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This article is about the no wave band. DNA (American band)_sentence_0

For the UK dance music duo, see DNA (duo). DNA (American band)_sentence_1

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Background informationDNA (American band)_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginDNA (American band)_header_cell_0_2_0 New York City, New York, U.S.DNA (American band)_cell_0_2_1
GenresDNA (American band)_header_cell_0_3_0 No wave, experimental rock, noiseDNA (American band)_cell_0_3_1
Years activeDNA (American band)_header_cell_0_4_0 1977–1982DNA (American band)_cell_0_4_1
LabelsDNA (American band)_header_cell_0_5_0 Antilles, avantDNA (American band)_cell_0_5_1
Past membersDNA (American band)_header_cell_0_7_0 Arto Lindsay
Robin Crutchfield
Gordon Stevenson
Mirielle Cervenka
Ikue Mori
Tim WrightDNA (American band)_cell_0_7_1

DNA was an American no wave band formed in 1977 by guitarist Arto Lindsay and keyboardist Robin Crutchfield, and later joined by drummer Ikue Mori and bassist Tim Wright. DNA (American band)_sentence_2

They were associated with the late 1970s New York no wave scene, and were featured on the 1978 compilation No New York. DNA (American band)_sentence_3

History DNA (American band)_section_0

DNA originally consisted of Lindsay, Crutchfield, Gordon Stevenson and Mirielle Cervenka, and took their name from a song by another no wave band, Mars. DNA (American band)_sentence_4

Stevenson went on to play bass for Teenage Jesus and the Jerks; Cervenka was the younger sister of Exene Cervenka of X. DNA (American band)_sentence_5

Terry Ork, head of Ork Records, booked the band at Max's Kansas City for its first show. DNA (American band)_sentence_6

Cervenka and Stevenson left after hearing this. DNA (American band)_sentence_7

Lindsay and Crutchfield hastily recruited Ikue Mori—who at the time had little command of English and no musical experience—to be DNA's drummer. DNA (American band)_sentence_8

This lineup of DNA played occasionally at Tier 3, CBGB and Max's Kansas City and recorded one 7" single. DNA (American band)_sentence_9

Within their first year, they had cemented their reputation as a paradigmatic no wave band when Brian Eno selected them as one of the four groups documented on the No New York LP, the first recording to expose no wave groups to an audience outside of Lower Manhattan. DNA (American band)_sentence_10

The other three bands appearing on this album were The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and Mars. DNA (American band)_sentence_11

Shortly after the recording of No New York, Crutchfield left DNA to form a new band, Dark Day. DNA (American band)_sentence_12

He was replaced by Tim Wright, previously of the Cleveland band Pere Ubu. DNA (American band)_sentence_13

As Wright played bass guitar and not keyboards, and was the only member of the band to have any conventional instrumental technique, the change in DNA's sound was dramatic. DNA (American band)_sentence_14

The music became even more spare and angular, with Wright's bass lines creating a sometimes menacing sound to support Lindsay's scraping, atonal guitar and Mori's irregular rhythms. DNA (American band)_sentence_15

Their song structures became tighter, briefer, more abstract, and have been compared to haiku. DNA (American band)_sentence_16

The Lindsay-Mori-Wright lineup of DNA developed something of a cult following between 1979 and 1982, but perhaps more of their fans came from the art world than from rock audiences. DNA (American band)_sentence_17

Live shows were frequent in this period, but rarely outside of the CBGB/Mudd Club/Tier 3 circuit in lower Manhattan. DNA (American band)_sentence_18

The group's 10-minute debut album, A Taste of DNA was recorded for Kip Hanrahan's American Clavé label, and was later released on Rough Trade in 1980. DNA (American band)_sentence_19

Some live DNA tracks appeared on compilation albums while the band was still in existence. DNA (American band)_sentence_20

Lindsay, Mori, and Wright decided to dissolve the band in 1982. DNA (American band)_sentence_21

It's a measure of the cult following the band had developed that its final concerts were three consecutive sold-out nights at CBGB. DNA (American band)_sentence_22

DNA's final encore was a cover of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love. DNA (American band)_sentence_23

This is not included on the CD Last Live at CBGB, released more than a decade later, on John Zorn's Avant label. DNA (American band)_sentence_24

Lindsay and Mori, and to a lesser extent Crutchfield, have remained active in music. DNA (American band)_sentence_25

DNA on DNA, a comprehensive CD chronicle of the band, was released by No More Records in 2004. DNA (American band)_sentence_26

In popular culture DNA (American band)_section_1

The band is featured in the film Downtown 81 starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. DNA (American band)_sentence_27

The rock group Blonde Redhead takes its name from a DNA song. DNA (American band)_sentence_28

Discography DNA (American band)_section_2

Live albums DNA (American band)_section_3

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Compilation albums DNA (American band)_section_4

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  • DNA on DNA (2004), No More Records, NoCD12DNA (American band)_item_1_1

EPs DNA (American band)_section_5

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  • A Taste of DNA (1981), American Clavé, AMCL 1003EP (12")DNA (American band)_item_2_2

Singles DNA (American band)_section_6

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  • "You & You" b/w "Little Ants" (1978), Lust/Unlust Music, 11-CAN-234DNA (American band)_item_3_3

Compilation appearances DNA (American band)_section_7

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  • No New York: various artists (four DNA tracks) (1978), Antilles, AN 7067 (LP)DNA (American band)_item_4_4
  • The Fruit of Original Sin: various artists (three DNA tracks) (1981), Les Disques Du Crepuscule, twi 035 (2xLP)DNA (American band)_item_4_5
  • American Clavé Sampler: various artists (one DNA track) (1993), American Clave (USA), AMCL 1020/1026 (2xCD)DNA (American band)_item_4_6


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