JAMES CHANCE Irresistible Impulse (Box Set 2003)

Irresistible Impulse (2003)
Trailblazing Jazz Punk 4CD Box Set

One of the great, totally manic, jazz-punk experiments of all time. James Chance, a.k.a. James White, invigorated the late 70s NYC downtown scene with a frantic, free blowing jazz/funk/punk attack that, even today, still has balls to spare. From The All Music Guide“Armed with an alto sax and a disjointed funk band, Chance combined a disco beat, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, James Brown’s funk, and Stooges-era Iggy Pop theatrics that few have ever come close to matching. Irresistible Impulse is an amazing 49-song box set covering Chance’s entire career. It includes four of his full-length albums, three on the Ze label (Buy, Off White, and Flaming Demonics) and his 1982 release on Chris Stein’s Animal Records, Sax Maniac. James Chance is definitely an acquired taste, but make no mistake, this set of danceable sleaze will leave its mark on the novice & have the ardent fan frothing.” Amazon’s got it (HERE).

1 (
Designed To Kill (2:47)
My Infatuation (2:20)
I Don’t Want To Be Happy (3:28)
Anesthetic (3:53)
Contort Yourself (4:24)
Throw Me Away (2:43)
Roving Eye (3:15)
Twice Removed (3:04)
Bedroom Athelete (4:23)Throw Me Away (Live) (3:03)
Twice Removed (Live) (3:16)
Jailhouse Rock (Live) (3:24)
That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (3:26)
Schleyer’s Tires (2:48)
McGraw Army Base/Munchen (2:24)
Theme From Grutzi Elvis (1:38)

2 (OFF WHITE – 1979)
Contort Yourself (1st Version) (6:15)
Contort Yourself (August Darnell Remix) (3:09)
Stained Sheets (5:51)
(Tropical) Heat Wave (3:53)
Almost Black Part 1 (3:17)
White Savages (4:52)
Off Black (6:28)
Almost Black Part 2 (3:59)
White Devil (4:36)
Bleached Black (2:51)
Christmas With Satan (8:59)
Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough (Live) (6:35)
Exorcise The Funk (Live) (6:41)
Disposable You (Live) (6:06)

Irresistible Impulse (6:10)
That Old Black Magic (6:50)
Disco Jaded (6:21)
Money To Burn (6:23)
Sax Maniac (7:35)
Sax Machine (4:19)
The Twitch (6:31)
Super Bad (8:28)
Melt Yourself Down (6:11)
Hell On Earth (8:35)

The Devil Made Me Do It (8:14)
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (7:14)
Rantin and Ravin (9:13)
The Natives Are Restless (7:44)
Caravan/It Don’t Mean A Thing/Melt Yourself Down (8:48)
I Danced With A Zombie (9:59)
White Meat (4:59)
Town Without Pity (4:23)
Hyp No Tease (5:29)



  • RevolutionaryBum
    October 12, 2009 - 23:02 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard !!! Brilliant musician and what a great collection !!! I was fortunate enough to see him live in NY back in 1984 I think it was the kit Kat Club ? Great post !!!

  • Bile
    October 13, 2009 - 21:41 | Permalink

    Whoa! Why have a I never heard of this guy? And I even consider myself to have at least a passing knowledge of the No Wave movement. Leave it to you, Willard, to further expand my musical horizons.

    Thank you once again!

  • 16bitsystems
    October 15, 2009 - 04:34 | Permalink

    amazing! i stumbled onto your site when i found the plethora of dylan material. thank you for uploading all of this great music! :)

  • Simon
    October 15, 2009 - 08:12 | Permalink

    Awesome share! I'm familiar with Off White but I'd never heard the others. Many thanks Willard.

  • Radio Free Wohlman
    October 17, 2009 - 03:00 | Permalink

    I saw White in a little club named Squat uptown in NYC the night The Clash show at Bonds Casino got cancelled! Great show.

    Dave RFW

    • Willard
      September 26, 2013 - 21:10 | Permalink


      • Julian
        October 29, 2013 - 01:02 | Permalink

        That Clash show was canceled? I saw the crew unrolling the banner from the roof. I was working at the Times Square Disc-O-Mat at the time.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 6, 2009 - 02:04 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2009 - 18:58 | Permalink

    James White is an original. I love his stuff and have been looking for this collection to augment all the LPs I have. Thanks for having such a wonderful and cutting-edge blog!

  • beatmichael
    November 3, 2011 - 13:32 | Permalink

    As the wise poet Lee Ving once sang: “New York’s alright… If you like saxophones.”

  • May 7, 2012 - 13:41 | Permalink

    Wow…Unlike anything I’ve heard before – with a touch of George Clinton in there, too, as well as the other influences you mention.

    At times it sounds as if it’s going to collapse into chaos, but it’s actually deceptively tight.

    Many thanks for this goodness.

  • Bob
    September 27, 2013 - 22:13 | Permalink

    Apparently #3 doesn’t exist anymore… I scored the other ones earlier today. Belated thanks for those, Sir!

    • Willard
      September 27, 2013 - 22:18 | Permalink

      #3? Just tried it and it’s working fine.

  • Bob
    September 28, 2013 - 02:25 | Permalink

    Very weird. Got a message saying file not found. In any case it’s there now.
    Thanks so much!

  • chocoa
    September 28, 2013 - 13:06 | Permalink

    That was the best time to live in NYC. Great bands everywhere, everybody was in a band.
    the contortions were dope-maybe a segway into the Ray-beats, Bushtetras.and Escape with Jody Harris and RIP Robert Quine.

  • brian
    October 6, 2013 - 19:56 | Permalink

    James lost my interest with ‘Sax Maniac’ and I never listened to anything of his after it. Seeing this post earlier today I checked out ‘Flaming Demonics’ on the web and it sounds as if he may have gotten back on track with it. It’s downloading now so I should know soon. Many thanks Willard.


  • roger
    October 10, 2013 - 22:53 | Permalink

    Thank you for this Willard. I’m familiar with some of this music but look forward to hearing more.

    I always thought that it’s the long version of “Contort Yourself” that is the Darnell (Kid Creole) remix and not the short version as you have it listed here. And I think that makes more sense if you listen to the two versions and are familiar with Mr. Creole’s work. Maybe I’m wrong. Not a big deal. Just thought I’d mention.

    Another great post!

  • Rich
    November 1, 2013 - 00:28 | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this great collection, and for your amazing site which continues to reveal untapped reservoirs of excellent music, even when I think I’ve found them all. I’m having a problem with link #4 on this set, though. It starts up, but then stops and starts at irregular, sluggish intervals, and says that the dl will take several hours (not like mega has acted before, including link #1 here, which worked fine). I’ve tried it repeatedly. Could it have become corrupted over time? Thanks again for everything.

    • Willard
      November 1, 2013 - 07:26 | Permalink

      There’s a new #4 link up, thanks.

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