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James Chance


Among the central statistics from the Zero Influx movement from the later ’70s, Adam Possibility & the Contortions formed in NEW YORK in 1977. These were led by vocalist/saxophonist Possibility, a Milwaukee indigenous (born Adam Sigfried) who also responded to towards the alias Adam Light. After relocating to ny to try out free of charge jazz, he dropped in using the city’s avant-garde community; upon implementing the surname Possibility and obtaining a closet of outrageously noisy suits, Possibility produced the Contortions, an abrasively chaotic funk-noise clothing offering organist Adele Bertei, guitarists Pat Place and Jody Harris, and drummer Don Christiansen. After earning acclaim and notoriety because of their wild, frequently combative concert events (the intense, nihilistic Possibility often selected fistfights with market associates), the Contortions inserted the studio room with manufacturer Brian Eno to record four monitors for the No NY compilation. After reducing enough materials for an LP, 1979’s Choose the Contortions, the group crashed combined with the No Influx scene; as Adam White, Possibility shortly resurfaced fronting the Blacks, a bizarre disco clothing comprised of a lot of the Contortions alumni, albeit using the significant exemption of Bertei, and released Off Light. In 1982, the respectable Sax Maniac record premiered on Chris Stein’s short-lived Pet label. However, the label vanished quickly acquiring the album alongside it. Possibility recorded his last studio task Flaming Demonics in 1983, once again for ZE, beneath the Adam White moniker. Possibility seemed to possess vanished within the next 10 years, but sometimes his first albums or live recordings would surface area, and then quickly vanish. In 2003, the tiny indie label Tiger Style reissued all of the official material Possibility/White recorded, plus a few ultra-rare monitors, in the three-disc established Amazing Impulse. The reissue coincided with Chance’s go back to playing live once again, albeit sporadically. The next season, Tiger Style released a two disc compilation, Sax Education, formulated with his “ideal strikes” with another disc of the previously unreleased live show for Radio Holland from 1981.

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Full Name James Chance
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Keyboard Player, Saxophonist
Nationality American
Music Groups James Chance and the Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
Music Songs Contort Yourself, Melt Yourself Down, Sax Maniac, I Danced With a Zombie, The Devil Made Me Do It, Super Bad, White Cannibal, The Natives Are Restless, Disco Jaded, Sax Machine, Hell on Earth, Christmas With Satan, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Caravan / It Don't Mean a Thing / Melt Yourself Down, Irresistable Impulse, Rantin' and Ravin', White Savages, Blame It On The Rum, Designed to Kill, That's When Your Heartaches Begin, White Meat, Money to Burn, Town Without Pity, White Devil, Theme from Grutzi Elvis, Schleyer's Tires, Bleached Black, Tunnel of Stars, I Don't Want Nobody, The Twitch, Off Black, I Can't Stand Myself
Albums Buy, Flaming Demonics, Sax Maniac, Lost Chance, Soul Exorcism Redux, Buy Contortions 35th Anniversary (Deluxe), Octopus Invasion, Life In The Laid Back Lane, Twist Your Soul: The Definitive Collection, White Cannibal, Shut Up and Bleed, Grutzy Elvis SoundTrack
Movies Blank City, Rome '78

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1 Obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 2004.



The Color of Evening 2006 Altar Boy (uncredited)
Blast 2000 Bailey
Homewrecker 1992 TV Movie Tommy (as James R. chance)
Kindergarten Cop 1990 Matthew

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