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Jack Lee

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There are two artists by this name:

1) Jack Lee is an American . Alongside Paul Collins (later of Paul Collins’ Beat) and Peter Case (later of The Plimsouls), Lee formed the seminal, yet short-lived Los Angeles trio The Nerves. Lee played guitar for the group, favouring a thin, un-embellished, and rhythmic playing style, along with composing and singing most of the group’s songs. He has also had a solo career, exploring other styles.

The Nerves, originally based in San Francisco, made the move to Los Angeles in 1976, and began putting on a series of self-promoted and self-financed concerts, providing a focal gathering point for many members of L.A.’s nascent punk scene, as well as giving many of L.A.’s early punk bands their initial shows (The Weirdos, The Screamers and The Dils, among others). This ‘Do It Yourself’ aesthetic (although not usually associated with music extant pre-punk) was also reflected in the Nerves’ self-financed and self-released 1976 EP - the four songs from which (two of them Lee compositions) all going on to much-deserved reverence, if not mainstream recognition, amongst punk and power pop circles. Though in hindsight influential, this self-contained recording and gigging strategy most likely placed undue stress upon the relationship between the three band members.

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  • Sundaeg1rl

    I think someone's got their Jack Lees mixed up. Pretty sure New Wave punk songwriter legend doesn't play the fucking bagpipes!

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jessesamuel

    Middle of the Night is quite the listening experience.

    18 Aug 2007 Reply

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