Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch

Infobox musical artist
Name = Lydia Lunch

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Lydia Koch
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Born = Birth date and age|1959|6|2|mf=y
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Origin = Rochester, New York
Instrument = Vocals, guitar
Genre = No Wave, spoken word, post-punk, art punk, punk jazz, experimental rock, avante-garde
Occupation = Singer, songwriter
Years_active = 1976 - present
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Associated_acts = Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
8-Eyed Spy
Harry Crews
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Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, and actress.


After arriving in New York City at the age of 16, Lunch moved into a large communal household of artists and musicians in NYC, including Kitty Bruce, daughter of Lenny Bruce. Soon after she earned the surname "Lunch" by regularly stealing lunches for her (often starving) artist friends. After befriending the 'godfathers of punk' Suicide at Max's Kansas City, she founded the short-lived but influential No Wave band Teenage Jesus & the Jerks in 1976 with her artistic partner, No Wave punk-funk-jazz musician James Chance. Both appeared on the seminal No Wave compilation "No New York". Lunch later appeared on two songs on Chance's album "Off White" (credited to James White and the Blacks; Lunch used the pseudonym "Stella Rico") in 1978.

She appeared in two films directed by the husband and wife film-making team of Scott B and Beth B; In the short film "Black Box" (1978) she played an unnamed torturer, and in the feature length, neo-noir thriller "Vortex" (1983) 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 the mid-'80s she formed her own recording and publishing company called "Widowspeak" on which she continues to release a slew of her own material from songs to spoken word.

Later, she was identified by the Boston Phoenix as "one of the 10 most influential performers of the '90s", Lunch's solo career featured collaborations with musicians such as J. G. Thirlwell, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Nick Cave, Marc Almond, Billy Ver Plank, Steven Severin, Robert Quine, Sadie Mae, Rowland S. Howard, Michael Gira, The Birthday Party, Einstürzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth, Die Haut, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Black Sun Productions and french band Sibyl Vane who put one of her spoken words into music. She also acted in, wrote, and directed underground films, sometimes collaborating with underground filmmaker and photographer Richard Kern (including several films such as "Fingered" in which she performed unsimulated sex acts), and more recently has recorded and performed as a spoken word artist, again collaborating with such artists as Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, Don Bajema, Hubert Selby Jr., and Emilio Cubeiro, as well as authoring both traditional books and comix (with award-winning graphic novel artist Ted McKeever).

In 1997 she released "Paradoxia", a loosely-based autobiography, in which she candidly documented her bisexual dalliances, substance abuse and flirtation with insanity. [ [ Nothing's Shocking: An Interview With Lydia Lunch] , Drew Fortune, 18 July 2008]

elected quotations

"I'm nihilistic, antagonistic, violent, horrible—but not obliterated, yet."

"I would be humiliated if I found out that anything I did actually became a commercial success."

"There're enough happy assholes out there, why should I be another one in the line..."

"It seems to me, that for over two thousand years now; mad-men, maniacs, and would be messiahs have been pilfering, have been pillaging, have been plundering, and have been raping the entire planet; and the way I see it, Mother Nature is getting pretty pissed off."

"No pornography exploits women. It exploits men. It’s the men that are made to look stupid, silly and ridiculous, chasing after the golden elixir. Women look beautiful, do what they wanna do and get paid for it."



