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Birth name
  
Lydia Anne Koch

Record labels
  
ZE Records, 4AD

Name
  
Lydia Lunch

Years active
  
1976–present

Instruments
  
Vocals, guitar


Lydia Lunch with Federico Fiumani da Giovane


Born
  
June 2, 1959 (age 64) Rochester, New York, United States (
1959-06-02
)

Occupation(s)
  
Singer, songwriter, actor, self-empowerment speaker

Associated acts
  
Role
  
Singer · lydia-lunch-official.com

Movies
  
Fingered, Kiss Napoleon Goodbye, Mutantes

Music groups
  
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks (1977 – 1979), 8 Eyed Spy, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Pigface, Lab Report

Genres
  
No wave, Post-punk, Industrial music, Avant-garde music, Spoken word

Albums
  
Queen of Siam, Shotgun Wedding, Big Sexy Noise, Honeymoon in Red, Twin Horses

Similar People
  
Rowland S Howard, Richard Kern, Thurston Moore, Cypress Grove, JG Thirlwell

Lydia lunch the gospel singer from big sexy noise live


Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch, June 2, 1959) is an American singer, poet, writer, actress and self-empowerment speaker. Her career was spawned by the New York no wave scene.

Contents

Lydia Lunch wearing a dress while holding a cigarette

Her work typically features provocative and confrontational noise music delivery, and has maintained an anti-commercial ethic, operating independently of major labels and distributors. Lunch's moniker was given to her by Willy DeVille, because she stole food for her friends. The Boston Phoenix named Lunch one of the ten most influential performers of the 1980s.

Lydia Lunch wearing a black shirt

Lydia lunch live interview big sexy noise


Early life

Lydia Lunch wearing a black shirt and a ring

Lunch was born in Rochester, New York. She moved to New York City at the age of 16 and eventually moved into a communal household of artists and musicians. Soon Willy DeVille gave her the name "Lunch" because she often stole lunches for the Dead Boys.

Music

After befriending Alan Vega and Martin Rev at Max's Kansas City, she founded the short-lived but influential no wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, with James Chance. Both Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and the Contortions, Chance's subsequent band, played on the no wave compilation No New York, produced by Brian Eno. Lunch later appeared on two songs on James White and the Blacks album, Off-White.

Lunch's solo career featured collaborations with musicians such as J. G. Thirlwell, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Nick Cave, Marc Almond, Billy Ver Planck, Steven Severin, Robert Quine, Sadie Mae, Rowland S. Howard, Michael Gira, the Birthday Party, No Trend, Sort Sol, Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth, Oxbow, Die Haut, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Black Sun Productions, and French band Sibyl Vane, who put one of her poems to music.

In the mid-1980s, she formed her own recording and publishing company called "Widowspeak Productions" (also known as just "Widowspeak"), on which she continues to release her own material, from music to spoken word. Two albums published by Lunch's label were released in 2013: Collision Course & Trust The Witch, by Big Sexy Noise (released on Cherry Red), and Retrovirus (released on Interbang Records); both albums are by Lunch's musical projects.

Lunch released her studio album Smoke in the Shadows in November 2004, through Atavistic Records and Breakin Beats, after a six-year break from music. Nels Cline, the lead guitarist of alternative rock band Wilco, was featured on the album. Smoke in the Shadows was met with positive reviews by Allmusic, PopMatters, and Tiny Mix Tapes.

In 2009 Lunch formed the band Big Sexy Noise. The group features Lunch on vocals, James Johnston (guitars), Terry Edwards (organ, saxophone), and Ian White (drums). Johnston, White and Edwards are members of the British band Gallon Drunk. A six-track eponymous EP was released on June 1, 2009, through Sartorial Records, and included a cover of Lou Reed's song "Kill Your Sons," as well as "The Gospel Singer", a song co-written with Gordon. The debut, self-titled album, Big Sexy Noise, was released in 2010, followed by Trust The Witch in 2011. For both albums, Lunch and her band completed tours throughout Europe.

In 2010, The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project launched We Are Only Riders, the first of a series of four albums featuring Pierce's previously-unreleased works-in-progress. The album features interpretations of Pierce's work by friends, collaborators, and admirers, including Lunch. Lunch also contributed to the second album from the project, The Journey is Long, which was released in April 2012.

