Lydia Koch, 2 June 1959, Rochester, New York, USA. The provocative Lydia Lunch was a pivotal figure in New Yorks no wave scene of the late 70s and has worked with an array of talent since then. After spells with Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and Beirut Slump (the latter were restricted to one US single, Try Me), Lunch opted for the freedom of solo work with 1980s acclaimed Queen Of Siam on the Ze label. Her next project, Eight-Eyed Spy, toyed with funk and R&B while retaining her uncompromising vocal style and violent, experimental musical approach. Then came 13:13 on the Ruby label, which benefited from a harder production and more co-ordinated sound. In 1982 she shared a 12-inch EP with the Birthday Party on 4AD Records, The Agony Is The Ecstasy, revealing her increasing fascination with the baser instincts of human nature. Members of the Birthday Party also backed her on Some Velvet Morning, while...
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