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Come contort yourself…the New York No Wave classic from the CONTORTIONS is back! It’s just over 35 years since James Chance first assaulted turntables with the juddering jazz punk fusion that permeate the tracks immortalised on BUY.

Under the moniker the CONTORTIONS, explosive saxophonist James Chance… aka James White, with the help of several other noted New York art scene luminaries spearheaded a sub-genre dubbed No Wave; a deconstructionist approach to rock ‘n’ roll that mirrored New Yorks degradation and dissonance through avant garde compositions and articulated noise. Considered by many to be the missing link between modern jazz and punk, so-called No Wave got its name from the now famous No New York compilation curated by Brian Eno, after his experience of THE CONTORTIONS and other notable bands of the era at NYC’s Artists Space in ‘78.

The CONTORTIONS angular and coarse marriage to an avant jazz sensibility was the nucleus of the bands originality, a bitter sweet pill of funk and disco spat out via compellingly nihilistic live performances. Tracks such as ‘Contort Yourself’, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Happy’ and ‘Roving Eye’ serve as testaments to how jagged, confrontational and arresting a genuinely infectious groove can be, it’s no surprise BUY’s influence is evident everywhere from acid jazz through to the music of Talking Heads and Sonic Youth.

BUY THE CONTORTIONS serves as a truly original statement, sounding as cutting edge today as the day it was released and proving he was ‘down’ long before most modern seekers of the truth were even born, James Chance NYC ensemble took it to the next level. Provocative and drenched in an infinite cool Buy simultaneously serves as a document of a band on the brink of a new frontier, as well as a document of downtown New Yorks’ loft space art scene in the late 70’s, unwittingly about to shape the following decade.

So now, 35 years later, FUTURISMO and James Chance are proud to present the Redux version of this influential LP. Fully remastered and featuring two bonus tracks recorded at a brief reformation, this LP comes on heavy 180g limited edition coloured vinyl with free download. The record is encased in a mirror varnished gatefold sleeve containing a brand new booklet featuring rare photography by the late great Anya Phillips and new text by the legendary James Chance himself.

Get hip, get contorted. Don’t think just BUY.


1. Designed To Kill
2. My Infatuation
3. I Don’t Want To Be Happy
4. Anestetic
5. Contort Yourself
6. Throw Me Away
7.Roving Eye
8.Twice Removed
9. Bedroom Athlete
*10. Terminal City
*11. Incorrigable


180g 12″ Coloured Vinyl
Mirrorboard / Neon Ink Blocked Gatefold Outer Sleeve
12 Page Full Colour Book
Inner Sleeve

Vinyl Colours //
Lounge Smoke
Jazz Static

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