Emerging in the late '70s with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, angry singer/poet/guitarist Lydia Lunch helped pioneer New York's no-wave movement, which was often characterized by atonal noise.
Lunch was born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959, in Rochester, N.Y. After the breakup of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, she ventured into new-wave territory. Her solo debut, Queen of Siam, featured such tracks as "Lady Scarface" and "Spooky," a cover of the Classics IV hit.
After fronting the short-lived blues-influenced band 8 Eyed Spy, Lunch formed the nihilistic 13:13, which issued an eponymous LP in 1981. The following year, she collaborated with the Birthday Party and wrote a book of poems, "Adulterers Anonymous," with Exene Cervenka of X.
In 1984, Lunch founded Widowspeak Productions to release her own music and that of others. She also began acting in films, including "The Right Side of My Brain" with Henry Rollins.
Honeymoon in Red (1987) was a joint effort with Rowland S. Howard, formerly of the Birthday Party. The pair also collaborated for Shotgun Wedding (1991).
In 1988, Lunch and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth issued the EP The Crumb. That same year, Lunch formed Harry Crews with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.
The triple-CD Lunch box set, Crimes Against Nature, was released by Triple X Records in 1993. Lunch and Cervenka teamed again for Rude Hieroglyphics in 1995. The following year, Lunch issued Universal Infiltrators.
Last year, Pilot Records released the double-CD Lunch collection Widowspeak, which features such cuts as "Death Valley '69" and "A Quiet Night of Murder in Greenwich, Connecticut."
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