In Limbo

(New York City/London, October 1982 - April 1984)

Chronology

Lydia Lunch - New York, 1984
Lydia Lunch: Russian & Turkish Baths (268 East 10th Street) East Village, NYC 1984.
Photo credit: Nan Goldin.

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 Lydia's "In Limbo" project.
Summarized from the Sonic Youth, Jim Thirlwell and Spoken Word chronologies.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

1982
The year in which Lydia starts her collaboration with members of Sonic Youth with the recording of the "In Limbo" EP.

Late October 1982. Lydia, returns from London to New York City for about 6 months.

Through Richard Edson, then in Sonic Youth and with whom Lydia worked on the "Vortex" soundtrack, she meets Thurston Moore. For a Halloween show Lydia assembles a pick-up band with members from Sonic Youth: Thurston Moore; Richard Edson [also Konk and Sonic Youth's drummer from June 1981 till April 1982 ("Sonic Youth" album)]; Jim Sclavunos [formerly Teenage Jesus/8-Eyed Spy/Devil Dogs and to become Sonic Youth's drummer from January till March 1983 ("Confusion Is Sex" album)]. On guitar is Pat Place, a visual artist who came to New York from Chicago in 1975 [later joining The Contortions and the Bush Tetras].


In Limbo Line-up #1 (New York: October 1982):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Pat Place (guitar)/ Thurston Moore (bass)/ Jim Sclavunos (sax) and Richard Edson (drums).

xx-Oct-82
US NY,New York City,basement of Kristian Hoffman and Bradly Field's loft (@ 240 Grand Street)

Note: Two rehearsals for the upcoming shows.


New York City 30-Oct-82

30-Oct-82
US DC,Washington,9:30 Club
[with Wanabeast]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from American Eagle 22-Oct-82.

Note: Coincides with the release of Lydia & Exene (Cervenka)'s "Adulters Anonymous" book by Grove Press.


New York City 31-Oct-82

31-Oct-82
US NY,New York City,The Peppermint Lounge

Photo: Credit Catherine Ceresole, taken from "Beauty Lies in the Eye", photobook (Edition Patrick Frey 2013).

Ad: Photo of advert. Alternative advert from the Village Voice, courtesy of Thurston Moore.

Review: Taken from the New York Times 04-Nov-82 (Internet archives).

Note: With Joe Strummer [The Clash] in the audience, shouting "Bollocks! Bollocks!".


November 1982
US NY,New York City,Surf Sound studio,recording the "In Limbo" EP. Engineered by Donny Bill and Dan Dreyden. All tracks composed by Lydia Lunch and Thurston Moore, except "Still Burning" (Rowland S.Howard) and "Some Boys" by Murray Mitchell [13.13], which were written at the Honeymoon In Red recording sessions in Berlin during June/July 1982 (and remained unreleased until 1988). Kristian Hoffman's piano parts were recorded one day at his (and Bradly Field's) loft (@ 240 Grand Street, NYC) by Lydia Lunch on a portable cassette recorder.


In Limbo Line-up #2 (New York: December 1982 - January 1983):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Jim Sclavunos (sax/keyboard) and backing tapes.

2x-Dec-82
US NY,New York City,-


Minneapolis 29-Dec-82

29-Dec-82
US MN,Minneapolis,First Avenue
[with The Blind Obey]
(one set @ 12AM/midnight)

Ad 1: Scan of ad from City Pages 29-Dec-82, courtesy of Jay Kern.

Ad 2: Scan of advert from City Pages 21-Dec-82, courtesy of Jay Kern.

Calendar: Scan of calendar, courtesy of Jay Kern.

Contract: Scan of contract. Lydia performs for a fee of $1,000 + $250 over 2,000 box office and 75% over $3,000 box office. 416 people attend (317 paying and 99 giveaways or complementary tickets).


30-Dec-82
US IL,Chicago,Cabaret Metro

Setlist: In Heaven Everything Is Fine (*)/ Dance Of The Dead Children(*)/ I Wish...I Wish/ Friday Afternoon/ 1000 Lies/ Some Boys/ Still Burning/ What Did You Do/ Dance Of The Dead Children(*)/ In Heaven Everything Is Fine (*).

Note: (*) Intro/outro tapes. The tracks from the "In Limbo" EP are performed in the same running order as on the actual release. "In Heaven Everything Is Fine" is taken from David Lynch's "Eraserhead" film.