Although the Pierce Sessions Project's third and final album, The Task Has Overwhelmed Us, was due for release in late 2012, the schedule was changed after the release of the second installment. Glitterhouse Records, the label producing the collection, instead released a third album titled Axles & Sockets in May 2014, on which Lunch performs "The Journey Is Long" with Pierce's recordings. The label explained that the third album has become the "penultimate" full-length release of the Project, but did not name the final album, or its release date.

Lunch released the album Retrovirus (also the name of the band Lunch plays with) in 2013 on Interbang Records and ugEXPLODE (the vast majority of the album tracks are published by Widowspeak). Together with band members Weasel Walter, Algis Kizys, and Bob Bert, Lunch performed a show following the album's release at the Bowery Electric venue in New York City, US, in May 2013.

Film

She appeared in two films by directors Scott B and Beth B. In Black Box she played a dominatrix, and in Vortex she played a private detective named Angel Powers. During this time, she also appeared in a number of films by Vivienne Dick, including She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978) and Beauty Becomes The Beast (1979), co-starring with Pat Place. In 2011, Lunch appeared in Mutantes: punk, porn, feminism, a film directed by Virginie Despentes, also featuring Kaylee Sprinkle and Catherine Breillat She also wrote, directed and acted in underground films, sometimes collaborating with underground filmmaker and photographer Richard Kern.

Spoken word

Lunch has recorded and performed as a spoken word artist, collaborating with artists such as Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, Don Bajema and Hubert Selby Jr. as well as hosting spoken-word performance night "The Unhappy Hour" at the Parlour Club.

Literature

In 1997, Lunch released Paradoxia, a loose autobiography, in which she documented her early life, sexual history, substance abuse and mental health problems. Time Out New York gave it a favorable review, while Bookslut ambiguously concluded "It's to the reader to determine whether Lunch's study goes deeper than that, or if instead, it's a kind of literary and philosophical repetition compulsion, a reprisal of greatest hits from male nihilists, sexual adventurers and chroniclers of deviance." PopMatters called it a "brutal but boring and predictable circus, about which Lunch shows no emotions. Only fatigue seems to have given her pause." Other reviewers praised Lunch's candor while expressing reservations about her prose.

Additionally, Lunch has authored both traditional books and comix (with award-winning graphic novel artist Ted McKeever).

Other work

In 2007, Lunch appeared on a viral video that was recorded backstage after a Joe Rogan comedy show, in which she confronts Rogan for making jokes about "dumb women" in his comedy act. The interaction becomes inflamed when Lunch becomes confrontational, whereby she commands the comedian to make eye contact and comments: "I was going to put my cigarette up his nose, but that's okay." Lunch then withdraws from her initial approach, claiming that her cigarette comment was not serious.

In 2013, Lunch ran self-empowerment workshops in locations such as Ojai, California, US and Rennes, France. In regard to the Rennes workshop, her inaugural self-empowerment event, Lunch recalled: "Every day people would come in that would have to get a hug. I felt like mother India." In April of that year, Lunch said that she is the producer of the Emilio Cubeiro album Death of an Asshole.

Personal life

In 2004, she left the U.S. for Barcelona, which is her residence as of December 2013.

Solo

Albums
  • Queen of Siam (1980)
  • 13.13 (1981)
  • Honeymoon in Red (1987)
  • Unearthly Delights (1992)
  • Twisted (1992)
  • Matrikamantra (1997)
  • Smoke in the Shadows (2004)
  • Retrovirus (live, 2013)
  • Urge to Kill (as Lydia Lunch Retrovirus) (2015)
  • EPs
  • Drunk on the Pope's Blood/The Agony Is the Ecstacy (split with the Birthday Party, 1982)
  • In Limbo (1984)
  • Singles
  • "No Excuse" (1997)
  • Compilation albums
  • Hysterie (1986)
  • Widowspeak (1998)
  • Deviations on a Theme (2006)
  • Video albums
  • Willing Victim (The Audience as Whipping Boy) (live in Graz, Austria, 2004)
  • Teenage Jesus and the Jerks

    EPs
  • Pre Teenage Jesus and the Jerks (1979)
  • Singles
  • "Baby Doll" (1979)
  • "Orphans" (1979)
  • Compilation albums
  • Teenage Jesus and the Jerks (1979)
  • Everything (1995)
  • Shut Up and Bleed (2008)
  • Appears on
  • No New York (1978)
  • Beirut Slump

  • "Try Me" (1979)
  • 8-Eyed Spy

    Albums
  • 8-Eyed Spy (1981; reissued as Luncheone in 1995)
  • Live (1981)
  • Singles
  • "Diddy Wah Diddy" (1980)
  • Harry Crews

