Contort yourself! James Chance, aka James White, was among the more colorful figures of New York's post-punk CBGB's scene. A sharp-dressed saxophonist, he's credited with putting the funk in the punk during a period when black music influences were unheard of. Chance's mix of free jazz and disco within a punk-rock framework proved highly influential, and this 1978 debut by his band the Contortions has become a seminal post punk/new wave (or "No Wave") classic. Contains tracks like "Contort Yourself, Design To Kill, My Infatuation," and "Bedroom Athlete" that were sort of benchmarks for the sax-ier side of the genre, plus two bonus cuts recorded after a brief reformation. Deluxe reissue courtesy of Futurismo complete with fully remastered sound, on 180 gram colored vinyl with 12 page booklet and housed in awesome neon-mirrored gatefold sleeve. Recommended.
- remastered sound
- 180 gram colored vinyl
- 2 bonus cuts
- neon-mirrored gatefold sleeve
- 12pg booklet featuring rare photography by the late great Anya Phillips and newly written text by the legendary James Chance himself
- music label: Futurismo 2015
reviewed by TKB 05/2015
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