reading, music, art + action (USA-France-Italy)
photo : daniel margreth
«Don’t pressure the man with the knife» - DVD
released by Un Jour Peut Etre, Paris, 2013.
Anti-commercial, anti-rock’n’roll, supremely impolite and divinely refined, the Lydia Lunch’s Putan Club is the newest project of one of greatest artists of the XXIth century, a fulminated poet, a violent writer adulated by the new wave of the American dissacratori-profaners, an outstanding singer of an ardent career, besides that an imperial pain in the neck: Lydia Lunch.
Propelled by the Putan Club, a unit of artistic resistance subtly iconoclastic, a combo armed with a merciless interaction between paintings, graphic arts and determinedly overconfident musical comments, the Lydia Lunch’s Putan Club is a creation wished and organized by the Theatre Garonne, European Stages Network of Toulouse, in March, 2012.
This is not entertainment, either a reading, or a concert : it is a rape, a gang bang, a total dumping -heart, eyes, ears- in the indecency and its incredible beauty. It is the poetry applied to the immediate life, without flowers nor stylistic effects, conjugating its violence, its excesses, its religions, its politics, from sex to drugs and up to the death. Inexorably, mercilessly and supremely. A sincere experience of extremely savage and wild love.
texts, vox, soundscapes : Lydia Lunch
guitars, electronics : François R. Cambuzat
bass : Gianna Greco
video teaser dvd : http://youtu.be/9JAcW-AxNbw
audio : http://soundcloud.com/putanclub
live festival invisible (extrait) : http://youtu.be/fjgAz9AW1XY
videos live from fans :
contact : click
"Is there anybody left in this town who's oblivious to the fact that we live in the direct fucking center of Hell? Well, it may be time to come forward and let Lydia Lunch devastate your candy-coated perception of reality." Ron Athery, LA WEEKLY
"With a magical voice that is rough, sexy, sarcastic and so very New York, performance artist Lydia Lunch delivers scalding spoken word performances that take the listener into a world of desperation, brutality and inner urban moral and ethical decay. Her stories are mesmeric and poisonous, her characters infused with a kind of diabolical energy that makes them frightening even when they are pathetic." Bridget Haire
"If you want to hear urgency and terror . . . everything claimed for bands who don't come close to touching one tenth of this lady's awesome power. Damn, do you need this album."
Everett True, MELODY MAKER (UK)
"Lydia Lunch is one of the few spontaneous geniuses in contemporary music."
New York Rocker
“One of the greatest New York musicians of all time.” Time Out New York, 2007
"A musician, spoken word performer, author and actor, she shines a light into the dark corners of human experience." Kathy McCabe, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MIRROR
"Lydia Lunch is one of your dumb-ass country's greatest fucking commentators period. Lydia, I totally salute you!" Everett True,THE STRANGER
"Still, if you think Lunch is just your garden variety nihilist, you're wrong. It's a mark of cowardice, in fact, to mistake her disillusion for defeat. The passion of her fury is the best testimony to her lack of cynicism." Jim Farber, NY DAILY NEWS
"...it certainly vindicates Lunch's status as a influential, groundbreaking, seminal artist."
Peter Robinson,TIME OUT (UK)
"... the performance impressed me as brilliant. What would happen if you took a clone of Sarah Bernhardt and matched it with Celine? Lunch spits out a song, embittered, heartfelt, nasty and uncontrived. She's a hard- core poetic realist, a pragmatic soothsayer. What Lunch observes in the sick world around her is swiftly translated into a lyrical ululation. There is anger in her demeanor, and she projects it majestically. . . Her language and poise sent sparks across the aisles into the ears of small town corporate executives and college professors who nodded in involuntary agreement. " Robert C. Morgan, HIGH PERFORMANCE
"Before Marilyn Manson, before Courtney Love and before all the MTV-light-weights made rage and controversy mere cheap commodities, there was punk poet queen of extremities Lydia Lunch . . . and her volatile narratives on life, death and all the bits in between.Unmissable."
Angela Lewis,THE INDEPENDENT (UK)
"On Queen of Siam, Lydia Lunch . . . surprises her fans and a legion of japing nonbelievers by delivering a record that covers all the bases so well that it's beyond words like calculated. . . Lunch stays busy by proving she can "sing" (for those who care about such irrelevancies) and conjuring up memories of various grotesques like Peggy Lee, Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark and Marlene Dietrich (though camp she ain't). Lunch's lyrics, while sometimes suffused with Catholic guilt, recognize the absurdity of that guilt's flagellant trappings. Lydia Lunch isn't sleazy, and sports a sense of humor about her persona and her music that collects increments of charm through successive cuts.Queen of Siam is a class act all the way."
