If you haven't come across them before, James Chance and the Contortions were a bunch of seminal New York No Wavers that liked to push music, and in particular saxophones, to breaking point.

This kind of stuff:

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James Chance
James Chance with Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop at CBGBs


James Chance recently resurfaced with his European backing band (Les Contortions) for the Matt Groening-curated ATP in May, and he's now about to release a two-disc collection of studio tracks from his band's first album and live, unreleased tracks from the '90s onward. ‘Twist Your Soul – The Definitive Collection’ will be released by Dumb Angel Records on 2nd August 2010 and is pretty essential stuff.

Here's a taster, the opening track ‘I Can’t Stand Myself’, which was previously only featured on Brian Eno's No Wave compilation 'No New York'. Does it make you want to contort?

Download 'I Can't Stand Myself' here

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