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Delicate but scathing,
This review is from: Teenage Jesus And The Jerks - Everything (Audio CD)
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks were the first no wavers of the New York punk scene. They set out the deconstruct music and make it fit to their rules. The guitar playing is barely coherant but Lunch's pained, coaxing, pleading voice shines through. Her lyrics are delicate, telling tales of bare footed orphans, bored middle-class housewives, the pain of love - never love songs, pain is always a theme recurrent with Lunch. It keeps her strong, and gives life to her music. Teenage Jesus were a new take on punk as it was in 1977/8. The songs are generally no longer than 2 minutes, as if they might implode or explode if they exceeded 120 seconds. They once played a concert that was three minutes long - three songs and not even a goodbye. The essence of Teenage Jesus, fleeting, intangible, just out of reach, brilliant and scorching.