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Dead City Radio

Artist: William S. Burroughs

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Label: Island (Label)
Album: Dead City Radio
# Song Title   Time
1)    William's Welcome: What Are You Here For?
2)    Thanksgiving Prayer, A
3)    Naked Lunch Excerpts: You Got Any Eggs for Fats?/Dinner ...
4)    Ah Pook the Destroyer/Brion Gysin's All-Purpose Bedtime Story
5)    After-Dinner Conversation: An Atrocious Conceit/Where He Was Going
6)    Kill the Badger!
7)    New Standard by Which to Measure Infamy, A
8)    Sermon on the Mount 1, The (W.S.B. Reads the Good Book)
9)    No More Stalins, No More Hitlers
10)    Sermon on the Mount 2, The
11)    Scandal at the Jungle Hiltons
12)    Sermon on the Mount 3, The
13)    Love Your Enemies
14)    Dr. Benway's House
15)    Apocalypse
16)    Lord's Prayer, The
17)    Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt (Falling in Love Again)

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: William S. Burroughs (spoken vocals); Frank Simms, Dennis Martin, Leslie Miller, Arlene Martel (vocals); Maxine Neumann (cello); Lenny Pickett (clarinet, woodwinds); Tom Varner (French horn); Cheryl Hardwick (piano); Bobby Previte (drums); John Cale, Donald Fagen, Chris Stein, Friedrich Hollander.
  • Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Rinaldo, Steve Shelly.
  • Principally recorded at Hairball 3, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Personnel: William S. Burroughs (vocals); Frank Simms, Dennis Martin, Leslie Miller (vocals); Maxine Neuman (cello); Lenny Pickett (clarinet, woodwinds); Tom Varner (French horn); Cheryl Hardwick (piano, organ); Bobby Previte (percussion); Andrew Green (keyboard programming).
  • Audio Mixers: Joe Ferla; Chris Laidlaw.
  • Liner Note Author: Hal Willner.
  • Recording information: Acoustilog; Bearsville Studios, New York, NY; Hairball 3; Lawrence, KS; Quadrosonic Studios, NY; Sigma Sound Studios, NY; Sorcerer Sound, NY.
  • Editors: Hal Willner; Nelson Lyon.
  • Photographers: Adrian Boot; Nelson Lyon.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Kim Gordon; Lee Ranaldo; Allen Ginsberg; Thurston Moore.
  • Arranger: Lenny Pickett .
  • In 1988, genius producer Hal Willner (best known, perhaps ironically, for his Disney tribute album STAY AWAKE) traveled to Lawrence, Kansas and taped NAKED LUNCH author and Beat Generation legend William Burroughs performing excerpts from his work. He then enlisted the likes of Donald Fagen and Sonic Youth to create accompanying musical collages. To this end he also unearthed Aaron Copland-esque music recorded in the late '40s and '50s for various radio shows by Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • The more contemporary backing material is fine, and Burroughs' dry as dust readings sound particularly unsettling when backed by symphonic Americana. Be warned, however, that the album ends with the author cackling his way through a sepulchral German version of Marlene Dietrich's "Falling in Love Again;" it's as creepy a performance as you're likely to hear in a lifetime.

Professional Reviews
Q (3/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "..Spoken word albums by celebrated writers are, without exception, a pain in the Bohemia...except this one... akin to having a prefrontal lobotomy without anaesthetic...a spoken word album to justify the existence of all the others."

Producer:Hal Willner; Nelson Lyon
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:19 December, 1995
Guest Artist: Lenny Pickett; Cheryl Hardwick; John Cale; Sonic Youth; Chris Stein; Donald Fagen
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diver dan on
yeah i have to agree with the previous reviewer, this is not as good as spare ass annie, but its a very different record and one that suits people with ecletic tastes. If your a fan of william s burroughs writing then i imagine this album would be good to listen to for the sake of hearing his mangled voice. Its an ok record but not brilliant like his books.
vin sin on
This record is not really that good. i bought this thinking it might be something like spare ass annie which was really good. but this on the other hand was not. William Burroughs sounds as if hes taking way too much methadone on that particular day and drools through most of his reciting of his writings, definately not worth buying, grab spar ass annie instead as that cd is great.

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