  • Naked in Garden Hills (1987)
  • Big Sexy Noise

  • Big Sexy Noise (2009)
  • Trust the Witch (2011)
  • Collaborations

  • Some Velvet Morning with Rowland S. Howard (EP, 1982)
  • The Drowning of Lucy Hamilton with Lucy Hamilton (EP, 1985)
  • Heart of Darkness with No Trend (EP, 1985)
  • The Crumb with Thurston Moore (EP, 1987)
  • Stinkfist with Clint Ruin (EP, 1987)
  • Don't Fear the Reaper with Clint Ruin (EP, 1991)
  • Shotgun Wedding with Rowland S. Howard (1991)
  • Transmutation + Shotgun Wedding Live in Siberia with Rowland S. Howard (1994)
  • The Desperate Ones with Glyn Styler (EP, 1997)
  • Champagne, Cocaïne & Nicotine Stains with Anubian Lights (EP, 2002)
  • Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Lydia Lunch with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (EP, 2007)
  • U Turn with Minox (EP, 2008)
  • Lydia Lunch and Philippe Petit – (2011)
  • A Fistful of Desert Blues with Cypress Grove (2014)
  • Twin Horses with Cypress Grove (2014) a split album with Spiritual Front
  • Under The Covers with Cypress Grove (2017).
  • Appears on

  • Off White, James White and the Blacks (1979)
  • Der Karibische Western, Die Haut (EP, 1982)
  • Thirsty Animal, Einstürzende Neubauten (EP, 1982)
  • "Boy-Girl", Sort Sol ( 1983)
  • Dagger & Guitar, Sort Sol (1983)
  • "Death Valley '69", Sonic Youth (1984)
  • A Dozen Dead Roses, No Trend (LP, 1985)
  • Death Valley '69, Sonic Youth (EP, 1986)
  • King of the Jews, Oxbow (1991)
  • 13 Above the Night, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (LP, 1993)
  • Dirty Little Secrets: Music to Strip By, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (LP, 1999)
  • Head On, Die Haut (1992)
  • Sweat, Die Haut (1992)
  • Unhealthy, Lab Report (1994)
  • York, The Foetus Symphony Orchestra (1997)
  • Brooklyn Bank, Here (1998)
  • OperettAmorale (compilation tribute album to Bertolt Brecht, 2005)
  • The Impossibility of Silence, Black Sun Productions (2006)
  • Ankitoner Metamars, Ankitoner Metamars (2007)
  • We Are Only Riders, The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (2010)
  • The Journey Is Long, The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (2012)
  • Axels & Sockets, The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (2014)
  • Synthetic Love Dream, David Lackner (2014)
  • Spoken word

  • Better An Old Demon Than A New God, Giorno Poetry Systems comp. f/ William S. Burroughs, Psychic TV, Richard Hell and others (1984)
  • The Uncensored, solo (1984)
  • Hard Rock, solo (split cassette w. Michael Gira / Ecstatic Peace, 1984)
  • Oral Fixation, solo (12", 1988)
  • Our Fathers who Aren't in Heaven, w. Henry Rollins, Hubert Selby Jr. and Don Bajema (1990)
  • Conspiracy of Women, solo (1990)
  • South of Your Border, w. Emilio Cubeiro (1991)
  • POW, solo (1992)
  • Crimes Against Nature, solo spoken-word anthology (Tripple X/Atavistic, 1994)
  • Rude Hieroglyphics, w. Exene Cervenka (Rykodisc, 1995)
  • Universal Infiltrators, (Atavistic, 1996)
  • The Devil's Racetrack (2000)
  • Flood Stains, w. Juan Azulay (2010)
  • Writer

  • The Right Side of My Brain (1985)
  • Fingered (1986)
  • Plays

    (both written, acted, directed and produced with Emilio Cubeiro)

  • South of Your Border (1988)
  • Smell of Guilt (1990)
  • Books

  • "Adulterers Anonymous " (1982 with Exene Cervenka)
  • AS-FIX-E-8 (1990 with Mike Matthews)
  • Bloodsucker (1992 with Bob Fingerman)
  • Incriminating Evidence Last Gasp, 1992
  • Adulterers Anonymous Last Gasp, 1996
  • Toxic Gumbo (1998 with Ted McKeever)
  • Paradoxia: A Predator's Diary Creation Books, 1999
  • The Gun is Loaded Black Dog Publishing London UK, 2007
  • Will Work for Drugs Akashic, 2009
  • The Need to Feed: Recipes for Developing a Healthy Obsession with Deeply Satisfying Foods RCS MediaGroup Universe imprint, 2012
  • Filmography

