Jack Ruby - Jack Ruby

"The first recordings unearthed of this seminal proto-punk/no wave unit from New York City, circa 1974-1977!!! Twisted, aggressive, weird rock on par with the Electric Eels, 'Debris, Simply Saucer and early MX80-Sound! Featuring George Scott (Contortions)."

“Seven years ago, a guy named Gary Reese wrote me and said he was friends with the late Contortions bass player George Scott, and that he could probably help me out with some information on the mythic band Jack Ruby. Up until that point, nobody knew of any surviving recordings by this unit. They remained a shady footnote in under- ground rock history. After years of cajoling and pursuit, Gary finally convinced George’s brother to let him make a dub of a ratty old cassette tape with two Fall ‘77 Jack Ruby rehearsals on them. Those rehearsals belied an incredible amount of guitar-skree bombast. I mastered the tracks to eke out the most clarity possible from them and the result was circulated amongst very few cognoscenti with little fanfare. In 2009, another Jack Ruby tape surfaced. Gary was in contact with Scott’s old girlfriend Leslie, who had a mysterious 1/4 reel of tape with the band’s name and some song titles scrawled on it. It took some time, but I had the reel baked and transferred . . . and, lo and behold, it featured four crystal clear-sounding ‘74 studio demos! I kept playing these great demos and I thought to myself, “If I’m listening to this stuff so much, somebody else is going to want to hear it too!” That’s the point where I knew it was my duty to release this anthology. So, we found all the surviving ex-members of the group and put together this fully-authorized package featuring eight killer tracks of noisy, high-energy greatness and designed a full-color package featuring extensive liner notes and tons of period photos. This release is a must-have for those who crave those truly bizarre missing links from the pre- punk past. Jack Ruby’s tough, sleazy sound is a direct antecedent to both PUNK and NO WAVE.”-Weasel Walter, September 2011

“Maybe it was 1976. Maybe it wasn't. Maybe I stumbled into Bleeker Bob’s. Maybe a lanky giant with an immense toxic cloud of frizzy hair and huge hands lumbered toward me. Maybe it was Chris Grey. Somehow I ended up in a dank rehearsal space. Face to face with George Scott. Having my head torn off by my ears. Jack Ruby. Music to murder by. Like 3 hits of acid and a shot of crystal meth after a month long beer binge. A brutal psycho-delic teenage scream of sexual frustration, disappointment and misery channeled into sonic overdrive. A beautifully violent horrible throttling. I loved it”-Lydia Lunch, August 2011

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