Irresistible Impulse Emerging from the late-'70s downtown New York City music scene, Chance was a maverick among outsiders. A conservatory-trained saxophonist, he bent punk into strange shapes… Irresistible Impulse Emerging from the late-'70s downtown New York City music scene, Chance was a maverick among outsiders. A conservatory-trained saxophonist, he bent punk into strange shapes… 2003-02-18 James Chance
Music Review

Irresistible Impulse (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 18, 2003; Lead Performance: James Chance

Emerging from the late-'70s downtown New York City music scene, Chance was a maverick among outsiders. A conservatory-trained saxophonist, he bent punk into strange shapes by tightening it up with a funky beat, then scrawling free-blowing graffiti all over the place. The first of four albums collected here, 1979's Buy the Contortions, is where Ornette Coleman fans found common ground with pogoing scenesters and is a prime document of punk version 1.0. Throughout the rest of this boxed set, the template rarely wavers but the fun never wanes.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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