8 Eyed Spy by 8 Eyed Spy
Released: Mar 1981
Label: Atavistic
Founded by Teenage Jesus and The Jerks' Lydia Lunch and Jim Sclavunos, 8 Eyed Spy were one of post-punk's first outfits to apply No Wave's atonal screech and jagged anti-groovery to more traditional rock 'n' roll styles: surf, garage, R&B. On such tracks as "Get You Me B Side" and "Run Through the Jungle" (yes, the Creedence tune), the band sounds like a cross between The Cramps, The Birthday Party and Captain Beefheart. It proved to be a prescient concept that would exert an enormous influence on Jon Spencer and Pussy Galore, as well as the bluesier manifestations of scum rock.
Justin Farrar
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