Posted in music | pictures on June 15, 2008

photos by Lori Baily

"So Teenage Jesus and the Jerks played the Knitting Factory in N.Y.C the other night.... (the legendary No Wave band that Lydia Lunch fronted way back in the late 70's) 2 shows for 1 night only and I wasn't there. I wasn't even remotely in the neighourhood, I was stuck in London, England." [The Dark Forest]

Teenage Jesus & The Jerks

Of all the strange and short-lived periods in the history of experimental music in New York, no wave is perhaps the strangest and shortest-lived.

Centered on a handful of late-1970s downtown groups like Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, DNA and James Chance's Contortions, it was a cacophonous, confrontational subgenre of punk rock, Dadaist in style and nihilistic in attitude. It began around 1976, and within four years most of the original bands had broken up.

But every weird rock scene -- and every era of New York bohemia -- eventually gets its coffee-table book moment. This month Abrams Image is publishing "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980," a visual history by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley.

On Friday the book will be (was) celebrated with an exhibition opening at KS Art, at 73 Leonard Street in TriBeCa, and, across the street at the Knitting Factory, the reunion of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, whose blunt, aggressive songs had instrumentation so minimal that on its records the percussionist was sometimes credited as playing simply "drum." Lydia Lunch, the former lead singer, is flying (flew in) from Barcelona to play the show.
[NY Times]

Thurston Moore played bass.

Teenage Jesus & The Jerks

More pictures, and video, from the late show at Knitting Factory on Friday (June 13, 2008), below...

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Comments (25)

sorta makes thalia zedek look like a supermodel.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 12:40 PM

hey - to the jerk who stole the setlist after the first set - they kinda NEEDED it for the next set.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 12:47 PM

"On Friday the book will be ([i]was[/i]) celebrated... Lydia Lunch, the former lead singer, is flying ([i]flew in[/i]) from Barcelona..."

I'm not a professional writer or editor, but I'll say that in my experience as a reader, when you alter an excerpt or quote, you use brackets, not parentheses and italics, and you remove words so that the modified excerpt flows normally. Hence:

On Friday the book [was] celebrated...

Lydia Lunch, the former lead singer, [flew in] from Barcelona...

Posted by nitpicker | June 15, 2008 1:09 PM

best show ever

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 1:32 PM

best show since daft punk last summer

grandma jesus and the jerkofs

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 2:29 PM

nah... thalia zadek is still a hose-beast. but, I'd do lydia lunch. old lady sex is fun sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 2:38 PM

"old lady sex is fun sometimes"

Not with your mom -- despite all her experience

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 3:06 PM

While hanging out in the Knitting Factory's bar before the late show, it was great to see Lee Ranaldo and Kim Gordon standing around chatting with the crowd.

Were any other No Wave dignitaries in attendance?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 4:05 PM

hose beast. that is ridiculous. What do you look like you moron, f-off!

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 4:12 PM

lot's of fat people playing music there

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 4:38 PM

I saw Pat Place, James Chance and Glen O'Brien on Leonard St.

Posted by schwenko | June 15, 2008 8:19 PM

Arto Lindsay and Godlis were there

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 8:59 PM

lydia and omar (from the volta) came out with a solo album recently.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 10:27 PM

I'd hit Lydia.

And she'd probably hit me back.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2008 11:24 PM

Wanted to go. Too expensive. Not worth $25, pathetic hipster nostalgia for pre-Giuliani NY be damned.

Posted by Chris | June 16, 2008 2:43 AM

Fucking hell, where's Vi Subversa when you need her!

All kidding aside, that still looks like a really fun set - although I suspect that wasn't the point, rather.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | June 16, 2008 2:50 AM

Has Thurston Moore ever worn a shirt tucked in?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2008 7:28 AM

Lori Baily is not the best photog, I think her equipment lags behind some of the others, but she's definitely one of the nicest people you will ever meet in the pit

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2008 8:48 AM

Jim Thirwell was in attendance also. I loved the show.

Posted by kc | June 16, 2008 10:26 AM

[expletive deleted]

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2008 10:39 AM

"lot's of fat people playing music there"

and...i bet you're fat (or were.)

anyway, looks fucking rad.

Posted by Estelle | June 17, 2008 1:34 PM

i'm not fat, you fatty.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2008 11:54 PM

This looks like a bad idea all around, and an easy way to make money. Rather shameless!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:53 AM

Bradley??? Anyone? Anyone? Dead? Buried ...?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2008 3:01 PM

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