Buy by James Chance And The Contortions


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Label: Ze Records
Everything about Buy is outrageous: the half-naked art chick on the front cover, James Chance's punker-than-thou brashness, The Contortions' prickly herky-herky rhythms. But it's also truly bold and unique. Rather than brining about the destruction of music (as No Wave promised us), the group's debut full-length represented a new and potently cacophonous fusion of art rock, hard funk and avant-garde groove exploration a la Beefheart, Miles and Ornette. Check out the last 50 seconds of "Contort Yourself", which makes for some of the most exhilarating and dramatic listening of the post-punk era.

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