8 Eyed Spy

(New York City September 1979 - August 1980)

Chronology

8 Eyed Spy circa early 1980.
L to R: George Scott, Jim Sclavunos, Lydia Lunch, Michael Paumgardhen and Pat Irwin.
Credit: Michael Halsband.


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the American band 8-Eyed Spy. 

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

1979
The year in which the band is founded.

Until August 1980 Lydia Lunch is living on East 12th street, New York City.

Lydia disbands Teenage Jesus in July 1979 and hooks up with George (Leonard) Scott. George Scott had moved from Iowa to NYC in 1974. Lydia [with Teenage Jesus] and George [with Jack Ruby] once shared the bill @ the Village Gate in New York City on 25-Aug-77 and had a mutual admiration for each other. George also used to live at that same No New Wave rehearsal space on Delancey street as Lydia did.

When George left The Contortions in April 1979 (just after the "Buy" album sessions) he joined John Cale's live US touring band. One of those shows (@ CBGB's, June 1979) was released on John Cale's "Sabotage" album. After leaving the John Cale band George forms The Raybeats, an instrumental band with Pat Irwin, Jody Harris and Don Christensen. Together with George, Douglas Bowne (who was also in the John Cale live US touring band) and multi-instumentalist Pat Irwin [The Raybeats] Lydia records her "Queen Of Siam" solo album in September 1979.

When these sessions are done George and Lydia decide to form a band. Michael Paumgardhen and Pat Irwin are both recruited by George and Lydia brings in Jim Sclavunos [Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Beirut Slump]. The Raybeats would exist in parallel (August 1979-August 1980) with 8-Eyed Spy.


Line-up (New York City: September 1979 - August 1980):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ George Scott III (bass) /Michael Paumgardhen (guitar) /Pat Irwin (guitar/sax)
and Jim Sclavunos (drums)

September 1979
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

Note: Rehearsals for the upcoming shows.


New York xx-Oct-79

xx-Oct-79
US NY,New York City,Mudd Club

Photo: Credit Felipe Orrego. Another photo by Bob Bert [Sonic Youth].

Note: Their first NYC concert.


New York 30-Nov-79

30-Nov-79
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Luc Santé.

Photo: Scan from, Tier 3 booker, Hilary Jaeger's notebook schedule, Nov/Dec 1979. Sourced from Perfect Sound Forever .

Note: Show started at midnight. Concert preceded by screening of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" film. Tier 3 was located at 225 West Broadway.


New York 06-Dec-79

06-Dec-79
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

Setlist: I Want Candy/ Ran Away Dark/ Dead Me You Beside (a.k.a. Get You Me B Side)/ Love Split With Blood/ Innocence/ Swamp/ Boy Meets Girl/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ Lightning's Girl/ Frantic.

Poster: Photo of poster.






1980
The year in which the band tours a lot and records 5 studio tracks.

New York 04-Jan-80

04-Jan-80
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with the Fleshtones and The Individuals]

Flyer: Photo of flyer courtesy of Edgar.

Note: Club 57 re-opened in January 1980. The Individuals are a Hoboken (NJ) band headed by Glenn Morrow (with Richard Barrone, Rob Norris and Peter Holsapple). Until August 1979 Jeffrey Lee Pierce [Gun Club] was a member while he was in the NYC area, checking out the CBGB scene and creating a Blondie fan club.


New York 16-Jan-80

16-Jan-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[support for XTC]
(2 sets)

Note: Perhaps also performing on the 15th of January 1980 as support for XTC.

Ad: Scan of ad.


New York 31-Jan-80

31-Jan-80
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

Setlist: a.o. Dead Me You Beside (a.k.a. Get You Me B Side).

Note: Above track available on the "Hysterie" compilation.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


San Francisco 09-Feb-80

09-Feb-80
US CA,San Francisco,Mabuhay Gardens
(3 sets)

Setlist: Set a: a.o. Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ Ran Away Dark/ Maintaining My Cool/ I Want Candy/ Boy Meets Girl/ Frantic/ You Twist I Shout.

Set b: Love Split With Blood/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Lazy In Love/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ Ran Away Dark/ Maintaining My Cool/ I Want Candy/ Boy Meets Girl/ Dead Me You Beside (a.k.a. Get You Me B Side)/ Frantic/ You Twist & I Shout.

Photo 1: Screen capture taken from the Target VHS video compilation.

Photo 2: Scan of photo by Sue Brisk, depicting Lydia and John Gullak [The Mutants]. Taken from Slash magazine Vol#3No3 April 1980.

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour. Set a tracks filmed by Terry Hammer and available on a Target VHS video compilation. "I Want Candy" also available on the "8 Eyed Spy" album. Some track(s) (like "Frantic" from set b.) from this concert where recorded by Terry Hammer (for his show on several San Francisco Bay Area radio stations) and were used (without Terry's permission) on the "Live" album on Roir.


California xx-Feb-80

xx-Feb-80
US CA,Palo Alto,Stanford University

Ad: Tour ad taken from Slash magazine Vol#3No1 Jan/Feb 1980.

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour that was sponsored by ZE records, for which Lydia had recorded the (then just released) "Queen Of Siam" album. Depite the fact that 8 Eyed Spy is not on ZE, they agree to pay for the tour costs nevertheless.


xx-Feb-80
US CA,Berkeley,University

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour.


14-Feb-80
US CA,San Diego,Skeleton Club
[with Mature Adults, The Exterminators]

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour.


Hollywood 15-Feb-80

15-Feb-80
US CA,Hollywood,The Troubadour
[with The Gears and Fear]

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour. The band reportedly makes a $146 profit.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Article: Scan of review from the Los Angeles Times 18-Feb-80.


Los Angeles 18-Feb-80

18-Feb-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong Cafe
[with B-People and Human Hands]

Setlist: Lazy In Love/ I Want Candy/ Love Split With Blood/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ 2 Square (a.k.a. Two Square)/ You Twist I Shout/ Lightning's Girl/ Motor Oil Shanty/ Frantic/ Diddy Wah Diddy.

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour.

Poster: Photo of poster. Alternative poster.

Photo: Credit Suzan Carson. Scan taken from Slash Magazine Vol3 No.#2, Feb-1980.


Hollywood 19-Feb-80

19-Feb-80
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with the Go Go's and The Textones]

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Los Angeles Times 03-Feb-80.


xx-xxx-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Al's Bar


Los Angeles 22-Feb-80

22-Feb-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong Cafe
[with Monitor and Suburban Lawns]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour.


23-Feb-80
US CA,San Diego,North Park Lions Club
[support for X]

Note: Part of their West coast/California tour.


February 1980
Because the band does not play any tracks from the just released "Queen Of Siam" album (on ZE records) ZE pulls the plug on the West coast/California tour. ZE Records (established by French designer Michael Zilkha and critic Michael Esteban) reportedly owes the band $4,000 [NY Rocker June 1980] According to ZE records it was the band's tour manager Bob Segerman's fault [ East Village Eye 30-Mar-80 ].


Vancouver 28-Feb-80

28-Feb-80
CA BC,Vancouver,University of British Columbia,Student Union Ballroom
[with Pink Section, Minimal Man, The Blackouts]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Show most likely cancelled.


Seattle 29-Feb-80

29-Feb-80
US WA,Seattle,Showbox Theater
[support for XTC]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Show most likely cancelled.


Portland 02-Mar-80

02-Mar-80
US OR,Portland,D and R Studios
[with Styph Noids, Lo Tek and Sado Nation]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Show most likely cancelled.


New York 06/07-Mar-80

06-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

07-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Luc Santé.

Note: First New York City dates after the aborted West coast/California tour. On one of these dates Robert Quine [Voidoids] joins the band for an unannounced jam on "Polk Sallad Annie", "I Want Candy" and "Maintaining My Cool".


New York 11-Mar-80

11-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
ZE Revuu/ZE Records Night
[with Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Cristina Monet and Suicide]

Note: 8-Eyed Spy does not perform because they are displeased with the label's support/the aborted West coast/California tour. Lydia Lunch however does join Lizzy Mercier Descloux and Jodi Harris [The Raybeats].

Photo: Credit Lisa Genet. Taken from NY Rocker June 1980.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Mar-80 , courtesy of Scott D.


xx-Mar-80
US NJ,Morristown,Community Theater
[support by Kid Creole and the Coconuts]

xx-Mar-80
US MI,Ann Arbor,-

Note: At the Morristown show George Scott III shoots up in the men's room. On August 6th he would die from an accidental drug overdose.


15-Mar-80
CA ONT,Toronto,Gerrard St. East, The Edge
[with The Government]

Note: Filmed by John Porter for his Super-8 short film "Lydia Lunch and Harbinger".


New York 26-Mar-80

26-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with The Bush Tetras]

Setlist: Diddy Wah Diddy/ 2 Square (a.k.a. Two Square)/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ Love Split With Blood/ Ran Away Dark/ Lightning's Girl/ You Twist I Shout/ Motor Oil Shanty/ Swamp/ Run Through The Jungle/ Lazy In Love.

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Photo credit Michael Halsband.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Mar-80, courtesy of Scott D.


New York 27-Mar-80

27-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Tier 3
(Lydia Lunch as guest DJ)
[with The Individuals and The Skunks]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Mar-80, courtesy of Scott D.

Note: Not an 8 Eyed Spy show.


New York 04-Apr-80

04-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,80's Club
[with The Bush Tetras]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Apr-80, courtesy of Scott D.

Note: Club owned by ROIR records president Neil Cooper, who died on 13-Aug-2001 at the age of 71.


New York 18-Apr-80

18-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,Tier
[with DJ Niles Jaeger]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Apr-80, courtesy of Scott D.


New York 19-Apr-80

19-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,Trax

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Apr-80, courtesy of Scott D.


xx-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,Metropolitan Correctional Facility

Note: 'Free' concert.


New York 17-May-80

17-May-80
US NY,New York City,Zzyzx
[with Stew Lane and the Untouchables]

Notes: Presented by Dan Neer, WNEW FM.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice May-80, courtesy of Scott D. Scan of another ad.


May/Jun-80
US MA,Boston-Allston,The Underground


New York 13-Jun-80

13-Jun-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with The Method Actors]

Flyer: Scan courtesy of Luc Sante.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Jun-80, courtesy of Scott D.


June 1980
US,CA,Los Angeles,Lydia Lunch is briefly hospitalized.


London 30-Jun-80

30-Jun-80
UK London,West Hamstead,Moonlight Club
[with The Brainiac 5]

Note: Apparently cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Ad: Taken from the NME 28-Jun-80.


London 01-Jul-80

01-Jul-80
UK London,West Kensington,The Nashville Club

Note: Apparently cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Ad: Taken from the NME 28-Jun-80.


London 02-Jul-80

02-Jul-80
UK London,Camden,Dingwalls

Note: Apparently cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Ad: Taken from the NME 28-Jun-80.


London 04-Jul-80

04-Jul-80
UK London,Islington,Hope & Anchor

Note: Apparently cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Ad: Taken from the NME 05-Jul-80.


0x-Jul-80
IT -,-
[with Confusional Quartet]

Note: First of 3 Italian concerts.


Bologna 07-Jul-80

07-Jul-80
IT Bologna,Cinema Arena Puccini,IV Settimana Internazionale della Performance
Communist woman's festival
New [o No] Wave festival
[with Confusional Quartet]

Note: Second of 3 Italian concerts. Filmmaker Renato de Maria went to New York in 1979, stayed a year, and became friends with Arto Lindsay, Lydia Lunch, John Lurie and many underground filmmakers. Thanks to this he managed to bring many of these people to Bologna for concerts. Four day festival also with Ann Magnuson, Boris Policeband and Rhys Chatham, and films by Eric Mitchel, Vivienne Dick, Scott and Beth B,...

Poster: Photo of poster. Sourced from the MOMA Collection , designed by Anna Persiani and Gianpietro Huber (aka Top O'Graphic).

Photo: Photos credit Gianni Melotti.


Rimini 08-Jul-80

08-Jul-80
IT Rimini,Arena Italia
New Wave festival
[with Confusional Quartet]

Setlist: Lazy In Love/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Love Split With Blood/ Sorry For Behaving So Badly/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ ?/ Motor Oil Shanty/ Swamp/ Run Through The Jungle/ You Twist, I Shout/ Frantic.

Note: Third of 3 Italian concerts. Four day festival, with amongst others Boris Policeband.

Photo: Left to right Enrico Serotti [CQ], Emilio Pieraccioni [photographer of CQ], George Scott III [8ES], the tour driver, Lydia Lunch [8ES], Marco Bertoni [CQ], Giovanni Cuoghi [CQ], and Jim Sclavunos [8ES].

Poster: Photo of poster.


