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Lydia Zamm's 'Tip The Velvet'

"Bird Bird Bird
Sing my love to my love.
I am miles...
I am thighs and aching heart."

...from Bird

"I am sorry
I am so strong
and so weak
- everything you need
at a time
when you can't believe."

...from Lip To Lip

Tip the Velvet

From the lilting melody and bittersweet lyrics of "Bird" to the brooding melancholy of "Lip to Lip," Lydia Zamm's debut recording, Tip the Velvet, breeds voluptuous femininity. This EP was recorded in 1994 with producer Jim Sclavunos, currently with both Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Congo Norvell and having previously learned his way around the studio in such bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy, Sonic Youth, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, and the Cramps, just to name a few.

  • "Tip The Velvet envelopes the listener in an aural concave of passion and regret, simmering on a seductive and juicy hotbed of mucus and muscle which sizzles with unrequited lust, irresistible melodies and undiagnosable maladies and malaise....think Tommy Lee Joni Mitchell." - Jim Thirlwell aka Foetus
Lydia Zamm

Zamm and Sclavunos were abetted here by an ensemble of musicians which included Link Benka (Lydia Lunch and Rowland S. Howard's Shotgun Wedding album), Julia Kent (Rasputina) and Anna Domino among others. The traditional line-up of guitar, bass and drums was embellished with cello and sitar to create an exotic and dynamic melange of sound.


  • "I've listened to the Lydia Zamm CD3 and it's really GOOD...The next time I do a show on WFMU, I'm going to play the first song ("Bird") in a set between something by Lee Hazlewood and a song by The Ex (the amsterdam cello band, not the LA punk band)." - Bronwyn Carlton Taggart, WFMU


Tip the Velvet was conceived as a "recording project," as Lydia wanted to document some of the songs that she had been writing for the greater part of her life which, until now, had never received "the full treatment."


  • "Sexy, sad and smart... I enjoyed (Tip the Velvet's) melancholy splendor - perfect for a late Sunday night cocktail party for two." - Lydia Lunch


  • Previous to this output, there were only odd mentionings of Lydia in various fanzines. Maybe this record will begin to answer the question that Lisa Carver posed in an early issue of her acclaimed journal, Rollerderby.

    "Lydia Zamm is mentioned three times in this issue. What is her magic?"


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