Judy Nylon

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Judy Nylon is an American artist who moved to London in 1970. She was half of the punk act called Snatch,[1] which also featured Patti Palladin. Only those who lived in New York and London during the era that spanned glam rock, punk and no wave are likely to appreciate her importance, most of which isn't preserved in print, vinyl, or CD. In terms of cultural significance, she has been ranked with Patti Smith, The Raincoats, Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders, The Slits, Lydia Lunch, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees and even Nico.[citation needed]

Her Pal Judy record was released in 1982 and has been described as "a classic rainy day bit of sound and song to drift away to"by Paul Tickell in NME. It was co-produced by Judy Nylon and Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound and Tackhead.

That she is the Judy in Brian Eno's "Back In Judy's Jungle" is stated in her 3:AM Magazine interview. Nylon is responsible for inspiring the Eno version of ambient music according to Brian Eno's liner notes (the back cover of his Discreet Music contains his version of how this happened).

See John Cale's autobiography What's Welsh For Zen as well as his song "The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy", from the album Fear (1974). Also, for sound montage/cut-up techniques innovation (hers), see the Brian Eno track "R.A.F.", the B-side of "Kings Lead Hat", which is by Eno and Snatch, and released on Polydor Records.

A vinyl release, called Witch I, is, more or less, a Snatch roundup from 1983. It provides more information and has photographs and liner notes provided by Jon Savage.

Her current multi-disciplined arts practice is focused on international co-authorship and decentralized many-to-many style video storytelling. Since 2007 she has been involved with the group Aether9, who collaborate in multinational multi-streamed networked performances intending to develop a low cost, open source, nomadic public art production. Aether9 are currently focused on the collaborative development of dramaturgical rules and language particular to Internet modes of communication and performance.

[1] http://www.myspace.com/judynylon


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2003-10-31). The great indie discography. Canongate U.S. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-84195-335-9. Retrieved 30 June 2011.