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Label: Ze Records
This three-track EP documents the earliest incarnation of Teenage Jesus and The Jerks. The band's scraping nihilism and blackened despair had yet to fully emerge; they're going for more of an art-punk, spazzoid sound, one seemingly informed by Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex. That's the one and only James Chance on saxophone, before he left to form The Contortions. Most of the time he outblasts Lydia Lunch's guitar and voice, which is no small feat. To really chart The Jerks' evolution, compare the version of "The Closet" here with the one that appears on the legendary No New York compilation.

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