Freitag, 15. April 2016

Funky Friday

Bildergebnis für lizzy mercier descloux

I think it was in the late 70s when the ZE-label appeared on the scene but I got aware of it in the early 80s. The No Wave scene was gone and many artists were signed by ZE-records. In these days a new fresh and weird sound slopped over from the other side of the Atlantic ocean. James Chance, Material, Lydia Lunch and others fascinated us with their new and unbound sound. Lizzy Mercier Descloux was a forming member of French punk scene together with Michel Esteban the co-founder of ZE-label. Soon they moved over to New York to join the local punk scene around Patti Smith and Richard Hell. Her first record Press Colour was a brilliant little masterpiece of funk-influenced punk. Like many others she made cover-versions of well known songs and her version of Arthur Brown's Fire might be a good example how to interpret an old song. With her second record Mambo Nassau she had more influences of African music in her sound. But still the funky guitar ruled the sound although the sound was warmer than before. After a few more records she quit the music business to live in the Caribbean and working as a painter. She died 2004 at her birth place in Corsica.

1 Kommentar:

The Swede hat gesagt…

Great choices Walter. I've still got my original 'Press Color' LP and recently purchased the upgraded 'Deluxe' reissue. An influential artist.