Live Skull

Formed in 1982 by guitarists Mark C and Tom Paine with Marnie Greenholz on bass and James Lo on drums, Live Skull is considered by many aficionados to be the quintessential New York noise band. Together with Sonic Youth and Swans, Live Skull defined the term "noise rock" in the 1980s, spearheading the post-No Wave underground music scene in NYC with a series of legendary live performances and eight groundbreaking records released over the course of that decade. Often brutal and yet strangely seductive, each of these classic records creates hooks out of the most unlikely, seemingly disruptive elements, subverting traditional rock forms in previously unheard ways that became an undeniable (albeit often unacknowledged) influence on many of their contemporaries. Live Skull broke up in 1989, just within sight of that magical moment when the sort of music they pioneered began to finally break through, but the band's recorded output reminds us that Live Skull got there first.

In his much-quoted review for The New York Times, Robert Palmer declared, "With each new record, New York's Live Skull delivers a more concentrated brand of emotional intensity, a more ferociously disciplined sonic assault. Live Skull's music – a high-wire act played for keeps, without a net – is as challenging, as spiritually corrosive, and ultimately as transcendent as Albert Ayler's mid-60's free jazz or the implacable drone-dance of the early Velvet Underground. It's one of the essential sounds of our time." And, writing for New Look magazine, Robert Palmer famously declared: “The most startlingly original array of guitar sounds and approaches since Jimi Hendrix. They make guitars do things you’ve never imagined."


HMS 0212, HMS 022 Live Skull - Bringing Home The Bait album art Live Skull Bringing Home The Bait (Album) Homestead Records, Homestead Records HMS 0212, HMS 022 UK 1985 Sell This Version
HMS056 Live Skull - Cloud One album art Live Skull Cloud One (Album) Homestead Records HMS056 US 1986 Sell This Version
HMS 083 Live Skull - Don't Get Any On You album art Live Skull Don't Get Any On You (Album) Homestead Records HMS 083 US 1987 Sell This Version
HMS090 Live Skull - Dusted album art Live Skull Dusted (Album) Homestead Records HMS090 US 1987 Sell This Version
GOES ON 25 Live Skull - Snuffer album art Live Skull Snuffer (MiniAlbum) Caroline Records GOES ON 25 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CAROL 1373 Live Skull - Positraction album art Live Skull Positraction (Album) Caroline Records CAROL 1373 US 1988 Sell This Version
BR012/013 Live Skull - Saturday Night Massacre album art Live Skull Saturday Night Massacre (Album) Bronson Recordings (2) BR012/013 Italy 2019 Sell This Version
BR012/017 Live Skull - Dangerous Visions album art Live Skull Dangerous Visions (Album, Comp) Bronson Recordings (2) BR012/017 Italy 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FAT-1 Live Skull - Live Skull album art Live Skull Live Skull (EP) Massive Records (4) FAT-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
HMS080 Live Skull - Pusherman album art Live Skull Pusherman (EP) Homestead Records HMS080 US 1986 Sell This Version


Flexidisk No.2 Live Skull - Terminal! Flexidisk No.2 album art Experimental Products / Timi / Rat At Rat R / Live Skull Experimental Products / Timi / Rat At Rat R / Live Skull - Terminal! Flexidisk No.2(Flexi, 8", Comp, Mono, Squ) Terminal! (2) Flexidisk No.2 US 1984 Sell This Version


ATV6 Live Skull - Skullfuck album art Live Skull Skullfuck Atavistic ATV6 US 1987 Sell This Version