Tuesday, July 22, 2008
BoingBoing had a post yesterday on the Del-Byzanteens, the No Wave band featuring Jim Jarmusch on keyboards/guitar that released an EP and several singles in 1981 and 1982. (The group also included Phil Kline.) On the Del-Byzanteens' MySpace page, Luc Sante writes: "A band that insouciantly blended high and low, virtuosity and amateurism, calypso and science fiction, pots and pans and drones and the Supremes. They released several records, on a British label, which did very well in the former Yugoslavia."
Here are two versions of the band covering The Supremes' "My World Is Empty Without You." (The first video features John Lurie.)
Previously on EV Grieve:
"New York at that moment was bankrupt, poor, dirty, violent, drug-infested, sex-obsessed -- delightful"
“The neighborhood was desolate, so underpopulated that landlords would give you a month's free rent just for signing a lease"