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New York City (1980 – 1983, 2008 – present)

Liquid Liquid was a New York City band that was active from 1980 to 1983. Their music was essentially groove-based, influenced by funk, dub, and punk. Liquid Liquid’s music did not easily fit into a genre, but it is often labeled or or . Arguments can be made for each genre (e.g., people who see Liquid Liquid as a no-wave band, often cite that Liquid Liquid did not follow standard song form , with their songs consisting entirely of bridges with no verses or choruses; and that like much of no-wave, Liquid Liquid’s music emphasized texture over melody), and to further complicate matters, they were popular with downtown NYC crowds that retroactively fit within all three of the movements (post-punk, post-disco, no-wave) and played venues that housed music from all three genres as well—so more than anything, Liquid Liquid’s music should probably be taken on its own merits.

While the band did not last for long (and they never got to release a full-length LP), their influence was deeply felt within dance music and hip-hop, because like their labelmates ESG, Liquid Liquid’s music has been sampled heavily over the years. Most infamously, Liquid Liquid’s song, “Cavern,” from their Optimo EP, was used (without permission) as the basis for Melle Mel’s (the lead rapper and main songwriter for Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five) “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” which became a hit in 1983 (when originally released, the record was credited to Grandmaster + Melle Mel.


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  • Vladislav-TrAsT

    like it so much

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    if you like these lot i suggest you check out 90s band UI...they funk on the same groove

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • Detective_Kane

    the grooviest band in the neighbourhood

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • klavabravo


    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Sandronic

    gorayama, я просто фэйспалмлю от вас. ВЫ знаете, что такое семплирование и чем оно отличается от плагиата?

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • gorayama

    Плагиат: Scraper -- CAN - Vitamin C, Cavern -- grandmaster flash - white lines, Optimo -- Booker T & the MG's - Soul Limbo

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rhinowing

    scraper is a masterpiece

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Nyasa_Lake

    I watched music video for Cavern on YouTube. just took fancy to it <3

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Liquid Liquid rules my life.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • StarfishSeastar


    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • indigoisgoodtog

    Thought of you guys many times over the years, from when I first heard you creating your music at Charles Lane Studios, and I thought you sucked, until Mike Lynch told me to stop and listen closely to what you were doing, and then WHAM, I got it! Sure enough you guys hit the dance charts with Cavern, and damn, was I jealous! Glad to see your sucess and wish you many more years doing what you love, Little Mike...

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • oaquard

    solid solid

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Callewaerty


    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Valdemar_KZN

    А по-моему, вполне, время зарождения хауса же) хотя наркоманства отрицать не могу)

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • found_life

    Наркоманами были пацаны?))) Такая музыка не нормальная для начала 80х)

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • minimalnoize

    @sonofawidow lmao dood go home.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • comicvictim

    @sonofawidow: man who enjoys this kinda music is a kool kinda guy, no matter what more

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • comicvictim

    i discovered them firt by their video then mobb deep's quiet storm!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    i like their percussion

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    fuck the hipsters who discovered these guys thru lcd soundsystem.

    8 May 2011 Reply
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