Weird Little Boy

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Weird Little Boy
Studio album by Weird Little Boy
Released 1998
Recorded November 26, 1995
Genre Avant-garde, experimental, Noise
Length 41:49
Label Avant Avan 043
Producer John Zorn, Kazunori Sugiyama
John Zorn chronology
Filmworks VIII: 1997
(1998)
Weird Little Boy
(1998)
The Circle Maker
(1998)

Weird Little Boy is a one-off album by a band of the same name consisting of abstract soundscapes and experimental music performed by John Zorn (alto saxophone, keyboards, samplers), Trey Spruance (guitar, drums, keyboards), William Winant (percussion), Mike Patton (drums, vocals) and Chris Cochrane (guitar). It was released in 1998 on the Japanese label Avant.

Weird Little Boy is regarded by fans (as well as by the actual performers) as the best/worst thing that could have resulted from the meeting of this eclectic mix of artists. Every performer on the recording has at some point professed their distaste for the project. Most vocal on this subject was Trey Spruance.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Bradley Torreano awarded the album 3 stars noting that "This is not for fans of jazz, or fans of anything really. This is a brutal noise experience for listeners interested in how far sonic technology can really be stretched and twisted. It is also very captivating music, and given time it can really sustain interest. Just make sure to listen to it when you have time to digest the whole package".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Two Weeks on a Morphine Drip / New Dirt and New Flies / Lorne Greene" - 10:17
  2. "If the Gun Has a Mind / Redeye / Worms and Shit" - 8:05
  3. "Totally Poobied" - 2:14
  4. "Weird Little Boy" - 1:39
  5. "Lungfull of Water" - 7:51
  6. "Seance" - 3:04
  7. "When Blood Fills a Cylinder" - 2:59
  8. "Waiting" - 1:46
  9. "Blindness" - 4:04
Recorded at Creative Audio, New York City on November 26, 1995
All compositions by Weird Little Boy

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Will York, "The secret chief - Trey Spruance declares war on hipness by association.", SFBG.com, June 5, 2002
  2. ^ a b Torreano, B. Allmusic Review accessed November 21, 2013.