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Jim Sclavunos

Jim Sclavunos
Jim Sclavunos
Background information
Genres Post-punk, alternative rock, garage rock
Instruments Drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Mute
Associated acts Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, The Vanity Set, Sonic Youth, 8 Eyed Spy, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, The Cramps, Religious to Damn

Jim Sclavunos (aka James Sclavunos) is an American drummer, multi-instrumentalist musician, record producer and writer.

Sclavunos, a half-Greek and half-Italian from Brooklyn, NY (known for his exceptional height at 6'7"), is currently a member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Grinderman.

Jim Sclavunos was memorably described in the pages of The Wire as an "infamous elegant degenerate." He has long been a prime mover in New York City’s vibrant underground music scene, helping to kick-start the vital No Wave movement in the late 1970s (in Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and 8 Eyed Spy with Lydia Lunch), before playing with Sonic Youth and The Cramps. He has recorded albums with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, 8 Eyed Spy and Congo Norvell as well as recording sessions with many artists including Marianne Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Beth Orton, Religious to Damn and Seasick Steve. He has also toured with Lydia Lunch, Alex Chilton and Wreckless Eric.

A key member of The Bad Seeds since 1994 and a founding member of Grinderman, he also formed his own New York-based musical ensemble The Vanity Set in 2000, releasing two studio albums to date.

Further to his work as a musician, Jim Sclavunos has produced a wide range of bands including Gogol Bordello, The Horrors, The Jim Jones Revue and Black Moth. He has done several remixes, both on his own and as one half of Silver Alert (along with The Vanity Set band mate, Peter Mavrogeorgis).

In 2012, Silver Alert performed “Faustian Pact” at The Perth International Arts Festival in Western Australia, a live adaptation of FW Murnau's film, Faust, produced in collaboration with director/choreographer Micki Pellerano.

In 2012, Sclavunos began an ongoing collaboration with Australian performance artist/musician Michaela Davies on a composition entitled “FM-2030” (so-named for the transhumanist philosopher Fereidoun M. Esfandiary) utilizing programmed electro-muscular stimulation (EMS) of classical string players to generate involuntary playing movements. The composition is set to premiere at the 2013 Sonica Festival in Glasgow.

Selective list of bands

Selected producer credits

  • Lola Colt - Away From The Water (2014)
  • Black Moth – The Killing Jar (2012), Condemned to Hope (2014)
  • Teenage Mothers - I Wish I Was Beautiful (2014)
  • The Callas - Am I Vertical (2013)
  • Freshkills – Raise Up The Sheets (2012)
  • The Jim Jones RevueBurning Your House Down (2010), The Savage Heart (2012)
  • David J. Roch – Skin & Bones (2011)
  • [[Beth
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