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'Kill Your Idols' (Scott Crary, 2004) es un documental-reportaje sobre el movimiento neoyorquino, provocador, nihilista, experimental y radicalmente rebelde apodado como No Wave (no-ola en contraposición a la nueva ola seudo-pop surgida después del punk). Difundido en su momento gracias a una recopilación a cargo de Brian Eno, que incluía a los DNA de Arto Lindsay o al saxofonista-cantante-showman James Chance, ambos integrantes en algún momento de la otra banda incluída, los Teenage Jesus and The Jerks de Lydia Lunch, quizás la propuesta bandera de un movimiento que también podría comprender a una serie de cineastas contemporáneos, Nick Zedd probablemente el más representativo (como puede comprobarse en los documentales 'Llik Your Idols' y 'Blank City'). Aunque sólo fueron esos tres grupos los elegidos para la recopilación existieron otros tantos que podrían considerarse igualmente característicos, como Theorical Girls o Swans, o casi consecuencia inmediata, el más popular de todos ellos Sonic Youth. El caso es que, a pesar de haber sido ignorado durante mucho tiempo por el radar público por lo difícil de sus propuestas ruidistas y alejadas de la melodía, ha influenciado a toda una hornada de bandas posteriores, eminentemente neoyorquinas.
'Kill Your Idols' (Scott Crary, 2004) is a documentary-report on a New York experimental, provocative, nihilist, rebel and radical movement defined as "No Wave" (as opposed to the pseudo-pop new wave emerging right after punk). Diffused at the time thanks to a compilation by Brian Eno, that trend included bands like DNA with Arto Lindsay or saxophonist-singer-showman James Chance, both musicians who played at some point or another in Lydia Lunch's band, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, perhaps the most significative band of a movement which could also extend to some contemporary filmmakers, Nick Zedd probably the most representative (as can be seen in documentaries 'Llik Your Idols' and 'Blank City'). Although only those three groups were chosen for the compilation there were also some others that could be considered as No Wave bands, such as Theorical Girls or Swans, or almost immediate consequence, Sonic Yourh as the most popular of them all. The thing is that, despite having been ignored for a long time by the public radar because of their noisy and un-melodic music, those bands left a mark in later generations of musicians, eminently New Yorkers.



Afuera del CBGB, 1978. De izq. a der.: Harold Paris, Kristian Hoffman, Diego Cortez, Anya Phillips, Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Jim Sclavunos, Bradly Field, and Liz Seidman. Foto: David Godlis.


'Llik Your Idols' (Angélique Bosio, 2007)


'Blank City' (Celine Danhier, 2010)