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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 Alan Vega (who became 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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  • Supercoolguy64

    queen of swag-iam

    Yesterday 11:26pm Reply
  • munframed

    She is amazing!

    13 Mar 2:52am Reply
  • Kyonil

    Good.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • greeniscolor

    ar y okey?

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • d0l

    are people that simplistic as to think you cannot love both nardwuar and lydia lunch? o please

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    same, she's the best no wave waifu

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • pimkach

    i adore this bitch

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    "I don't like/wouldn't fuck Lydia Lunch" *tips fedora*

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Reflechissant

    She is a hot bitch

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    teenage jesus and the jerks, 13.13, smoke in the shadows are all good

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MattAurand

    i'm all for separating the art from the artist but she has literally no redeeming qualities about her goddamn

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    But that interview is my favorite! "I've never wanted to commit suicide but I'm always ready for murder" is one of best quotes of all time :-)

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • rhayader18

    Are people seriously still talking about that interview? Maybe she would have humoured him if the whole thing wasn't so half-witted [3]

    2 Jun 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • spacemangraig

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

    6 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

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

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • aske_

    Fingered

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • OctoberFogGloom

    Interesting woman.

    1 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TREMOLO69

    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
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