CULT CLASSIC : CONTORT YOURSELF
Consult your average pop-culture oriented magazine these days and you'll see bands slogging through three musical styles being hyped. Unless those magazines are wallowing in electro and the Strokes or are so advanced they're already promoting the big Dietrich Buxtehude revival, those three styles would be: No Wave, JazzFunkPunk, and DiscoPunk. The father of fusing jazz, funk, disco, punk and noise into nyperkinetic, literate, menacing, danceable music, the man with three better band names on his resume than you, the sax maniac himself, is none other than - drum roll please - James Chance. In 1976 Chance was one of the first to take punk to its pure extreme of utter cacophony, "No Wave", as a founding member and sax player in the intelligently unintelligible Lydia Lunch "aural terror" launch-pad Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. By '78 he left to form James Chance and the Contortions, funding his own superconducting supercollider and smashing free jazz into punk to release a brand new funk. By the turn of the decade, as James White and the Blacks, Chance and some Contortions had even managed to elevate disco without denigrating their funk. Today alive and well in New York, James Chance is a huge hero for anyone interested in anarchic music. V March/April 2003.
Back by popular demand 1978 Cult Classic August Danell’s remix of Mutant Dance hit « Contort Yourself » by James White & the Black + The original version + The Contortions version + (Tropical) Heatwave : remastered from original analogue masters and reissued on 12” maxi vinyl single with original sleeve cover.
JAMES WHITE & THE BLACKS - Contort Yourself (August Darnell Remix)
JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS - Contort Yourself (BUY version)
JAMES WHITE & THE BLACKS - Contort Yourself (OF WHITE Version)
JAMES WHITE & THE BLACKS - (Tropical) Heatwave
Recorded at Blank Tape Studios N.Y.C 1978 / 1979
01 * Re-Produced and mixed by August Darnel
Original Sound Recording Made by ZE Records ©1978/1979
Art Cover Michel Esteban
Photo Jimmy Desana