally get behind. Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Theoretical Girls.
Here is Lydia with "Teenage Jesus and the Jerks." Not my thing, but I hope you like it.
I recommend "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980.". It opens with a diagram of how the different bands were related to each other. There are tons of photos and interviews. A coffee table book for someone with an interesting brain. If you would like to see more pictures of No Wavers, visit:
More on Lydia now:
A video on the No Wave book, plus a list of other youtube videos on the subject: