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James Chance and the Contortions initially known simply as Contortionsa spin-off group is called James White and the Blacks is a musical group led by saxophonist and vocalist James Chanceformed in They were a central act of New York City's downtown no wave music scene in the late s, and were featured on the influential compilation No New York Their first recording, credited solely as Contortionswas on the compilation, No New Yorkproduced by Brian Eno.
The same musicians recorded both records, though none are credited on the album cover. InChance released his first single with his original Contortions band in nearly 30 years, entitled "Melt Yourself Down". A music video for the single was directed, filmed and animated by 19 year old Dylan Greenberg and is considered the first Contortions music video to make significant use of dramatic digital effects, such as Chance's face being manipulated to appear as if it were melting.
Keyboardist Adele Bertei formed the Bloods, after which she released a solo record, Little Livesin Scott died of a heroin overdose on August 5, Robert Aaron was not an original member but frequently collaborated with Chance.
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