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Tokyo 2005 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Daikanyama Unit, Tokyo, Japan; July 15, 2005. Good to fairly good audience recording.
While New York Punk and New York Hardcore are more familiar genres, one might need to work those grey cells a bit harder when it comes to NY Jazz Punk. There’s Lydia Lunch and then, there is James Chance And The Contortions.
Thanks to firusan for sharing this show at Dime.
As a general rule, I avoid what I call “nostalgia acts” - bands or artists I liked way back when and who are touring again. They’re different, I’m different and I just want to keep my memories. But when the original Contortions (minus Adele Bertei and the deceased George Scott III) scheduled a three-day reunion in Tokyo, I went to two nights.
I hadn’t seen The Contortions since their infamous 1978 Horseshoe Tavern show in Toronto where James spent 45 minutes insulting the audience (“I haven’t seen one good looking person since I’ve been here. And my standards are pretty low”) and then got into a fight outside the club afterwards and spent the evening courtesy of the local police. Those were the days. Seeing James from 1978 to 1983 included some of my all-time fave shows.
Anyway, this a very nice sounding recording of the second night. The band sounds great and are really tight. James’s voice, sax and keyboard playing were all in good form. If there was a downside, and I say this with all due respect and in full knowledge that I don’t look the same anymore myself, it was that James has gotten rather plump and his efforts at dancing were pretty hard to watch. I found myself listening and not looking, but you don’t have to worry about that. Track 08 sounds familiar, but I can’t place it. Anyway, I’m glad James is getting some recognition for what he accomplished and is playing again.
Picture by Scott Levine, posted at James Chance’s Facebook page - Thanks!
DPA 4061 > SMB-1 > Sony D100 > Tascam CD-RW750SL > CD 1 >EAC (wav) > Audacity/Ozone 5 (editing/mastering) > TLH (flac)
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Track 01. Off Black (4.3MB)
Track 02. Design to Kill (4.5MB)
Track 03. I Don’t Wanna Be Happy (5.5MB)
Track 04. Twice Removed (5.1MB)
Track 05. Sax Maniac (11.0MB)
Track 06. Roving Eye (5.5MB)
Track 07. Bedroom Athlete (7.9MB)
Track 08. Jaded
Track 09. Hell On Earth (10.2MB)
Track 10. King Heroin (12.0MB)
Track 11. Contort Yourself (6.7MB)
Track 12. I Can’t Stand Myself (8.5MB)
Track 13. Sax Solo (4.7MB)
James Chance - sax, keyboards, vocals
Jody Harris - guitar
Pat Place - slide guitar
Don Christensen - drums
Eric Sanko - bass
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