11-Jul-80
US IL,Chicago,Thorne Hall


Minneapolis 13-Jul-80

13-Jul-80
MN,Minneapolis,Walker Arts Center
[with NNB]

Ad: Scan of ad from Trax Magazine courtesy of Dan Peterson.


Minneapolis 14-Jul-80

14-Jul-80
US MN,Minneapolis,7th Street Entry
[with NNB]

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Dan Peterson.


15-Jul-80
US MN,Minneapolis,Loring Park
(afternoon)

Setlist: a.o. White Rabbit.

Note: Above track available on side 2 of the "8-Eyed Spy" album.


Minneapolis 14-Jul-80

15-Jul-80
US MN,Minneapolis,7th Street Entry
(evening)
[with NNB]

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Dan Peterson.


Detroit 19-Jul-80

19-Jul-80
MI,Detroit,Bookie's Club 870

Card: Photo of calendar card.


Atlanta 24-Jul-80

24-Jul-80
US GA,Atlanta,688 Club

Ad: Courtesy of Gary Reese.


25-Jul-80
US LA,New Orleans,New Place
(1st set)

Setlist: I Want Candy/ Sorry For Behaving So Badly/ Lazy In Love/ 2 Square (a.k.a. Two Square)/ Motor Oil Shanty (*)/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Lightning's Girl/ Ran Away Dark (*)/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ Love Split With Blood (*)/ Frantic.

Note: (*) available on the "Hysterie" compilation album.


25-Jul-80
US LA,New Orleans,New Place
(2nd set)

Setlist: Lazy In Love/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Ran Away Dark/ Innocence/ Maintaining My Cool/ Boy Meets Girl/ Swamp Song/ Run Through The Jungle/ Dead Me You Beside (a.k.a. Get You Me B Side)/ Looking For Someone (a.k.a. Me Minus You)/ Motor Oil Shanty/ You Twist, I Shout/ Lightning's Girl.


Austin 26-Jul-80

26-Jul-80
US TX,Austin,Duke's Royal Coach Inn

Setlist: Lazy In Love/ Diddy Wah Diddy/ Ran Away Dark/ Innocence/ Boy Meets Girl/ Maintaining My Cool/ Sorry For Behaving So Badly/ Swamp Song/ Run Through The Jungle/ I Want Candy/ Love Split With Blood.

Photo: Credit Bobby Beeman. Used with kind permission.


Houston 27-Jul-80

27-Jul-80
US TX,Houston,Rock Island

Poster: Scan of poster.


01-Aug-80
US NY,New York City,Tier 3


New York City 03-Aug-80

03-Aug-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah

Setlist: Motor Oil Shanty/ Lightning’s Girl/ You Twist, I Shout/ I Want Candy/ Two Square (a.k.a. 2 Square)/ Maintaining My Cool/ Get You Me B Side (a.k.a. Dead You Me B Side)//

Sorry For Behaving So Badly/ Innocence (*)/ Boy Girl (*)/ Two Square (a.k.a. 2 Square)/ Motor Oil Shanty/ Swamp/ Run Through The Jungle.

Note: First set of tracks available on side 2 of the "8 Eyed Spy" album.
Other tracks filmed by Paul Tschinkel (for his "Inner-Tube" Punk and New Wave documentary/cable TV series) and all available on the "Video Hysterie" VHS video ("Two Square" not on the DVD).
(*) also available on the "8 Eyed Spy Collection" CD.

Photo: Screen capture taken from the "Video Hysterie" VHS video compilation.


05-Aug-80
US NY,New York City,George Scott III dies at 6 a.m. from an accidental drug overdose at age 27.


Aug/Sep-80
US Lydia Lunch leaves New York, quits the band and moves to Los Angeles, California.


October 1980
US NY,New York City,(Bobby) Blank Tapes & 39th Street Studios,recording "Diddy Wah Diddy", "Love Split With Blood", "Ran Away Dark", "Lazy In Love", and "Swamp-Run Through The Jungle" for side 1 of the "8-Eyed Spy" album. The remaining members had convinced Lydia to re-join the band for these sessions.


09-May-81
US Release of the "Live" cassette on Roir.


18-Oct-81
UK Release of the "8-Eyed Spy" album on Fetish Records.


09-Feb-82
UK Release of the "Diddy Wah Diddy" 7" single on Fetish Records.



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