James Chance & the Contortions

(New York, USA Sep 77 – 80)
originally known as The Contortions, also later known as James Chance & the Blacks

 

Official Pre-79 Releases:

Contortions

Various Artists – No New York LP (Antilles, AN 7067) recorded Jun 78, released Nov 78
Tracks: Dish it out, Flip your face, Jaded, I can’t stand myself

Buy LP (ZE, ZEA33-002) recorded 78-79, released 79
Tracks: Design to Kill, My Infatuation, I Don’t Want to Be Happy, Anesthetic, Contort Yourself, Throw Me Away, Roving Eye, Twice Removed, Bedroom Athlete

James Chance & Pill Factory

Grutzi Elvis Soundtrack 12″ (Celluloid, CEL 2-6567) recorded Jun 78, released 79
Tracks: That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, Schleyer’s Tires, McGraw Army Base/Munchen, Theme From Grutzi Elvis

James Chance & the Blacks

Off White LP (ZE, ZEA33 003) recorded Oct 78, released 79
Tracks: Contort yourself, Stained sheets, (Tropical) heat wave, Almost black (part 1), White savages, Off black, Almost black (part 2), White devil, Bleached black

 

Other Pre-79 Recordings;

CBGB’s, New York 12-4-77
Tracks: I don’t wanna be happy, Roving eye, Dish it out, My infatuation, Jaded, Bedroom athlete

CBGB’s, New York 4-2-78 set #1
Tracks: I don’t wanna be happy, My infatuation, Dish It out, Jaded, Throw me away, Roving eye, Twice removed, Contort yourself

CBGB’s, New York 4-2-78 set #2
Tracks: intro, I don’t wanna be happy, My infatuation, Dish It out, Twice removed, Bedroom athlete, Jaded, Roving eye, Contort yourself, Throw me away

66 E 4th Street, New York 12-3-78 “X Magazine Benefit”
Tracks: Dish It Out, My Infatuation, Roving Eye, Twice Removed, Throw Me Away, Bedroom Athlete, Jaded, Contort Yourself

CBGB’s, New York 14-4-78
Tracks: Dish it out, My infatuation, Roving eye, Love twice removed, Throw me away, Flip your face, Jaded, Contort Yourself

CBGB’s, New York 4-5-78
Tracks: Dish It Out, My Infatuation, Roving Eye, Twice Removed, Jailhouse Rock, Jaded, Contort Yourself

Artists Space, New York 5-5-78 (Tracks unknown)

CBGB’s, New York 25/26-5-78?
Tracks: Throw me away, Twice removed, Jailhouse rock

Paradise Garage, New York 18-6-78
Tracks: Dish it out, My infatuation, Roving eye, Flip your face, Cant stand myself, Jaded, Contort yourself

Millenium, New York 14-7-78
Tracks: Dish it out, My infatuation, I can’t stand myself, Twice removed, Throw me away

Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto 3-8-78
Tracks: Intro, Design To Kill, My Infatuation, Roving Eye, Anesthetic, I Don’t Want To Be Happy, Throw Me Away, Dish It Out, Jaded, Contort Yourself

Max’s Kansas City, New York 17-8-78 “Soundcheck”
Tracks: I can’t stand it anymore, Please please please

Max’s Kansas City, New York 17-8-78 set #1
Tracks: (untitled), Dish It Out, My Infatuation, Design To Kill, Twice Removed, I Don’t Want To Be Happy, Anesthetic, Throw Me Away, Flip Your Face, Contort Yourself

Max’s Kansas City, New York 17-8-78 set #2
Tracks: Maintaining My Cool, Chain of Fools, (unknown), I Can’t Stand It Any More, (unknown), Be Bop A Lula, Satisfaction, Nobody But Me, 96 Tears, Please Please Please, Roving Eye

Max’s Kansas City, New York 12-10-78
Tracks: Bedroom Athlete, Disposable you, Dish it out, Flip your face, Design to kill, Anesthetic, Almost black, Throw me away, Jaded, Contort yourself

Max’s Kansas City, New York 17-10-78 (Tracks unknown) “Jam”

CBGB’s, New York 17-11-78
Tracks: Funtime, DNA, Roving eye, Love twice removed, Throw me away, Jaded, Contort yourself

Max’s Kansas City, New York 23-11-78
Tracks: (unknown track), My infatuation, I don’t wanna be happy, (unknown track #2), Design to kill, (unknown track #3), Roving eye, Love twice removed, Dish it out, Disposable you, Throw me away, Jaded, Contort yourself

 

Further Information;

http://jameschanceofficial.blogspot.co.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Chance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Chance_and_the_Contortions

Line ups;

Flaming Youth
cApr 77
James Chance (voc/sax)
Stephen Moses (drms)
David Hostra
Denise Mercedes (gtr)

Contortions #1
James Chance (voc/sax)
James Nares (gtr)
Stephen Moses (drms)
Anne DeLeon (keyb)

#2
James Chance (voc/sax)
Pat Place (gtr)
Adele Bertei (keyb)
Reck (bass)
Chico Hige (drms)
James Nares (gtr)

#3
cDec 77 –
James Chance (voc/sax)
Pat Place (gtr)
Adele Bertei (keyb)
George Scott (bass)
James Nares (gtr)
Chico Hige (drms)

#4
cMar 78
James Chance (voc/sax)
James Nares (gtr)
Pat Place (gtr)
Adele Bertei (keyb)
Steve Moses (drms)
George Scott (bass)

#5
cMay 78
James Chance (voc/sax)
Pat Place (gtr)
Adele Bertei (keyb)
George Scott (bass)
Jody Harris (gtr)
Don Christensen (drms)

#6 “demos” / Pill Factory
cJun 78
James Chance (voc/sax)
Arto Linsay (gtr)
George Scott (bass)
Bradley Field (drms)

#7
cJun 78 – 80
James Chance (voc/sax)
Pat Place (gtr)
Adele Bertei (keyb)
George Scott (bass)
Jody Harris (gtr)
Don Christensen (drms)

“Max’s Kansas City Jam”
Oct 78
James Chance (voc/sax)
Don Christensen (drms)
George Scott (bass)
James Nares (gtr)
Kristian Hoffman (gtr)
Lydia Lunch (voc/gtr)

Kristian Hoffman is also in Klaus Nomi‘s band, Chiko Hige later in Friction
Lydia Lunch is also in Teenage Jesus & the Jerks
James Chance (Jim Siegfried) is ex-Death, Scabs, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks
Reck is ex-Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, later in Friction.  Adele Bertei is ex-Wolves
Jody Harris, Don Christensen, David Hostra are ex-Loose Screws
Jody Harris is ex-Mars, Lester Bang’s band
Bradley Field is also in Teenage Jesus & the Jerks
Arto Lindsay is also in DNA,later in Lounge Lizards.  Denise Mercedes later in Rat Scabies’ Runners, Stimulators