1983
Continuing the "In Limbo" performances with Jim Sclavunos and later Jim G.Thirlwell [Foetus].

New York City 07-Jan-83

07-Jan-83
US NY,New York City,The Peppermint Lounge
[with Ballistic Kisses]

Ad: Scan of advert from the Village Voice 11-Jan-83, courtesy of Thurston Moore.


Los Angeles 30-Mar-83

30-Mar-83
US CA,Los Angeles,Roxy
(1st show 8PM and 2nd show 11PM)
[with The Birthday Party]

Flyer: Scan of flyer. Photo of alternative flyer.

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from Los Angeles Times 27-Mar-83.

Note: Part of a US reading tour. Lydia Lunch with Jim Sclavunos (sax/keyboard) and pre-recorded backing tapes. Setlist also included tracks from the "In Limbo" mini album (recorded November 1982, released September 1984).


Long Beach 02-Apr-83

02-Apr-83
US CA,Long Beach,Chelsea bookstore
[with Steve Wynn]

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Note: Part of a US reading tour. Lydia Lunch with Jim Sclavunos (sax/keyboard) and pre-recorded backing tapes. Setlist also included tracks from the "In Limbo" mini album (recorded November 1982, released September 1984).


12-Apr-83
US TX,Austin,Club Foot
[with Modern English]

Note: Part of a US reading tour. Lydia Lunch with Jim Sclavunos (sax/keyboard) and pre-recorded backing tapes. Setlist also included tracks from the "In Limbo" mini album (recorded November 1982, released September 1984).


Long Island 14-Apr-83

14-Apr-83
US NY,Long Island,Network Club
[with Sonic Youth]

Ad: Scan of advert sourced from No Wave Facebook group.

Note: Part of a US reading tour. Lydia Lunch with Jim Sclavunos (sax/keyboard) and pre-recorded backing tapes. Setlist also included tracks from the "In Limbo" mini album (recorded November 1982, released September 1984).


New Orleans 15-Apr-83

15-Apr-83
US LA,New Orleans,Tupelo's Tavern

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Part of a US reading tour. Lydia Lunch with Jim Sclavunos (sax/keyboard) and pre-recorded backing tapes. Setlist also included tracks from the "In Limbo" mini album (recorded November 1982, released September 1984).


Jim G.Thirlwell had moved from Melbourne (Australia) to London (UK) in 1978, intitially finding work at a Virgin Megastore. In October 1980 he founds the one-man project Foetus and his Self Immolation records label. By April 1982 he had already recorded and released 5 singles and 2 albums and was at the same time writing the press releases for his compatriotes The Birthday Party. Lydia Lunch had moved to London in October 1981 and was touring Europe with The Birthday Party by June 1982. This is when Jim and Lydia first met. They were a couple from 1983-1990.


May 1983
After 6 months in New York City, Lydia returns to London @ her place in Baron's Court Road.


In Limbo Line-up #3A (London: May 1983):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Jessamy Calkin (pipes/breaking glass)/ backing tapes and perhaps Jim G.Thirlwell (saxophone).

Wien 19-May-83

19-May-83
AT Wien,Szene
First Töne/Gegentöne Festival
[with 23 Skidoo]

Setlist: I Wish...I Wish/ Friday Afternoon/ 1000 Lies/ Some Boys/ Still Burning/ What Did You Do/ Dance Of The Dead Children(*).

Program: Scan of program booklet.

Line-up: Lydia (vocals)/ Jessamy Calkin (pipes/breaking glass)/ backing tapes and perhaps Jim G.Thirlwell(?) (saxophone).

Note 1: Performing the "In Limbo" EP. (*) Outro tapes. The festival ran from May 8-28, 1983. Glenn Branca's Ensemble (with Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo) performed at the festival on 08-May-83. Sonic Youth performed on the 27th. Lydia's concert was filmed by Fritz Kleibel for a 20mins video. After the festival, Lydia spends the rest of the spring and summer in London, with Nick Zedd (filming his "Wild World Of Lydia Lunch"), Murray Mitchell, Jim Thirlwell and Marc Almond, already plotting her Immaculate Consumptive performances in the US on Halloween 1983.

