James Chance Et Les Contorsions Live 1.5.7.
Originally posted 5/6/2007
James Chance Et Les Contorsions Live 1.5.07.
At The Barfly, Camden.
With Chk Buda and Twisted Charm.
Yes indeed the laziest man in show business is
back in record time with his hot new French band
Les Contorsions to blow us all away with his
current European tour.
I got into the Barfly during Chk Buda’s set and
wished I had caught all of it as this is a very
funky and rather cool funked up band that has a
damn good Alto and Tenor sax attack and if my
eyes are right featured at least one member of
Led Bib on Sax. They were cool and got me moving.
Next up in a by now packed Barfly was Twisted
Charm who left me cold, almost as soon as they
started playing I just felt nothing like I was
missing something. On paper I ought to like them,
but they did nothing for me, the best thing in
the band is the sax player who looked like Brian
Molko crossed with half the guys in Sha na na!
The singer was trying hard to be David Bowie in
the period 1966 to 1968, it wasn’t good.
But then I was there for the Fuhrer of Funk
himself Mr Jaaaames Chance! Well this time there
was no intro from his brother David Just the band
coming on and setting up before launching into a
great set of superb intense Funky Jazz Punk. The
new band live up to the task and the first big
highlight for me was a great take on That Old
Black Magic, that was indeed enough to make us
know we were in the presence of a Sax Maniac who
knows exactly how to Melt Yourself down.
By the time James told us we were about to hear
the first ever live version of Stained Sheets he
had already got the whole audience going, but
then on slunk Judy Taylor to give us the most
dirty delicious orgasm while writhing towards
James who replied with some truly filthy sax and
we were all in heaven.
James then brought things down with a colossal
version of King Heroin that was followed by a
couple of new songs from the Japanese album that
was unavailable afterwards no matter what James
claimed, still they did have Lost Chance and the
incredible Soul Exorcism Redux.
They closed the set with a totally twisted
version of Contort Yourself that had Judy Taylor
back onstage pulling James off the stage like you
couldn’t get him to leave it!! It was steamy and
electric way to end his set. They came back for
an encore of “I Hate myself” or something like
that, that brought a great show to a storming
Yes James Chance is back still and funking it up
like there’s no tomorrow and if the rammed
Barfly is anything to go by he is building his
following once more, now to find that new
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