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Lydia Lunch


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Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is a controversial American singer, artist, poet, writer, photographer, and actress. Her extensive, 30-year-plus body of multimedia work is characterized by its extreme obsessiveness with the darkness of the human psyche, often focusing on nihilism, rage, violence, eroticism, surrealism, and pornographic art as key points of topic.

After arriving in New York City at the age of 16, she worked as a bar maid and go-go dancer at the Baby Doll Lounge on White street in Tribeca. Lydia met Suicide (who become her first friend in NYC) and Willy DeVille (who gave her the name ‘Lunch’ because she’d often been stealing lunch for The Dead Boys). Then she moved in for about a year with then-boyfriend James Chance (born James Siegfried) who had come to New York (from Milwaukee) in the last week of 1975. They lived at a funky two-room fifth-floor walk-up apartment on East 2nd street (between Avenue A and B) and at a tiny storefront on Twelfth street.

Lunch moved into a large communal household of artists and musicians in NYC, including Kitty Bruce, daughter of Lenny Bruce. After befriending the ‘godfathers of punk’ Suicide at Max’s Kansas City, she founded the short-lived but influential No Wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks in 1976 with her artistic partner, James Chance.


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  • EmptyH0le

    who tagged her as riot grrrl? She's absolutely not!

    17 Mar 9:31pm Reply
  • narci91

    Are people seriously still talking about that interview? Maybe she would have humoured him if the whole thing wasn't so half-witted [2]

    6 Mar 11:07am Reply
  • spacemangraig

    saw her live with Retrovirus,now I'm hooked.

    6 Mar 10:23am Reply
  • JamesMullard

    Are people seriously still talking about that interview? Maybe she would have humoured him if the whole thing wasn't so half-witted

    24 Jan 7:01pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    лучшая из женщин. не будь я чайлд-фри, назвал бы в честь нее своего ребенка.

    24 Jan 10:53am Reply
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    20 Jan 8:18pm Reply
  • OctoberFogGloom

    Interesting woman.

    1 Jan 6:04am Reply

    I like Lydia and don't really like nardwuar, but she is a fucking idiot in that interview. for such an intelligent person she really comes across as having no idea of the most basic attempts at sarcasm. maybe she was in a bad mood... but, I fucking hate it when people take out their moods on people who don't deserve it... I've turned into one of those people that vent on the internet. sorry ;)

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bascuuu

    if lou reed was a woman??!!

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    A Woman Ideal For Me... Adore This Bitch

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • LSDerrington

    Footage from last weekend for those interested:

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Solemnmind

    I usually don't care about the personality of a musician when listening to their work and Lydia has made a few albums I actually enjoy. However, after watching this I don't think I can ever take her seriously...

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    gotta laugh at the lil ____s here sexualizing _______. [2] --drama license applied!!--

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wingedwater

    i adore this bitch

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • TIWL

    @alexandramkjw: Asshole? you must be fucking kidding me, are you telling me buncha douchebags talking shit about her made you say that?

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • alexandramkjw

    She's not the only asshole in the music industry, and it doesn't matter. The important thing is if you enjoy her music (or not).

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Gotta laugh at the little boys here sexualising Lydia Lunch. She would make them shake and cry with mere words.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Auland

    Now that I watched her Nardwuar interview I hate her, not even the kind of hate you like having for a person. Her personality is deplorable but I still enjoy her music here and there.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • epiphanygene

    selling my copy of Lydia's "The Devil's Racetrack" spoken word album here if anyone's interested (UK only Im afraid) -

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
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