Jim Sclavunos, the tallest man in Rock is an American drummer, multi-instrumentalist musician, record producer and writer. Sclavunos, a half-Greek and half-Italian from Brooklyn, NY, is currently a member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Grinderman
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. As well as his work with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Grinderman he has recorded albums with 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 and Seasick Steve. He has also toured with Lydia Lunch, Alex Chilton and Wreckless Eric.
In 2000 Sclavunos formed his own New York-based musical ensemble The Vanity Set, releasing two studio albums to date. With the finest rhythm section in all five boroughs of New York City, The Vanity Set blend rebetiko music, psycho-billy guitar, creepy keys, raucous tuba, mellifluous violin and enigmatic Theremin.
Further to his work as a musician, Jim Sclavunos has produced a wide range of bands including Gogol Bordello, The Horrors, Du Blonde, The Jim Jones Revue and Black Moth.
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