Live Skull

Live Skull

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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."
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Live Skull Discography

Albums

Live Skull Bringing Home The Bait (Album) Homestead Records, Homestead Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Live Skull Cloud One (Album) Homestead Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Live Skull Don't Get Any On You (Album) Homestead Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Live Skull Dusted (Album) Homestead Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Live Skull Snuffer (MiniAlbum) Caroline Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Live Skull Positraction (Album) Caroline Records US 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Live Skull Live Skull (EP) Massive Records (4) US 1984 Sell This Version
Live Skull Pusherman (EP) Homestead Records US 1986 Sell This Version

Compilations

2 Experimental Products / Timi / Rat At Rat R / Live Skull Experimental Products / Timi / Rat At Rat R / Live Skull - Terminal!(Flexi, 8", Comp) Not On Label 2 US 1984 Sell This Version

Videos

Live Skull Skullfuck Atavistic US 1987 Sell This Version