Review Revue: Lydia Lunch – Hysterie


Lydia Lunch as been making music and testing boundaries for as long as I’ve been alive, and on the eve of her 51st birthday, she’s still going strong. Currently touring Europe on her 2009 release Big Sexy Noise — a collaboration with Terry Edwards, James Johnston & Ian White of Gallon Drunk — she shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. She found her voice in the continually influential No Wave scene in New York in the 70s, and has since released stacks and stacks of albums, EPs, 7″s, collaborations, and spoken word recordings.

Hysterie, which was released in 1986, was a collection of highlights from her already impressive career to date. Many of the DJs at KCMU seemed to think it was well warranted.

“A fairly comprehensive overview of Lydia’s career. Look inside for more details.”

“True + perhaps she could use some greater exposure. I think our listeners would be interested in getting better acquainted with her music. Could we move it up to H?”

“She’s foxy!!”

“Lydia Lunch has had PLENTY OF EXPOSURE!!”


“Forced Exposure?”

“Indecent exposure, even. Didn’t she do a porno for CoCA with Henry Rollins? -pwest”

“Didn’t Phil West do a porno w/Henry Rollins for CoCA?”

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