Heretic (Naked City album)

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This article is about the album by Naked City. For the album by Morbid Angel, see Heretic (Morbid Angel album).
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Soundtrack album by Naked City
Released 1992
Recorded 1991 at Shelley Palmer Studios, NYC
Genre Free jazz
Experimental rock
Length 56:34
Label Avant
Producer John Zorn
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Heretic is the third studio album by the band Naked City, used as a soundtrack for the underground S/M film Jeux des Dames Cruelles. The album utilises different combinations of band members in duos and trios with the entire band performing together on only one track "Fire and Ice".

According to the Knitting Factory, "Heretic is an experimental narrative in the form of an extended trailer. A very funny take on psychotherapy starring Karen Finley."


The Allmusic review by Caleb Deupree awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Although this album is credited as a soundtrack for a porn movie (scenes from which decorate the sleeve art), its music will appeal to many improv-oriented listeners who have a hard time with the thrash/hardcore atmosphere that is so characteristic of the band's first album and the Torture Garden pieces".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music by Naked City

  1. Main Titles (Eye, Horvitz, Baron) – 1:26
  2. Sex Games (Frisell, Frith, Baron) – 2:21
  3. The Brood (Zorn, Horvitz, Baron) - 2:48
  4. Sweat, Sperm + Blood (Eye, Zorn) - 2:03
  5. Vliet (Frisell, Frith) - 0:49
  6. Heretic 1 (Zorn, Frith) - 2:32
  7. Submission (Horvitz, Frisell, Baron) - 4:21
  8. Heretic 2 (Zorn, Frith, Baron) - 1:44
  9. Catacombs (Horvitz, Frisell) - 2:46
  10. Heretic 3 (Zorn, Frith, Baron) - 2:41
  11. My Master, My Slave (Horvitz, Frith) - 2:23
  12. Saint Jude (Frisell, Frith, Baron) - 2:12
  13. The Conqueror Worm (Zorn, Horvitz) - 2:31
  14. Dominatrix 5B (Horvitz, Frisell, Baron) - 2:16
  15. Back Through the Looking Glass (Frisell, Frith) - 2:39
  16. Here Come the 7,000 Frogs (Eye, Zorn) - 1:59
  17. Slaughterhouse/Chase Sequence (Frisell, Frith, Baron) - 2:18
  18. Castle Keep (Horvitz, Frisell) - 1:48
  19. Mantra of Resurrected Shit (Eye, Zorn) - 1:41
  20. Trypsicore (Horvitz, Baron) - 1:46
  21. Fire and Ice (Club Scene) (Naked City) - 2:37
  22. Crosstalk (Horvitz, Frisell, Frith) - 1:40
  23. Copraphagist Rituals (Eye, Horvitz, Baron) - 0:53
  24. Labyrinth (Frisell, Baron) - 5:47



  • Recording Engineer: Jason Baker
  • Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
  • Mastering by Bob Ludwig
  • Digital editing by Scott Hull
  • Illustration by Maruo Suehiro
  • Typesetting by Lisa Wells
  • Designed by Tomoyo T.L. (Karath=Razar)
  • Executive Producer: Disk Union
  • Associate Producer: Kazunori Sugiyama
  • Produced by John Zorn
  • Special thanks to: Derek Bailey, Larry Ochs, Mike Patton, Shelley Palmer, Kazunori Sugiyama and Kim Su Theiler.

This record is dedicated to Harry Smith, Mystic Animator, Pioneer Ethnomusicologist, Hermetic Scholar, Creator of "Heaven + Earth Magic", one of the greatest films of all time.


  1. ^ a b Deupree, C. Allmusic Review accessed March 13, 2009