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Chicanery, Warren Cuccurullo and Neil Carlill
Background information
OriginVenice, California, U.S.
GenresExperimental rock, progressive rock
Years active2005-present
LabelsdPulse Recordings
Associated actsFrank Zappa, Duran Duran, Delicatessen, TV Mania
MembersWarren Cuccurullo
Neil Carlill
Simone Sello
Terry Bozzio
Ustad Sultan Khan
Joe Travers

Chicanery is an American experimental rock band consisting of Warren Cuccurullo and Neil Carlill. Based in Venice, California, with various members from across the United States and around the world, the focus of the project is to present an alternative musical form that is a psychotic and surreal vision of pop music.[1]


The history of Chicanery extends back to the late 1990s in London, England. With Duran Duran at that time, Cuccurullo had founded TV Mania with Nick Rhodes, and he was searching for a lead singer for the second segment of that project. While working in his recording studio, Cuccurullo heard the voice of Neil Carlill, lead singer of the group Delicatessen on one of that band's music videos, and thought that it would fit the project. Cuccurullo found Carlill through the group’s record label, and invited him to record some music at the studio.[2] Prior to that meeting, Ustad Sultan Khan and Cuccurullo recorded material together in the summer of 1998, some of which was used for "Cut Me from the Mirror", a track on the Chicanery album.[3]

When Cuccurullo relocated back to Los Angeles after his tenure with Duran Duran ended in 2001, he lost touch with Carlill for a period of time. After they reestablished contact, Carlill sent demos of his latest music to Cuccurullo. Four of those tracks were used on the Chicanery album.[2] In 2005 the bulk of the tracks for the debut album were cut in Los Angeles at Red Rum Studios, and some of the music was recorded in Massachusetts. Often, tracks would be recorded at home studios, sent to Simone Sello, and then on to the larger studios for recording and mixing to create the finished product.[4][5] The album was released on May 11, 2010 through dPulse Recordings.

Also with Cuccurullo and Carlill on selected sessions are long-time Cuccurullo collaborator Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa alumnus Joe Travers, and various other guests.[6]



Year Album Label
2010 Chicanery dPulse Recordings


Year Song Album Label
2010 "Hubert Selby Song" Chicanery dPulse Recordings
"Gold Pavillions"


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2010 "Cut Me From the Mirror" Mariano Di Martino


  1. ^ Luana Salvatore "Chicanery, la vita oltre i Duran Duran"[permanent dead link]. "Rolling Stone Magazine", Italy May 6, 2010 para. 1
  2. ^ a b Salvo Zuppardo " interviews Chicanery" "" response to 1st question
  3. ^ Salvo Zuppardo " interviews Chicanery" "" response to 7th question
  4. ^ Andrew Greenaway "Interview with Chicanery Wines and Old, Old Questions" "The Idiot Bastard Son of T'Mershi Duween" April 23, 2010 response to 5th question
  5. ^ Salvo Zuppardo " interviews Chicanery" "" response to 5th question
  6. ^ Luana Salvatore "Chicanery, la vita oltre i Duran Duran"[permanent dead link]. "Rolling Stone Magazine", Italy May 6, 2010 para. 3

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