Lester Bangs, ROLLING STONE (USA)
"While Madonna plays truth or dare, Lydia Lunch plays psychological Russian roulette."
"Innovative, inspirational and essential listening." Billy Chainsaw, KERRANG! (USA)
Lydia Lunch (Rochester, New York, USA) is an American poet, writer, actress and singer. The provocative Lydia Lunch was a pivotal figure in New York’s ‘no wave’ scene of the late 70s and has worked with an array of talent since then. The Boston Phoenix named Lunch "one of the 10 most influential performers ofthe 1990s." Her words revealed her increasing fascination with the baser instincts of human nature.
Lydia Lunch participated in about fifty movies, realized hundred of albums (among others with Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Exene Cervenka, Rowland S . Howard, Einstürzende Neubauten, Alan Vega, J.G. Thirlwell, Marc Almond, Michael Gira, Oxbow, Henry Rollins) and published eight books translated in several languages.
Her work typically features provocative and confrontational delivery. The politics of outrage remain her gospel.
Lydia Lunch’s Works
Adulterers Anonymous (1982 avec Exene Cervenka)
Incriminating Evidence (1992)
Paradoxia; a Predator’s Diary (1997)
Toxic Gumbo (comic, dessin Ted McKeever) (1998)
The Gun is Loaded (2007)
Will Work for Drugs (2009)
2009Blank City - Celine Danheir
2009No Wave - Underground ’80 Berlin-New York - Christoph Dreher
2009For The End of Time - Ema Kugler
2009Post Apocalyptic Cowgirls - Maria Beatty
2008Death of the Reel - Benjamin Meade
2007Lydia Lunch/Real Pornography - Ludovic Cantais
2007Llik Your Idols - Angelique Bosio
2007Santa Cruz County Anti-Meth Campaign PSA - Cam Archer
2006Kill Your Idols - Scott A. Crary
2005American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis. Cam Archer
2004American Fame Pt. 1:The Drowning of River Phoenix - Cam Archer
2004The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Thing - Asia Argento
2002D.I.Y. OR DIE - Michael W. Dean
2000Shadow Hours - Isaac H. Eaton. Scene writer, consultant.
1997Girls Girls Girls - Ellen Maki
1996Visiting Desire - Beth B.Acted
1995The Power of the Word - Jeanne Harco
1992Malicious Intent - Richard Kern & Chris Lovenko
1992The Thunder,The Perfect Mind - Tom Richards Murphy and Marta Ze
1990BBQ Death Squad - Penn & Teller
1990Kiss Napoleon Goodbye - Babeth & Lydia Lunch
1990Thanatopsis - Beth B. Acted
1990The Road To God Knows Where
1983MTV's "The Cutting Edge". MTV. Appeared in 6 Episodes
1988The Gun Is Loaded - Merill Aldighieri & Joe Tripician
1987SubmitTo Me Now - Richard Kern
1987Put More Blood Into The Music. Interview
1987Mondo NewYork - Harvey Keith
1986Fingered - Richard Kern
1986The InvisibleThread - Penn &Teller.Acted
1986Gang of Souls. Spoken Word Documentary - Maria Beatty
1985Submit To Me - Richard Kern
1984The Right Side of My Brain - Richard Kern
1983Vortex - Beth & Scott B
1983The Wild World of Lydia Lunch - Nick Zedd
1983Like Dawn To Dust - Vivenne Dick
1980Liberty's Booty - Vivenne Dick
1980The Offenders - Beth & Scott B.
1979Beauty Becomes The Beast - Vivenne Dick
1979Alien Portrait - Michael McClard
1978Guerillere Talks - Vivienne Dick
1978Black Box - Beth & Scott B
1978She Had Her Gun All Ready - Vivenne Dick. Acted
1978Rome '78 - James Nares
1978No New York (Compilation)
1978Orphans / Less of Me 1979Beirut Slump
1979Baby Doll/Freud in Flop/Race Mixing
1979Pre-Teenage Jesus & The Jerks
1980Queen Of Siam
19818-Eyed Spy Live
1981Diddy Wah Diddy
1982Some Velvet Morning / I Fell In Love With A Ghost
1982The Agony Is The Ecstacy
1982Vortex - Original Soundtrack
1982Der Karibische Western
1982Kino Aus Der Kassette
1983Dagger & Guitar
1983The Last Testament
1984Better A New Demon Than An Old God (Compilation)
1984Speed Trials (Compilation)
1984Death Valley ‘69
1985The Uncensored Lydia Lunch
1985Heart Of Darkness
1985The Drowning Of Lucy Hamilton
1985Death Valley 69 EP
1985Bad Moon Rising
1985A Dozen of Dead Roses
1985Tellus The Audio Cassette Magazine: #10 All Guitars!
