Naked City

Members of Naked City: Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Joey Baron, John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Yamatsuka Eye
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/nekkedcity, http://members.tripod.com/~JFGraves/Naked_City/nakedcity.html

Discography of Naked City:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1990 Shimmy Disc
2 Radio 19 Audio 1993
3 BlackBox 45 Audio 1997 Tzadik
4 Heretic: Jeux Des Dames Cruelles 24 Audio 1992-08-00
5 Absinthe 8 Audio 1993
6 Leng Tch'e 3 Audio 1992-11-01 Toy's Factory
7 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1991 Earache
8 Live Volume 1: Knitting Factory 1989 20 Audio 2002 Tzadik
9 Grand Guignol 41 Audio 1992-02-00 Avant
10 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1990 Shimmy Disc
11 The John Zorn Radio Hour 6 Audio 1990 Nonesuch
12 Heretic Jeux Des Dames Cruelles 24 Audio 2000 ArsNova
13 Grand Guignol 41 Audio 2000 ArsNova
14 Absinthe 9 Audio 2000 ArsNova
15 Radio 19 Audio 2000 ArsNova
16 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1991 Toy's Factory
17 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1991 Earache
18 Black Box-20th Anniversary Edition: Torture Garden/Leng Tch'e 45 Audio 2010-10-00 Tzadik
19 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1991 Earache
20 Torture Garden 42 Audio 1996 Tzadik


This is John Zorn's infamous turn-on-a-dime band. Although they can play any style of music, the majority of their songs are noisy and complex. At any moment, a beautiful melody can degenerate into a hurricane of white noise — and then suddenly switch to something else. They've taken everything aggressive about jazz and heavy metal, blended it together, and tightened it. They are disciplined players, but the music is a lot of fun. They look like a rock band: drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and saxophone. On four of the albums, Yamatsuka Eye adds his unique vocals. He howls and snorts like a maniac instead of singing. (He is sometimes credited as "Yamataka Eye.").

The band formed in 1989, playing live before they recorded their first album. They recorded their final album in December of 1992.

line-up: Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Joey Baron, John Zorn, Yamatsuka Eye


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