Tune in to New Music in the afternoon on Monday, September 22, from 3pm to 6pm for a live interview with Billy Martin, Evan Lurie and Steven Bernstein from avant jazz group The Lounge Lizards. The Lounge Lizards were founded in New York in the late 1970s and founded by saxophonist John Lurie and pianist Evan Lurie. Listen as the Lounge Lizards discuss their upcoming performances at City Hall and at the Strange and Beautiful Festival. Listen!
Originally intended as entertainment for a downtown New York arts scene (which wasn't knee-deep in any wave at the time), the lounge lizards spent more than a decade with various lineups playing jazz with pop and avant-garde rock tendencies. The first incarnation of the band was led by the saxophonist John Lurie , with brother Evan at the piano, Arto Lindsay on guitar, Steve Piccolo on bass and ex- Feelie Anton Fier on drums; this lineup only appeared on the band's acclaimed, all-instrumental, self-titled 1981 debut. Lindsay and Requirements left shortly afterwards, everyone with a long line of projects tackled, and the Luries recorded Live from the drunk boat 1983 with a different and less convincing line-up. 1985, during a break in the Evan Lurie recorded his first solo piano album, The Collection Live 79/81 was published; the group has also recorded with the producer Teo Macero and the London Philharmonic . the lounge lizards 1986 regrouped with both Lurie Brothers, saxophonist Roy Nathanson , Trombonist Curtis Fowlkes , Guitarist Marc Ribot , Bassist Erik Sanko , and drummer Dougie Bowne . This list was added Big Heart Live in Tokio (1986) and the studio LP No pain for cake (1987), the latter of which included the group's first vocal number. 1989 Voice of Chunk was initially only sold by post, but has since been reissued on CD. John Lurie also did several scoring jobs Jim Jarmusch Movies, including Stranger than paradise (1986), Down by law (1988), and Mystery-Zug (1989).