One day last week, I was checking Refinery29 (one of my dailies) and I was shocked to see a feature on "No Wave's Anti-Style". No wave is a genre that doesn't get a whole lot of attention, especially in the fashion category. Music-wise, 8-eyed-spy (an early band of Lydia Lunch's that only has two full length albums - and one of them is all live) is one of my top favorite bands, and so is Suicide. "Stained Sheets" by James Chance and the Contortions is probably one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. Combining these aural pleasures with fashion seemed a challenge worthy of taking. The article's writer states, "we stopped thinking about the musical influence of the movement and started wondering about the sartorial legacy of No Wave."
Finding photos of No Wave bands is a little bit like a scavenger hunt in composting bin, but I did my best and here goes something:
NO WAVE GANG
DNA (ARTO LINDSAY!!!)
LYDIA LUNCH (WITH NICK CAVE & JAMES CHANCE - THOSE BOOTS!)
PS - Check out these SF bands:
MI AMI (http://www.myspace.com/miamiamiami)
The put on heartattack-inducing shows, but aren't tough on the eyes.
8 eyed spy - Run Through The Jungle
Suicide - Ghost Rider
James Chance & The Contortions - Stained Sheets