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Konk

Konk were an explosive mutant post punk funk band that formed in New York in 1980. They played an important part in the link between New York?s Disco scene exemplified by clubs such as the Paradise Garage, and the Loft, and the New York underground downtown scene which birthed bands such as Liquid Liquid, ESG, and the Contortions.

Konk?s pioneering interest in electronic and musical technology also put them at the forefront of the burgeoning worlds of Electro/Hip-Hop and House. Their inclusion of bonus beats and 'DJ mixers' (samples of a track's individual elements) on their singles predated the popular use of samplers and enabled DJs such as Larry Levan to extend their tracks to mammoth lengths in live mixes! At the same time Konk would just as likely find themselves on a Bronx mix-tape alongside Bambaata?s "Planet Rock" and Mantronix "Put the Needle to the Groove" with Break-dancing and Body-popping being a regular feature at their live gigs.

Konk recorded on labels as diverse as Rough Trade, Sleeping Bag, 99 Records, Les Disques Du Crepuscle and Celluloid.

As well as being a key group in New York?s post punk dance scene where they regularly played alongside groups such as Liquid Liquid, Bush Tetras, and ESG, Konk found favour with DJs such as David Mancuso and the legendary Larry Levan and were one of a select few bands to play at both the Paradise Garage and the Loft.

Konk featured in its line up members of Jean Michel Basquiat?s band Gray, Sonic Youth, and members of Glenn Branca?s ensemble. Founding member Dana Vlcek later went on to work with Francois Kervorkian.

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