    Actress
    2022
    Never Gate (Short)
    2020
    Mz Neon feat. Lydia Lunch: Cop Fucker (Music Video)
    2014
    The Circular Ruins (Video short) as
    Night (voice)
    2014
    Lydia Lunch & Marc Hurtado: Harlem (Music Video) as
    Lydia Lunch
    2014
    Kill Us All (Short)
    2012
    Bye Bye Blondie as
    La chanteuse
    2010
    Flood Stains as
    Saltmaster
    2010
    Godkiller: Walk Among Us as
    Bub (voice)
    2009
    For the End of Time as
    Voice Over (voice)
    2008
    Lydia Lunch: Video Hysterie - 1978-2006 (Video)
    2008
    Death of the Reel as
    Narrator
    2005
    American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis (Short) as
    Narrator
    2004
    The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things as
    Social Worker #2
    2001
    Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd (Video)
    1996
    Baby Trouble Hole as
    Performer
    1996
    Visiting Desire as
    Sitter
    1994
    The Power of the Word with Bill Moyers (TV Mini Series)
    1991
    Thanatopsis (Short)
    1990
    Kiss Napoleon Goodbye as
    Hedda
    1989
    The Gun Is Loaded (Short) as
    Lydia Lunch / Lucy
    1988
    Fingered (Short)
    1987
    Submit to Me Now (Short)
    1985
    Submit to Me (Short)
    1985
    The Right Side of My Brain (Short)
    1982
    Vortex as
    Angel Powers
    1981
    Subway Riders
    1980
    Raw Nerves (Short)
    1980
    The Offenders
    1979
    Beauty Becomes the Beast
    1979
    Black Box (Short)
    1978
    Rome '78
    1978
    She Had Her Gun All Ready (Short)
    Composer
    2014
    Kill Us All (Short)
    2013
    Type A (Video short)
    2010
    Flood Stains
    2010
    The Return of Post Apocalyptic Cowgirls
    2009
    Infidèles
    2008
    Post-Apocalyptic Cowgirls
    2008
    Lydia Lunch: Video Hysterie - 1978-2006 (Video)
    2003
    Nós
    1988
    Fingered (Short)
    1986
    Goodbye 42nd Street (Short)
    1985
    The Right Side of My Brain (Short)
    1982
    Vortex
    Writer
    2021
    Artists - Depression, Anxiety & Rage (Short documentary) (concept)
    2014
    Kill Us All (Short)
    2010
    Flood Stains (screenplay)
    1991
    Thanatopsis (Short)
    1990
    Kiss Napoleon Goodbye
    1989
    The Gun Is Loaded (Short) (written by)
    1988
    Fingered (Short)
    1985
    The Right Side of My Brain (Short)
    Soundtrack
    2020
    My Lover the Killer (Documentary) (performer: "Baby Killer", "I'm Sorry but I'm Not", "Ghost Town", "The Sweeping of a Moment", "You Can't Save Anyone", "Homeicide", "Shelter", "Ashes Are What's Left", "Poltergush", "Harlem", "Sniper", "Frankie Teardrop") / (writer: "Baby Killer", "I'm Sorry but I'm Not", "Ghost Town", "The Sweeping of a Moment", "You Can't Save Anyone", "Homeicide", "Shelter", "Ashes Are What's Left", "Poltergush", "Baby Doll")
    2017
    Preacher (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
    - Dallas (2017) - (writer: "My Eyes")
    2015
    Punk Berlin 1982 (performer: "Need to Feed") / (writer: "Need to Feed")
    2011
    Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (Documentary) (lyrics: "Cisco Sunset") / (performer: "Some Velvet Morning", "Cisco Sunset")
    2010
    The Return of Post Apocalyptic Cowgirls (performer: "Beautiful Liar", "Devil Winds", "TB Sheets", "Cisco", "What is Memory") / (writer: "Beautiful Liar", "Devil Winds", "Cisco", "What is Memory")
    2009
    Ànima (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
    - Episode #1.60 (2009) - (performer: "Ghost of Spain")
    2005
    Two Drifters (performer: "Champagne, Cocaine & Nicotine Stains") / (writer: "Champagne, Cocaine & Nicotine Stains")
    2005
    East of Sunset (performer: "Heart Attack and Vine") / (producer: "Heart Attack and Vine")
    2004
    Kill Your Idols (Documentary) ("How Men Die in Their Sleep")
    2004
    I Pass for Human ("Cisco Sunset", "Dead in the Head", "Fields of Fire", "Solo Mystico Revisited", "Burning Skulls") / (lyrics: "Cisco Sunset", "Dead in the Head", "Fields of Fire", "Solo Mystico Revisited")
    2000
    Downtown 81 (performer: "The Closet") / (writer: "The Closet")
    Music Department
    1986
    Sonic Youth Feat. Lydia Lunch: Death Valley 69 (Music Video) (performed by: With) / (written by)
    1982
    Vortex (musician)
