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Loung Lizards
Lounge Lizards
Loung Lizards
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Lounge Lizards
Title: Loung Lizards
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Europe Generic
Release Date: 9/10/1990
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk, Modern Postbebop, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 017046156127, 077778734123, 5012985400824

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The original and best
bimwa | Australia | 03/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Long before John Zorn's blend of hardcore and jazz in Naked City, John Lurie put together this intense jazz-punk hybrid. It has a sleazy, gritty sound that shows the early development and experimentation of the long-running institution that is The Lounge Lizards.Lurie's sax plays many of the melodies, but perhaps more of a feature is the insane scraping sounds of Arto Lindsay's guitar and Evan Lurie wildly tinkering on the electric piano. Drummer Anton Fier's style sounds a bit more rock than jazz, which also adds to the punkiness.The material is mostly by John Lurie, and falls somewhere between sexy, loungy jazz ("Ballad", "You Haunt Me" and a pretty straight reading of Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne") and upbeat crazy pieces ("Wangling", Thelonius Monk's "Well You Needn't" and "Epistrophy"), at times somewhat Frank Zappa-ish, as another review mentioned.Later incarnations of The Lounge Lizards saw Lurie adding more and more horns, then other instruments and eventually creating a more layered sound, which incorporated some elements of classical and African musics (among countless others). All of their work has been great, but this, their debut album still remains the most fresh and exciting."
Brilliant Debut
Robert English | Independence, OR USA | 06/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"John Lurie has recorded good material since this was made, but this particular CD is unique; it captures the band while they were still developing, and is fascinating for that reason alone. Basically, I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes Frank Zappa's early 70's output ("Grand Wazoo", "Waka/Jawaka", "Weasels") and/or Henry Cow ("Leg End", etc.). If this is your first taste of this sort of music, it may take a while to grow on you. But once it does, you'll be listening to all music with different ears.Glad to see this is still available in some form; I bought this in '81, and still go back to it when I need to remember what experimental jazz can sound like when a sense of humor and history are present."
Free Jazz/No-Wave Collision
scott | Buffalo, NY | 05/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The debut Lounge Lizards here featured guitarist Arto Lindsay who along w/ Ikue Mori went on to form the legendary downtown NYC No-Wave band DNA and then worked with John Zorn, formed the Ambitious Lovers....and so on. Here he is in unique and profound form, blasting out oddly phrased tones from his infamous no-name (? ) red 12-string guitar..."