Norma Loy- Romance 12”

Today’s post is the very first 12” single by classic French coldwave band Norma Loy, one of the first bands of the genre, and one of the few to get significant exposure outside of their home country. Though original members Usher and Chelsea first met and collaborated in 1977, Norma Loy properly formed in 1981, dubbed so by Alan Vega of Suicide. Heavily drawing on the intensity of post-punk, the cold buzzing synths of minimal synth, and the theatrics of performance art, the band released several singles and full lengths with various lineups before disbanding in 1993. Usher and Chelsea continued their collaborations sporadically while each explored solo projects and various other art experiments in alternate mediums. In the meanwhile, the band’s influence grew, as several compilations and reissues sprung up from the band’s ashes.

After a thirteen year hiatus, Norma Loy reformed for a series of hometown shows, original members Chelsea and Usher joined by Lol (bass), Yann Reversat (guitar), Guillaume (drums), and Helene (buto dance). The band is seemingly still active, most recently appearing in Prague, yet no new material has surfaced.

I’ve uploaded their very first release, 1983’s Romance 12”. Without any further delay, the details:

Norma Loy- Romance 12”
1. Romance
2. Crazy Soul
3. Glance In Your Eyes
4. Tragic Venus

*download it here*

For your supplementary viewing pleasure, here’s a video clip for the band’s most well known tune, ‘Power of Spirit.’

For more info on Norma Loy, please visit their myspace page below. Also, Infrastition has reissued several of the band’s classic records, including the four tracks above (as part of an early singles compilation). Pick ’em up if you’re hip to it!

Norma Loy on myspace
Infrastition dot com

5 Responses to “Norma Loy- Romance 12””

  1. Thank you for your amazing blog. I love the cold wave and interesting stuff you put here.
    Keep the spirit.


  2. Joshua Second Says:

    Wonderful material, I first heard to norma loy on a coldwave compilation I managed to get, couldn’t find any records of them though.

    tanks for the upload.


  3. harleytexas Says:

    great stuff..anymore to upload????

  4. […] limited edition, 1983 mini-LP is a true coldwave masterpiece, brought to you by members of Norma Loy and RĂ©sistance, you can expect the same sort of brilliance here over the course of six tracks. My […]

  5. It’d be cool if there was a download for Norma Loy’s Sacrifice LP, which includes their best know track “Power of Spirit.”

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