Neighborhood Texture Jam was the first band I saw at the Antenna, and they blew my 18-year-old mind. The Memphis punks were crass, cerebral, hard, political, and fun. Memphis music has always been a polyglot of styles, and nobody personifies it better than NTJ, who mixed Madison Avenue hardcore punk with southern rock, funk, country, Bowie-esque theatricality, and forays into noise. This video, credited to "Marks/Wilson", is from 1991, and it only hints at what a tremendously powerful live band they were—and still are, if you catch one of their periodic reunion shows.
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