No Bra (band)

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No Bra
OriginLondon, UK
Years active2003–present
MembersSusanne Oberbeck
Past members
  • Dale Cornish
  • Fanny Paul Clinton

No Bra is an industrial/electronica band formed in East London, England, in 2003 by Susanne Oberbeck and Fanny Paul Clinton, who combine electronic pop and industrial grooves with sinister Germanic folk.[1]


Born in Germany, Oberbeck moved to London to study art at Camberwell College of Arts when in her early twenties.[2] She went on to study film in New York before returning to London and deciding to focus on music, and formed No Bra in 2003 with Fanny Paul Clinton, taking the band name from a tabloid headline about Rachel Stevens.[2][3]

Dale Cornish replaced Clinton in 2004.[4] The band had an underground hit with their first single "Munchausen", in 2005 which was included in BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong's 'best of 2005' list and the Rough Trade best of 2005 compilation. It was named Tong's 'Eclectic Tune of 2005' and James Hyman's 'Tune of the Year 2005'[5] and was described as "essentially the London art-school answer to (LCD Soundsystem song) "Losing My Edge"'s Williamsburg smack down".[6] The group's first album, Dance and Walk, was released in November 2006.[6]

The track "Doherfuckher" was used as part of the sound track to Bruce La Bruce's film Otto or up With Dead People.[7]

In 2006 Cornish left (initially joining Baraclough and later working as a solo artist), and No Bra became a Susanne Oberbeck solo project.[4]

In 2007, the Dutch Scapino Ballet based a ballet performance on No Bra's music which toured around Europe.[8] Despite claiming to be "not gay", No Bra's Susanne was nominated as their gay icon by influential British post punk band The Raincoats,[9] and asked to perform with them at the gay icons exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2009. No Bra also appears in the upcoming documentary about The Raincoats.[10] The musician's image has inspired several visual artists such as Christophe Chemin and Brian Kenny and photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.[11]

No Bra has toured Europe and North America with The Gossip,[9] Savages, Patrick Wolf and others, and performed at numerous live venues and night clubs and galleries including Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, MoMa (with the Raincoats), Artists Space, and Future Feminism at the Hole Gallery.

In 2010 No Bra relocated to New York City, where she recorded with a live band as well as touring the US and Europe. In 2013 the second No Bra album Candy was released.[12]

In 2014 No Bra was featured on the track "Lukas" on Mykki Blanco's album Gay Dog Food.



  • Dance and Walk (2006), Muskel
  • Candy (2013), self released


  • "Munchausen" / "X Sauna" (2005), Muskel
  • "Noise Pollution" / "No Woman No Crime" (2006), Muskel
  • "Super Subway Comedian" (w. Klaxons and Alan Vega) (Blast First Petite) (2009), Blast First petite[13]
  • "Minger" / "New Hero" (2010)


  • "Lukas" (feat. No Bra) Mykki Blanco, Gay Dog Food, UNO NYC (2014)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Date with the Devil" Jerk Off compilation, Jerk Off (2011)
  • "Minger" (These New Puritans Remix) "Tapes" The Big Pink Compilation (K7 Records) (2010)
  • "Munchausen" Rough Trade Counter Culture 2005 compilation (V2 records) (2006)[14]
  • "In your Jeans" Electronic Bible 2 (White Label Records) (2006)
  • "No Woman No Crime" Girl Monster compilation (Chicks on Speed Records) (2006)
  • "Munchausen" (The Most Mix) Independence Mix Vol.1, Independence Records (2006)
  • "Dance and Walk" White Light artists' compilation, White Light Gallery (2007)
  • "Fags in a time tunnel" Visionnaire Magazine Sound Issue (2007)
  • "New Girls" GLU Magazine Compilation (2008)
  • "Doherfuckher" on soundtrack to Bruce La Bruce's "Otto or Up with Dead People" (Crippled Dick Hot Wax/SPV) (2008)
  • "She was a Butcher" No Bra compilation, De Player Rotterdam (2009)


  1. ^ Jonze, Tim (2007) "Ban This Filth!", The Guardian, 12 May 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  2. ^ a b Lee, Carol (2010) "Beautiful People 2010: No Bra", Paper, 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  3. ^ Christian, Tessa (2016) "i-d throwback: we meet gender subverting icon susanne oberbeck", i-D, 12 September 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  4. ^ a b "Xeric Launch Event with Dale Cornish", Resident Advisor, 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  5. ^ Hyman, James (2005) "Happy Holidays: 2005 > 2006",, 25 December 2005. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  6. ^ a b Berman, Stewart (2007) "No Bra Dance and Walk", Pitchfork, 31 January 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  7. ^ Archived 2 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ a b "Susanne Oberbeck, aka No Bra, on the Power of The Raincoats", AnOther, 26 June 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  10. ^ Archived 15 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Archived 19 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Beynon, Bryony (2013) "Escaping The Candy Store: No Bra Interviewed", The Quietus, 10 September 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2018
  13. ^ Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Archived 9 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.