*"No New York", Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (compilation Antilles 1978)
*"Babydoll b/w Freud In Flop", Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (7" / Lust/Unlust, 1979)
*"Try Me b/w Staircase", Beirut Slump (7" / Lust/Unlust, 1979)
*"Orphans b/w Less of Me", Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (7" / Migraine, 1979)
*"Pink", Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (12" / Lust/Unlust, 1979)
*"Pre-Teenage Jesus", Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (12" / ZE, 1979)
*"Off White", James White and the Blacks (LP / ZE, 1979; also credited as Stella Rico)
*"Queen of Siam", solo (LP / ZE, 1979)
*"Diddy Wah Diddy b/w Dead Me You B-Side", 8-Eyed Spy (7" / Fetish, 1980)
*"8-Eyed Spy", 8-Eyed Spy (LP / Fetish, 1981)
*"Live", 8-Eyed Spy (cassette / ROIR, 1981)
*Devil Dogs (live in Italy / unreleased, 1981)
*"13.13", solo (LP / Ruby Records, 1981)
*"The Agony is the Ectasy", solo (split 12" EP w. The Birthday Party / 4AD, 1982)
*"Some Velvet Morning", w. Rowland S. Howard (12" EP / 4AD, 1982)
*"Der Karibische Western", Die Haut (12" EP, 1982)
*"Thirsty Animal", Einstürzende Neubauten (12" EP, 1982)
*"Boy-Girl", Sort Sol (7", 1983)
*"Dagger & Guitar", Sort Sol (LP, 1983)
*"In Limbo", w. Thurston Moore (12" EP / Widowspeak, 1984)
*"Death Valley '69", w. Sonic Youth (7", 1984)
*"The Drowning of Lucy Hamilton", w. Lucy Hamilton aka China Berg of MARS (12" EP / Widowspeak, 1985)
*"A Dozen Dead Roses", No Trend (LP, 1985)
*"Heart of Darkness", w. No Trend (10" EP / Widowspeak, 1985)
*"Death Valley '69", w. Sonic Youth (12", 1986)
*"Hysterie", compilation of recordings 1976-1986 (LP, 1986 / Widowspeak Records)
*"The Crumb", w. Thurston Moore (12" EP / Widowspeak, 1987)
*"Honeymoon In Red", w. members of The Birthday Party (LP, 1987)
*"Stinkfist", w. Clint Ruin (12" EP, 1987)
*"Naked In Garden Hills", Harry Crews (1987)
*"Don't Fear the Reaper", w. Clint Ruin (12" EP, 1991)
*"Shotgun Wedding", w. Rowland S. Howard (CD, 1991)
*"A Girl Doesn't Get Killed by a Make Believe Lover...'cuz its Hot!", w. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult (CDS, 1991)
*"Head On", Die Haut (CD / Triple X, 1992)
*"Sweat", Die Haut (CD / Triple X, 1992)
*"Twisted", solo (7", 1992)
*"Unearthly Delights", solo (7", 1992)
*"Transmutation + Shotgun Wedding Live in Siberia", w. Rowland S. Howard (CD, 1994)
*"Everything", Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (CD re-issue/ Atavistic, 1995)
*"Luncheone", 8-Eyed Spy (CD re-issue/ Atavistic, 1995)
*"No Excuse b/w A Short History of Decay", w. Lee Ranaldo) (7" / Figurehead, 1997)
*"The Desperate Ones", w. Glyn Styler) (CD EP / Atavistic, 1997)
*"York (First Exit To Brooklyn)", w. The Foetus Symphony Orchestra (CD, 1997)
*"Matrikamantra", solo (CD, 1997)
*"Widowspeak: The Original Soundtrack", solo best-of compilation (2CD / NMC, 1998)
*"Smoke In The Shadows", solo (CD / Atavistic, 2004)
*"Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch, w. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (EP / Willie Anderson Recordings 2007)

poken 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)



*"She Had Her Gun All Ready", directed by Vivienne Dick (1978)
*"Guerillere Talks", directed by Vivienne Dick (1978)
*"Black Box", directed by Scott and Beth B (1979)
*"Beauty Becomes the Beast", directed by Vivienne Dick (1979)
*"The Offenders" (1979-1980)
*"Liberty's Booty" (1980)
*"Subway Riders", directed by Amos Poe (1981)
*"The Wild World of Lydia Lunch", directed by Nick Zedd (1983)
*"Like Dawn to Dust", directed by Vivienne Dick (1983)
*"Vortex", directed by Scott and Beth B (1983)
*"Submit to Me", directed by Richard Kern (1985)
*"The Right Side of My Brain", directed by Richard Kern (1985)
*"Fingered", directed by Richard Kern (1986)
*"Submit to Me Now", directed by Richard Kern (1987)
*"Mondo New York" (1987)
*"Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread" (1987)
*"Penn & Teller's BBQ Death Squad" (198?)
*"Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends" (1990)
*"The Road to God Knows Where" (1990)
*"Thanatopsis", directed by Beth B (1991)
*"Visiting Desire" (1996)
*"Power of the Word" (1996)
*"The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things" (2004)
*"Kill Your Idols" (2004)
*"Psychomentsrum" (unreleased)


*The Right Side of My Brain (1985)
*Fingered (1986)


*The Offenders (1980)
*Vortex (1983) (W/John Lurie, Adele Bertei, Pat Place, Beth B and Scott B)
*The Right Side of My Brain (1985)
*Goodbye 42nd Street (1986)
*Fingered (1986)
*I Pass for Human (2004)


*Rome 78 (1978)
*The Wild World of Lydia Lunch (1983)
*Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends (1987)
*Put More Blood into the Music (1987)
*The Gun is Loaded (1988-1989)
*The Road to God Knows Where (1990)
*Malicious Intent (1990)
*The Thunder (1992)
*Totem of the Depraved (1996)
*Paradoxia (1998)
*Lady Lazarus: Confronting Lydia Lunch (2000)
*Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock (2001)
*DIY or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (2002)
*Kill Your Idols (2004)


*American Fame Part 1: Drowning River Phoenix (2004) Cam ArcherAmerican Fame Part 2 (2004) Cam ArcherWild Tigers I Have Known Cam Archer )2005)


(both written, acted, directed and produced with Emilio Cubeiro)
*"South of Your Border" (1988)
*"Smell of Guilt" (1990)


*The Gun is Loaded. Black Dog Publishing London UK, 2007
*Paradoxia: A Predator's Diary. Creation Books, 1999
*Adulterers Anonymous. Last Gasp, 1996
*Incriminating Evidence. Last Gasp, 1992


*AS-FIX-E-8 (1990 with Mike Matthews)
*Bloodsucker (1992 with Bob Fingerman)
*Toxic Gumbo (1998 with Ted McKeever)


*Featured as the Ace of Hearts in by Annie Sprinkle (1995)
*Mentioned in an episode of The Venture Bros. by The Monarch in episode 13 from season 1, titled "Trial of the Monarch"

External links

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* [ 2007 interview at]


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