The Kali of Punk
A little Lydia Lunch for Scorpio Season. The witchy, bitchy, in-your-face-ness of Lydia Lunch is perfect for now. Sometimes you have to tear it down so you can build it up – and I’d say the Kaliyuga is on, full force.
I discovered Lydia Lunch when I was 15 and starting my first band, The Liquid Faction. She perfectly embodied the anger and dissatisfaction I was feeling at the time – how I was being treated because of my gender; the horror of Ronald Reagan; the rise of the Christian Right; AIDS; people like Rush Limbaugh; the Iran-Contra scandal; holes in the ozone layer; meaningless top-40 music; how ignorance and consumption were celebrated, encouraged, and rewarded; physical and emotional abuse in my family . . . it was a shit show. When I discovered Lydia Lunch – I got the courage to rip all that shit to shreds.
I mean, her band was called Teenage Jesus and the Jerks! Holy crap!
At 16, when I moved to New York, I used to see her around town, hanging out with Nick Zedd. I was star struck and for a time emulated her look with the black hair and pillar box red (and sometimes purple) roots, pale skin, red lips. She was smart, and sexy, and took no shit from anybody.
She still is. And, she pisses a lot of people off. And, as far as I’m concerned, for the right reasons. She is not nice. And I love her.
Sometimes a little dose of sour is curative.
Trigger Warning: Death Valley 69 was a project with Sonic Youth. The video is violent – it’s about the Manson Murders. It’s the first song I ever heard with Lydia Lunch.
Lydia Lunch has a podcast called The Lydian Spin. For the first five or ten minutes, Lydia and her partner Tim Dahl talk about current events. I find them hilarious – though you may want to jump right to the interview. This morning I was listening to Episode 65, she interviews “feminist surrealist” artist Penny Slinger.
I’m still listening to the episode – but some great quotes by Penny Slinger so far are:
“Anything that keeps you in fear has power over you.“
“I don’t think being a rebel is a choice, you just don’t fit in.“
“I know I’m subversive all the time because I’m not happy with the system.”
From the Lydian Spin: The work of artist Penny Slinger includes photography, collage, film and sculpture. Slinger emerged out of the tumult of the 1960s. Like many of her generation, she went on a quest for personal freedom and sexual liberation. Penny, channeled these journeys and desires into her collages and sculptures. All of these works are rooted in a visual language that Penny describes as ‘feminist surrealism’. This language is used to explore and investigate notions of the feminine subconscious and psyche. Penny is her own muse and in many works she uses her own body to examine the relationship between sexuality, mysticism and femininity.
Have a great week everyone.
Header image of Lydia Lunch from We Are Cult. More videos of her work are there as well.