Fact File: Lydia Lunch

As the abundance of delicate lace dresses drop on McQ.com, we take a look at one of the main influences behind the collection: Lydia Lunch. Renowned for her performances in the 1970s and 80s, Lydia’s talents range from poetry, music, acting and public speaking. As the punk scene was kicking off and the punks were being kicked out of clubs, Lydia was at the forefront of a new era of alternative music dubbed No Wave.  See below the need to know on Lydia Lunch.


Name Lydia Lunch real name Lydia Anne Koch.

DOB 1959.

Born Rochester, New York.

Occupation Poet, Singer, Actor, Public Speaker.

Dubbed ‘Lydia Lunch’ after she stole lunches from punk band The Dead Boys.


Performed with artists including; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Marc Almond, Teenage Jesus, Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon and so many more.

She was known for her love of fishnets and see-through, body baring tops. With a mop of unkempt jet hair, occasionally she’d team pretty dresses with a smudge of black lipstick.


Lydia has released over 9 albums.


Lydia was part of the No Wave movement in Downtown New York in the 70’s. The No Wave movement involved an array of avant-garde musicians and poets, using a variety of noise and alternative genres to get their messages across. Some said it happened in reaction and in opposition to Punk Rock.

She described the No Wave movement in an interview as, “the apocalypse had happened. It felt like this city was the end of the world.”


Her acting career has seen her star in “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” and “Fingered.”

In 1997 she released her first auto-biography “Paradoxia” in which she wrote frankly  about early life and drug abuse.


Lydia moved to Barcelona in 2004.


A new documentary about Lydia’s life and career called “Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over” has just released its first trailer.