RK 50: John Lurie
8-27-08 RK 50: John Lurie
I first saw The Lounge Lizards at the Whisky A-go-go about 1981 or so. I (vaguely) remember drinking a lot at that show (I would’ve been 21 or 22 then). I saw them roughly 20 years after that, at the El Rey theatre on
CD AFRICAN SWIM AND MANNY & LO STRANGE AND B SBM 0017
1998 25 TRKS Both original soundtracks
CD DOWN BY LAW CRAMMED BEL MTM 14CD
1987 21 TRKS
CD FISHING WITH JOHN (O.S.T.) STRANGE AND B SB 0014
1998 23 TRKS O.S.T.
CD GET SHORTY (O.S.T.) (Various artists)
1995 17 TRKS John Lurie & Various artists
CD MARVIN PONTIAC STRANGE AND B SB 0018
1999 14 TRKS
CD MEN WITH STICKS (J.L. Nat'l Orch.) CRAMMED BEL MTM 34CD
1993 3 TRKS
CD STRANGER THAN
1999 9 TRKS
Mr. Lurie has an amusing sense of humor – ever see his T.V. series “Fishing With John” (1991)? Some of those are pretty funny – there’s a DVD of it out, courtesy the Criterion Collection.
One definitely needs to have all (or most) of the releases by The Lounge Lizards:
“The Lounge Lizards” (1981), “Live From The Drunken Boat” (1983), “Big Heart (Live in Tokyo” (1986), “No Pain For Cakes” (1987), “Voice of Chunk” (1989), “Live in Berlin 1991, Vol. 1” and “Live in Berlin 1991, Vol. 2” (both ’92 releases) and, finally, “Queen of All Ears” (1998), their last studio recording. My friend Joe has a laser disc of The Lounge Lizards “Live in Tokyo” (1985), and I have a laser disc of the “Live in Berlin 1991” set. As far as I know, neither of these have ever been made into DVD’s. There are also a few CD’s on Mr. Lurie’s “Strange and Beautiful” label that I cannot find, primarily soundtracks – or did I get them all finally? Is something out-of-print? I really should check the OST for “Mystery Train” – Mr. Lurie has something on that…
It is uncommon to experience entertainment of this nature in person. I do not think the Lounge Lizards / Mr. Lurie were over-doing it by appearing in
I am a big fan of his artwork. Wish I had an extra $500 to get one of the prints up on his website presently. Very funny stuff – and I do not say that about just anything. Gotta have that coffee table book of his artwork, too (“A Fine Example Of Art”). I have heard that he has been in ill-health for a while now – I hope he is alright, and that he continues to create stuff that he chooses to share with the world.
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