Posted in music | tour dates on March 25, 2008

Teenage Jesus & the Jerks

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 has been cited as a significant influence on post-punk groups such as Sonic Youth. [Wikipedia]

"To commemorate the publishing of NO WAVE: Post Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980 edited by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., The Knitting Factory NYC is proud to present the one time only return of the most legendary of No Wave pioneers TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS."

2 shows: both on June 13th. $25 tickets are on sale. Videos below....

Teenage Jesus and the Jerks - Race Mixing (live in NYC 1979)

Teenage Jesus & The Jerk's Orphans

Lydia Lunch - Dance Of The Dead Children

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Comments (15)

I can't say I've ever met anybody who actively *liked* the music of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, though. Or Lydia Lunch's now that I think about it. People talk about them because she is charismatic, but the music is pretty much an afterthought.

Posted by Lucas | March 25, 2008 8:17 PM

Bradly Field and Gordon Stevenson are dead dead dead and who gives a shit! And there's yet another book on No Wave in the works - this train sailed many moons ago, suckas.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | March 25, 2008 9:24 PM

No Wave nostalgia? No Stalgia? Seems like this "reunion" is exactly the the kind of thing Lydia Lunch would despise.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2008 10:09 PM

WOW! Three insightful, 100% correct comments in a row!! There's hope....

Posted by Mid Fingg | March 25, 2008 10:41 PM

Jesus was a hippy faggot jewboy. I can't stand Christina metal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2008 11:26 PM

Wow, no love for Lydia. That's unfortunate considering she broke ground on so many levels and continues to color outside the lines---recently releasing a single on Amphetamine Reptile with Tom Hazelmyer's HOF . I'm definitely a fan and especially enjoyed her early 90s work. There's nothing like a weekend showing of "Fingered."

Posted by TWB | March 25, 2008 11:30 PM

Vegans are dead..

sad stuff.,,,,

Posted by dead vegans | March 25, 2008 11:48 PM

"Seems like this "reunion" is exactly kind of thing Lydia Lunch would despise."

thats spot on anon 10:09

she probably just needs some money or something, or else thurston put her up to this.. which i doubt.

teenage jesus reunion is retarded. no wave was a great quick moment, and as relevant as those bands are (sorta) this reunion is totally antithetical.


lydia lunch can choke on her own dumb "poetry"

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2008 3:44 AM

Of course Thurston put her up to this but who cares. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks were never a really good band or indicative of how good some of the No Wave scene was

Id certainly pay to see a DNA reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2008 3:59 AM

>Id certainly pay to see a DNA reunion.

absolutely. i saw arto & ikue along with alan licht on guitar maybe five or so years ago at tonic and it was sick sick sick. and while he, arto, doesn't seem to do the live thing often these days, his recorded work still continues to touch upon new ground.

Posted by suncitygirl | March 26, 2008 9:18 AM

omar from the mars volta and lydia lynch recently did an album together.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2008 11:08 AM

"Seems like this "reunion" is exactly kind of thing Lydia Lunch would despise."

maybe it's just sort of fun to have a one-off reunion show? no one's really getting rich on this one. i'm for it.

Posted by m_negative | March 26, 2008 5:34 PM

I hear that the mystery 3rd member on bass will be Thurston Moore...

Posted by Captain Howdy | March 27, 2008 12:15 PM


The band INFORMATION is also on both bills for this too

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2008 11:51 AM

I like Queen of Siam LP very much thank you.

Posted by Jo | May 23, 2008 1:32 PM

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