Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

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Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

Queen of Siam
 is the debut solo album American artist Lydia Lunch, released in February 9, 1980 by record label ZE.

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

Queen of Siam is the debut solo album American artist Lydia Lunch, released in February 9, 1980 by record label ZE.

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
1.
Mechanical Flattery

2:46

2.

Sam M. LewisRezső Seress

2:57

3.
Tied and Twist

2:55

4.
Buddy BuieJames Cobb, Harry Middlebrooks, Jr., Mike Shapiro

2:40

5.
Los Banditos

3:10

6.
Atomic Bongos

2:17

7.
Lady Scarface
3:12
8.
A Cruise to the Moon
3:54
9.
Carnival Fat Man
2:11
10.
Knives in the Drain
4:00
11.
Blood of Tin”
1:09

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

Ada Calhoun writes about Lydia Lunch, the downtown doyenne and former lead singer of the No Wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, who is now a self-empowerment guru. Below, Calhoun selects a few highlights of Lunch’s life in music and beyond.
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

In 1976, obsessed with glam rock and authors like Henry Miller, Hubert Selby and Jean Genet, Lydia Anne Koch, 16, moved to New York City from Rochester and hung around with downtown Manhattan bands. “I moved to New York because of the New York Dolls,” she says. “I felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body, and here were men trapped in women’s clothing.” But she quickly felt as if she’d outgrown them: “Patti Smith, Piss Factory, Television, New York Dolls — that was all great when you’re 13, 14, but when you’re 17, it doesn’t push it far enough.” She was nicknamed Lunch by the group Mink DeVille because she stole food for her friends.

 

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As the teenage lead singer of the stark, almost militaristic No Wave group Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Lunch outpunked the punks around her. “[No Wave] was people that were picking up instruments for the first time, finding new forms, inventing their own stylistic directions, their own tunings,” says the musician J.G. Thirlwell. “[Lunch] was inventing an incredible style . . . Sex Pistols has Chuck Berry in it. This didn’t have Chuck Berry in it.”

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

 “We went wherever we could get in free, and mainly that was CBGB,” Lunch says. “Max’s sometimes, not that often, although they had great shows. Then the Mudd Club, just wherever. We hung out on the street a lot as well. We did a lot of stoop sitting.” She and Sclavunos (with her in this photo) met at CBGB. When he heard there was going to be a vacancy in Lunch’s band, he asked to join it. “She said there were some requirements,” he says. “One was that I lose my virginity to her. I did become the bass player in the band.”

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

 

“In the first film we did together” — “”The Right Side of My Brain” — “it was more poetry, talking about that stuff,” Richard Kern says. “She’s being poetic about relationships, usually in which women are abused. Now she just comes right out and says it.”

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

 

In one especially disturbing scene of this black-and-white exploitation film based on Lunch’s stories, Nation and Lunch violently attack a character played by the actress Lung Leg. Kern recalls that as soon as they finished shooting the violent scene, Lunch said, “I think we need another take.”

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch

 

In 1992, Lunch published “Incriminating Evidence,” which featured the piece “Daddy Dearest,” accusing her father of sexual abuse. She spent the ’90s performing in bands and as a spoken-word artist. She left the United States in 2004 for Barcelona, where she has lived since.

 

 

Lunch now tours with several bands, including Retrovirus and Big Sexy Noise. “People just don’t like to be uncomfortable,” Lunch says. “It is my job. . . . What I do is a calling, it’s a duty. . . . When I was in my 20s, I said I will be the oldest living woman of rage.”

 

Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
 
Queen of Siam by Lydia Lunch
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