1987Tellus, The Audio Cassette Magazine #18: Experimental Theater
1988Honeymoon In Red
1989Hysterie (Greatest Hits compilation)
1989Fear, Power, God (Compilation)
1989Oral Fixation Excerpts
1989New York Rockers (Manhattan’s Original Rock Underground)
1989Zetrospective, Vol. I: Dancing in the Face of Adversity
1990Conspiracy Of Women (COW)
1990Our Fathers Who Aren't In Heaven
1990Naked In Garden Hills
1990Stinkfist & The Crumb (Re-issue)
1990A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover...’Cuz It’s Hot
1991Trying To Make It To The End Of The Century
1991Don't Fear The Reaper
1991Queen of Siam (Re-issue)
1991King of the Jews
1992Downtown Does The Beatles
1993Shotgun Wedding Live
1993Queen of Siam (Re-issue)
1993Welcome to My Nightmare (Tribute to Alice Cooper)
1993Fear Engine II: Almost As If IT Never Happened
199313 Above the Night
1993Workdogs In Hell (Compilation)
1994Crimes Against Nature
1994Transmutation & Shotgun Wedding Live
1995Teenage Jesus & The Jerks - EVERYTHING
1995The Drowning Of Lucy Hamilton / In Limbo
1996Uncensored / Oral Fixation (Re-issue)
1996Home Alive (Compilation)
1996Flesh, Fangs & Filigree (Compilation): "Stinkfist"
1996Flesheaters (Compilation): "In My Time of Dying"
1996Undead (Compilation): "Twisted" & "Some Velvet Morning"
1996Stinkfist /Meltdown Oratorio/Son of Stink / The Crumb
1996Out of Their Mouths, MK. 2 - An Atavistic Compilation
1996Mind the Gap Vol. 9
1997Kiss of the Vampire (Compilation)
1997Necromantic (Compilation): "In My Time of Dying"
1997Tribute To Jack Kerouac (Compilation)
19978-Eyed Spy “Luncheone”
1997The Desperate Ones
1997Grrrl Power: A History of Women in Popular Music
1997Stiletto Vamp (Compilation): "Burning Skulls"
1997Kerouac: Kicks of Darkness
1997Dead & Gone #2: Totenlieder
1998Here: Brooklyn Bank
1998Gothic Erotica (compilation): "Stinkfist", "Burning Skulls"
1998Before the Balloon Went Up (Compilation): "In My Time of Dying"
1998Uturn / Minox
1998Queen of Siam (Re-issue)
1998Songs of the Witchblade (compilation)
1998Widowspeak (Greatest Hits compilation)
1998Crippled Champions (Compilation), "Escape"
1998Honeymoon In Red
1998II Juke Box Del DiAvolo
1998Crippled Champions: The Soundtrack Generation
1999Radio History of KBUR FM (Compilation), reading from "Paradoxia"
1999Crimes Against Nature (Re-issue)
1999Original Soundtrack: The Blair Witch Project
1999Shotgun Wedding / Shotgun Wedding Live
1999Dirty Little Secrets - Music to Strip By...
1999Drinking from the Puddles
1999Education In Infestation
2000New Coat of Paint
2000Ontogeny - No Fish Is Too Weird for Her Aquarium (vo. II)
2000The Devil’s Racetrack
2000Beauty and Terror
2001Downtown ‘81 (original soundtrack)
2002Champagne, Cocaine & Nicotine Stains
2002Blue Light Fever
2002Wake The Dead: Words & Music from Sex and Guts
2002The Sound of II Giaguaro Vol 2
2002Electric Jazz Vol. 1
2002Nu Jazz Vol. 3
2003In Our Time of Dying
2003Memory and Madness
2003Exploding Plastic Pleasure
2003Queer Street (No Fish Is Too Weird for Her Acquarium Vol. III)
2004Smoke In The Shadows
2004Live in London
2005Willing Victim - The Audience as Whipping Boy
2005Fueling the Rose of Fire (Live in Barcelona)
2005No New York (Compilation)
2006Smoke in the Shadows / Lost World / Blame / Pass Like Night
2006Teenage Jesus and the Jerks Live at Max’s Kansas City 1977
2006Touch My Evil 2006Protocol
2006Deviations On A Theme
2007Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Lydia Lunch
2007Doughboy (B side of single)
2008Ghosts of Spain
2008When I'm Loaded
2009Big Sexy Noise
2011Big Sexy Noise Trust the witch