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New York City, New York, United States (1988 – 1993, 2003 – 2003)

Naked City was an music group from New York City, New York, United States led by and John Zorn, performed from 1988 to 1993. The ensemble was notable for remaining unconfined to any musical category, juxtaposing unrelated styles of music often within individual compositions at breakneck speed. Its music incorporated recognizable elements of , , , , , , and other genres. Carl Stalling has been cited as an influence on Zorn and the work of Naked City.

An embryonic version of Naked City appeared on Rubaiyat: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary (1990). Zorn was joined by singer Yamatsuka Eye, guitarist Robert Quine, bass guitarist Bill Laswell and drummer Ted Epstein, for a spastic, caterwauling version of The Stooges’ “T.V. Eye”.

In Naked City’s characteristic early style, songs were often performed at astonishingly fast tempos, drawing heavily on and hardcore punk’s emphasis on extreme speed. Many songs were quite brief, and typically switched musical genres every few measures, perhaps comparable to spinning a radio dial at random and hearing the same band performing on every station. One critic described Naked City’s music as “jump-cutting micro-collages of hardcore, country, sleazy jazz, covers of John Barry and Ornette Coleman, brief abstract tussles — a whole city crammed into two or three minute bursts.” This fast-change tendency was inspired in part by Carl Stalling — a Zorn favorite — who wrote music for many Warner Brothers cartoons (featuring Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others); music that featured frequent shifts in tempo, theme and style.


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  • pimkach

    Под них крамповать самое то.

    29 Aug 2:59pm Reply
  • drochlen

    Слушал как-то диск, не имея список композиций, а тут оказывается их так много и длина у большинства не более минуты. Ну не прям что-то дико выдающееся, но послушать интересно, а разнообразие здесь присутствует.

    29 Jul 9:16am Reply
  • Kyonil

    Норм таки.

    14 Jul 5:46am Reply
  • ChelseaSmile95

    I watched Funny Games U.S. a couple of days ago. Their song sounds cool in the film.

    17 Jun 10:55am Reply
  • chillouthill

    Bonehead - What the actual fuck.

    14 May 2:36pm Reply
  • Marquis-manson

    Funny Assholes...

    9 Mar 8:20pm Reply
  • Patholysis

    i would love to hear a powerviolence version of this band

    4 Mar 11:54am Reply
  • Kaged69

    i like this, it cancels the echo in my head, finally some silence

    9 Feb 2:14am Reply
  • agnessilvap

    "naked city plays on the background while I kill my victims." exactly what I tought when I listened 'Batman'

    6 Feb 10:15pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    V Yes you are..

    16 Jan 12:27am Reply
  • brootaljared

    pretentious as fuck

    7 Jan 7:17am Reply
  • aloeveradrink

    Crazy shit. I love it.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • robtroke

    naked city plays on the background while I kill my victims.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • itsmysandwich

    I prefer Painkiller, but Naked City is amazing. John Zorn is the man.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Fred Frith is underrated as a bass player. I always loved he's playing in this band.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
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    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • luiz_kogut

    Funny band

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    Fucking amazing band, easily becoming one of my favorites lately.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DesignToKill

    Naked City should be playing in the foreground, otherwise you're doing it wrong. [2]

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • AdWeinstein

    the best music for writing *endless love*

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
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