    Camera Department
    2012
    Bye Bye Blondie (still photographer)
    2004
    The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (still photographer)
    Director
    2021
    Artists - Depression, Anxiety & Rage (Short documentary)
    Producer
    2014
    Kill Us All (Short) (producer)
    Miscellaneous
    2019
    Spit and Ashes (voice over and chants)
    Thanks
    2020
    My Lover the Killer (Documentary) (thanks)
    2011
    Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (Documentary) (special thanks)
    2006
    Wild Tigers I Have Known (special thanks)
    2004
    Kill Your Idols (Documentary) (special thanks)
    Self
    -
    No New York (Documentary) (filming) as
    Self
    2021
    City of Night (Short) as
    Self / Reader (voice)
    2020
    My Lover the Killer (Documentary) as
    Self
    2019
    Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (Documentary)
    2018
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Lower East Side (2018) - Self
    2016
    The Ripple Effect (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Robert Williams and Juxtapoz (2016) - Self
    2016
    L7: Pretend We're Dead (Documentary) as
    Self
    2016
    Offal (Short) as
    Self
    2016
    Vinyl Generation (Documentary) as
    Self
    2015
    Not Junk Yet: The Art of Lary 7 (Documentary) as
    Self
    2014
    From ATP: From Pain and Pleasure (Documentary)
    2014
    Women of Rock Oral History Project at the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Tanya Pearson Interview with Lydia Lunch (2014) - Self
    2012
    Kulturzeit (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 31 May 2012 (2012) - Self
    2011
    Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (Documentary) as
    Self - Interviewee
    2010
    Wild Thing (Documentary) as
    Self
    2010
    Fake Orgasm (Documentary)
    2010
    Blank City (Documentary)
    2009
    Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self - Interviewee
    2009
    No Wave - Underground '80: Berlin - New York (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    2009
    Ànima (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #1.60 (2009) - Self
    2009
    NYC Foetus (Documentary)
    2007
    Llik Your Idols (Documentary) as
    Self
    2006
    You Can Execute Her But You Can't Kill Her (Documentary short) as
    Self
    2006
    Kill Your Idols: More. (Video documentary) as
    Self
    2004
    American Fame Pt. 1: Drowning River Phoenix (Documentary short) as
    Narrator
    2004
    Kill Your Idols (Documentary) as
    Self
    2002
    D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (Documentary) as
    Self - Interviewee
    2002
    Doug Stanhope: Word of Mouth (Video) as
    Self / Distractions
    2001
    Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock (Documentary) as
    Self
    1998
    Paradoxia as
    Self
    1997
    Synesthesia (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Lydia Lunch (1997) - Self
    1994
    Die Haut - Sweat (Video) as
    Self
    1993
    No Age, New York as
    Self
    1990
    The Road to God Knows Where (Documentary) as
    Self
    1989
    Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets (Documentary) as
    Self
    1988
    Mondo New York (Documentary) as
    Prologue
    1987
    Invisible Thread (TV Movie) as
    Self
    1987
    Put More Blood Into the Music (Documentary)
    1987
    Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends (Video) as
    Self
    1986
    Sonic Youth Feat. Lydia Lunch: Death Valley 69 (Music Video) as
    Self
    1984
    Under en Sort Sol - Et Portræt af Sods (Documentary short) as
    Self
    1983
    Like Dawn to Dust (Short) as
    Self
    1983
    The Wild World of Lydia Lunch (Short) as
    Self
    1979
    Alien Portrait (Short) as
    Self
    1979
    No New York Festival - Berlin (TV Special documentary) as
    Self
    1978
    Guerillere Talks (Documentary short) as
    Self
    1978
    Punking Out (Documentary short) as
    Self
    Archive Footage
    1997
    Degeneration Punk (Documentary) as
    Self
    1988
    Sonic Youth: Teenage Riot (Music Video) as
    Lydia Lunch (uncredited)

    References

    Lydia Lunch Wikipedia


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