Boomkat Product Review:
Comprehensive compendium of Teenage Jesus and The Jerks’ NYC no wave bullets - 27 of ‘em - meticulously edited and mastered from rare bootlegs circa 1977-1979.
Other People’s most valuable project comes to fruition with the definitive account of Lydia Lunch and co’s Teenage Jesus and the Jerks documented in their element, performing live between 1977-1979 at various venues between NYC and Toronto.
In case you don’t know, these guys shat from a great height on most British punk music of that era, which had very quickly calcified into its own set of staid conventions from its original, incendiary roots.
The “barely pubescent” Lydia Lunch, variously backed by Bradly Field, Jim Sclavunos and Gordon Stevenson, saw thru it all and forged an instinctive antithesis to what she called “lousy Chuck Berry music amped up to play triple fast” by presenting herself as a feral presence far wilder than the snotty skinheads, and with a raucous, atonal music to match.
Her long-time accomplice Walter Weasel (who also compiled, edited and mastered the damn thing) lays that all bare in the record’s sleeve notes, leaving us to sum this LP up as a fully essential chapter of punk, and by turns, rock and noise, history.