8-Eyed Spy / Lydia Lunch

Formed: New York, USA

8-Eyed Spy / Lydia Lunch

Following the curtailment of Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Lydia Lunch spent a short period in Beirut Slump and then The Devil Dogs, the latter of which went unrecorded. Her next group, 8-Eyed Spy was something of a no wave supergroup which defied easy listening on most levels but was still less harsh on the ears than her previous projects, with more advanced song structures and occasional melodiousness. They even covered Credence Clearwater Revival! But, as ever, Lunch's shriek is positively thrilling, if scary.

Inspired by Captain Beefheart, the group released a storming version of one of the great man's earliest singles, Diddy Wah Diddy, and an amazing album for the British market. ROIR's live document, originally issued on tape only, covers pretty much the same ground, opening with 'Diddy Wah Diddy' and rampaging through a brace of obstreperous, pounding hits that could-never- be.

If you like Contortions, you should also buy these records. Immediately.


Lydia Lunch - vocals
Jim Sclavunos - drums
George Scott - bass
Pat Irwin - guitar, saxophone
Michael Paumgarden - guitar



Singles / Albums

8 Eyed Spy - Live 8 Eyed Spy - 8 Eyed Spy      
(Tape, 1981)
8-Eyed Spy
(LP, 1981)

Extraneous Releases

8 Eyed Spy - Diddy Wah Diddy 8 Eyed Spy - Luncheone Lydia Lunch - Hysterie    
Diddy Wah Diddy
(7", 1982)
(CD, 1997)
(2xLP/CD, by Lydia Lunch, 1986)


Lydia Lunch - Sex Voodoo        
Sex Voodoo (Early Recordings 1978-1982)
(LP, as Lydia Lunch, 1990s?)


Various Artists

New York Rockers US Tape 1989 (ROIR): Lazy In Love




PUKEKOS - Very nice write-up about the band here

NO WAVE - Has some band photos to gawp at


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