No Wave, a confrontational art-noise reaction to increasing punk rock conservatism and New Wave commercialism that took maybe a half-block of Manhattan by storm as the '70s turned into the '80s, might be the closest rock has ever come to 1960s free jazz or to 1910s dada. Though concurrent with other global post-punk developments, it was technically a local phenomenon. Hence, this entirely Gotham-centric playlist, taking off from the No New York Big Four (Mars, Contortions, DNA, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), and carrying their dissonant rhythmic influence into the Lower East Side '80s of Bush Tetras, early Sonic Youth and Ut.
No Wave's Noisiest Hits
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