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10 no wave bands New York late 1970s

From Thurston Moore's book: "Sonic Life". He is one of the founders of Sonic Youth. He was "there" for so much that went on in the last quarter of the 20th century in New York. He name-drops everyone from the Butthole Surfers to Yoko Ono and Pauline Oliveros.

No Wave was a bizarre sub-genre of New Wave fairly regional to south New York City in the 1970s. The music resembled New York City at that time: grimy, noisy and dangerous.

This type of music was a combination of people who were completely insane, art school intellectuals, punk rock, and the avant-garde aesthetic.

    1. GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

    One of the most extreme stage performers of all time. A few hours after this video was taken he died of a heroin overdose.

    2. The Plasmatics

    3. The Dead Boys

    4. Suicide

    5. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks

    6. Theoretical Girls

    7. New York dolls

    8. Sonic Youth

    Not exactly "No Wave" but Thurston was heavily influenced by these bands.

    9. Swans

    Despite the light name, this is extremely heavy noise.

    10. Glenn Branca

    He also created a guitar orchestra with a huge cinematic sound and became more known as a "serious" composer:

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