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Jim Sclavunos

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Jim Sclavunos is an American rock music drummer, percussionist and producer.
At 6’7”, Sclavunos, a half-Greek and half-Italian from Brooklyn, New York , is one of the tallest rock musicians.

He’s performed with Sonic Youth, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Lydia Lunch and was a member of 8 Eyed Spy, The Cramps, and Alice Texas. Sclavunos, who was memorably described in the pages of The Wire as an “infamous elegant degenerate,” has been a key player in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds since 1996. During that time, James also formed his own musical ensemble, The Vanity Set.

Sclavunos has long been a prime mover in the New York City’s vibrant underground music scene, helping to kick-start the vital No Wave movement (in Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and 8 Eyed Spy), before playing with Sonic Youth and The Cramps. He is currently performing with his own band The Vanity Set, while still performing with Nick Cave in both The Bad Seeds and Grinderman.

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Red Transistor (1977)
The Gynecologists (1978)
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks (1978)
Beirut Slump (1978)
Eight Eyed Spy (1979)
devil dogs (1980)
In Limbo (1982)
Sonic Youth (1982)
Panther Burns (1983)
Trigger & the Thrill Kings (1983-86)
Shotgun Wedding (1991)
The Cramps (1991-92)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1996-to date)
Congo Norvell (1990-98)
The Gunga Din (1999-2000)
The Vanity Set (2000-to date)
Grinderman (2006-to date)

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