The Contractions

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Format: CD

Cat No: LIB5175

Release Date:  29 March 2024

Label:  Wienerworld

Packaging Type:  Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  089353517526

Genres:  Rock  Pop  

  • Description

    Post-punk female San Francisco based trio's first compilation of 1980 live recordings with three rare bonus tracks.

    From 1979-1984, the female post-punk trio, Mary Kelley, Deb Hopkins and Katy Peck, known as the Contractions toured nationally and released a pair of singles and the Something Broke album. They opened for a cavalcade of punk & new wave artists: Dead Kennedys, Jim Carroll, Glenn Branca, the Go-Go's, Bush Tetras and even Duran Duran.

    With the cooperation of the group's three founding members and thanks to the live recordings and endeavours of archivist Terry Hammer - this live compilation from two dates at the Mabuhay Gardens comes as a new addition to the group's catalogue. In addition to the 11 live tracks featured on 1980, the CD also includes three long out-of-print studio recordings.

    As Kelley describes, "we thought of ourselves as a three-legged chair. Always a team. It wasn't The Contractions without the three of us." "People described us as 'musically dangerous,'" said Hopkins. "Years later, I am still meeting women who tell me that they decided to learn an instrument and start a band after seeing us. And that is what I hope our legacy is: empowering females to play music, and to expect to be treated and respected for their music and not treated like sex objects."

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Shut the Door (Slam It)
      • 2. Breaking Up Is Not Hard To Do
      • 3. No Questions
      • 4. Water Beast
      • 5. Shadow Boy
      • 6. Tribute To Industry
      • 7. Magazine Phobia
      • 8. End Of the World
      • 9. Secretary Sacrifice
      • 10. Saw My Baby
      • 11. Rules and Regulations
      • 12. You Touched Me
      • 13. Early Warning
      • 14. Bewitching Me