Note 2: Jessamy Calkin was tour manager for The Birthday Party (US tour March '83), The Bad Seeds (US tour June '84) and Neubauten (1984-1987) and good friends with Lydia.


In Limbo Line-up #3B (London: July/August 1983):
Lydia Lunch (vocals)/ Jim G.Thirlwell (sax)/ Jessamy Calkin (pipes/breaking glass) and John 'Tex' Tottenham (drums).

xx-Jul-83
IE Dublin,-

Note: Warm-up date for the "In Limbo" tour, using backing tapes. Rowland S. Howard [Birthday Party] had been asked to join, but in the end was replaced by Jim G.Thirlwell.


Oslo 01-Aug-83

01-Aug-83
NO Oslo,University-Blindern campus,Studio 26

Setlist: (most likely) In Heaven Everything Is Fine (*)/ Dance Of The Dead Children(*)/ I Wish...I Wish/ Friday Afternoon/ 1000 Lies/ Some Boys/ Still Burning/ What Did You Do/ Dance Of The Dead Children(*)/ In Heaven Everything Is Fine (*).

Review 1: Scan of review from Sounds 20-Aug-85.

Review 2: "The 35 minutes at Studio 26 consisted of a couch in the middle of the stage (a symbol of loneliness?), Jessamy Calkin as a transsexual cryptopointer [what?] (apparently unemployed on stage), Jim Thirlwell as an improvising musician and Lydia as a sobbing, moaning black witch. The performance was harrowing, and only the tape recording that was played before and after [the set] could be said to be directly beautiful." (translated) from Puls magazine #9, 1983.

Ad: Scan of advert, taken from Puls magazine #8, 1983.

Note: 2nd of a 4-date concert 'tour', performing the "In Limbo" EP, using backing tapes. This show was labeled "Beauty through melancholy". (*) Intro/outro tapes. The tracks from the "In Limbo" EP are performed in the same running order as on the actual release. "In Heaven Everything Is Fine" is taken from David Lynch's "Eraserhead" film.


xx-Aug-83
SE -,-

Note: 3rd of a 4-date concert 'tour', performing the "In Limbo" EP, using backing tapes.


Manchester 05-Aug-83

05-Aug-83
UK Manchester,Hacienda

Setlist: Dance Of The Dead Children(*)/ I Wish...I Wish/ Friday Afternoon/ 1000 Lies/ Some Boys/ Still Burning/ What Did You Do/ Dance Of The Dead Children(*).

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag, courtesy of EaViL.

Handbill: Photo of handbill.

Note 1: 4th of a 4-date concert 'tour', performing the "In Limbo" EP, using backing tapes. (*) Intro/outro tapes. "In Manchester Jessamy was playing her pipes with glasses and we had the one typical punk rocker going, 'You suck! Fuck you!' So I immediately picked up a glass and whipped it at him, causing it to rip his artery in his upper arm causing blood to go all over the other punk rockers who are smearing it all over. So he gets carted to the hospital and the police come looking to arrest me 'cause he lost so much blood and he wants to press charges. Of course I blew out of town in no time." Lydia Lunch interviewed by Byron Coley for Forced Exposure #10, July 1986.

Note 2: This date in Manchester was to be her only performance in the UK in 1983.






1984
The year in which Lydia signs a deal with Doublevision (UK) and mixes and releases the "In Limbo" EP which was recorded in 1982.

March/April 1984
UK London. Lydia sets up a deal with Paul Smith of Doublevision, a label he runs with Cabaret Voltaire, to release the "In Limbo" recordings she made in November 1982 in New York.


April 1984
UK Sheffield,Western Works [Cabaret Voltaire's] studio,Lydia Lunch mixes the "In Limbo" EP (Doublevision).


May 1984
After having received sufficient funds from Doublevision, Lydia is able to leave London for good and return to New York City, @ East 109th street (Spanish Harlem). She would live in New York City until December 1990.
She mentions her deal with Paul Smith/Doublevision to Thurston Moore, who in August sends him a demo tape with what would become Sonic Youth's "Bad Moon Rising" album. For the release of that album (in March 1985) Paul Smith would establish Blast First (a sub label of Rough Trade).


2x-Sep-84
UK Release of the "In Limbo" EP (Doublevision).


1985
UK Release of the "In Limbo" EP (Widowspeak/Rough Trade).



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