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James Chance and the Contortions

  • Live in New York [ROIR, 1981] B-

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Live in New York [ROIR, 1981]
Boy, has this shit dated--it's worn as thin as the sidemen's professionalism and James's embouchure. And the titles go beyond petty candor into keep-your-self-to-yourself-please--a "White Cannibal" with "Money to Burn" and (give this boy a benefit) "Sophisticated Cancer"? Sure it's nice to hear "King Heroin" covered with so much soul. But when he opens with "I Feel Good, I Got You" he's lying three ways. B-