Teenage Jesus And The Jerks

Teenage Jesus And The Jerks

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Teenage Jesus & the Jerks were an influential New York City No Wave music group of 1976-79 fronted by Lydia Lunch and James Chance, who later left the band after some conflict about their direction.

Reputed to play ten-minute sets of thirty-second songs (though "The Closet" and "I Woke Up Dreaming" extended to around three minutes and performances up to twenty), they sought to take music beyond what Lunch saw as the traditionalism of punk rock ("I thought punk was lousy Chuck Berry music amped up to play triple fast", she later commented). Their frenzied playing and Lunch's shrieked vocals gained them a renown quickly matching and even surpassing that of other No Wave bands such as DNA or the older Mars.

The group left behind little more than a dozen complete recorded songs, most of the surviving titles being assembled in 1995 into an 18-minute career retrospective CD only slightly incorrectly titled Everything (though other studio versions of several songs exist alongside a few live recordings). Few bands can have achieved quite such an impact with so slim a body of work, one felt not only in the US but also via (extremely limited) radio play in Britain where their assault on convention contrasted even more powerfully with the punk music of the day. Lunch and Chance went on separately to continued success in the New York underground music scene and beyond.

The group has been cited as a significant influence on post-punk groups such as Sonic Youth.
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Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Discography

Albums

none Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Live At Max's Kansas City 1977(CDr) Widowspeak Productions none Spain 2006 Sell This Version
none Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Live 1977-1979 (Album) Other People none US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CC-333 Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Orphans(7", Single) Migraine CC-333 US 1978 Sell This Version
CC-336-LL Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Migraine CC-336-LL US 1979 Sell This Version
CC-334 Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Baby Doll Migraine CC-334 US 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6565, CEL 6565 Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Pre Teenage Jesus And The Jerks ZE Records, ZE Records CEL 2-6565, CEL 6565 France 1979 Sell This Version

Compilations

ALP051, TWIST 3 Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Everything (Comp) Atavistic ALP051, TWIST 3 US 1995 Sell This Version
ALP500CD Teenage Jesus And The Jerks / Beirut Slump Teenage Jesus And The Jerks / Beirut Slump - Shut Up And Bleed (Comp) Cherry Red ALP500CD US 2008 Sell This Version