Radio (Naked City album)

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Studio album by
RecordedApril 1992
LabelAvant Avan 003
ProducerJohn Zorn
Naked City chronology
Leng Tch'e
John Zorn chronology
Rituals: Live in Japan

Radio is the fourth studio album by the band Naked City, and their first to be composed entirely by bandleader John Zorn. The album was also released as part of Naked City: The Complete Studio Recordings on Tzadik Records in 2005.

Radio marked a return to the eclectic, "jump cut" style of the band's 1989 debut album. The liner notes cite a wide range of musical influences including Charles Mingus, Little Feat, Ruins, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Colin Wilson, Albert King, Chuck Brown, Orchestra Baobab, the Accüsed, the Meters, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Anton Webern, Sammy Cahn, Frank Sinatra, Morton Feldman, Igor Stravinsky, the Melvins, Beatmasters, Septic Death, Abe Schwartz, Ivo Papasov, Naftule Brandwein, Repulsion, Led Zeppelin, Bernard Herrmann, Santana, Extreme Noise Terror, Conway Twitty, Siege, Ornette Coleman, Corrosion of Conformity, Massacre, Quincy Jones, Sam Fuller, Funkadelic, Carcass, Liberace, Jan Hammer, Eddie Blackwell, Charlie Haden, Mick Harris, Carole King, Red Garland, Boredoms, Jerry Reed, SPK and Roger Williams in addition to Zorn's previously identified touchstones.[1]


In his 4 star review for the Allmusic website, Maurice Rickard states "Several genres and bands are skillfully evoked... and helpfully listed in the liner notes in order of occurrence. Jazz, surf, R&B, death metal, funk, acid rock, and serialism are grafted together in this collection, often into the same song, and the band shifts genres, tempos, and arrangements on a dime. Supposedly, Radio was conceived as a set for a college radio program, making it a kind of "Young Person's Guide to Naked City," beginning with accessible tunes, gradually building up listener tolerance to dissonance, and finally sandbagging the listener with evil blasts of dissonant metallic noise and convincing perpetrator-and-victim screaming."[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed and arranged by John Zorn.

2."Sunset Surfer"3:23
3."Party Girl"2:33
4."The Outsider"2:28
6."Terkmani Teepee"3:57
7."Sex Fiend"3:31
9."The Bitter and the Sweet"4:48
10."Krazy Kat"1:51
11."The Vault"4:44
14."Bone Orchard"3:59
15."I Die Screaming"2:20
16."Pistol Whipping"0:57
18."Shock Corridor"1:05
19."American Psycho"6:09


Liner Notes[edit]

Inspiration/Refer (note: this list corresponds to the above track listing)

  1. Charles Mingus on Candid / Eric Dolphy / Paul Bley
  2. Bob Demmon + The Astronauts
  3. Little Feat
  4. Ruins / Booker T. and the M.G.'s / Colin Wilson
  5. Ennio Morricone / Albert King / Chuck Brown
  6. Orchestra Baobab / Terauchi Takeshi / E.M. Elanka
  7. the Accüsed / the Meters / Yakuza Zankoku Hiroku
  8. Tony Williams' Lifetime / OLD
  9. Anthony Braxton / Anton Webern's "Six Bagatelles" / Sammy Cahn's "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" / Frank Sinatra / Morton Feldman
  10. Carl Stalling / Igor Stravinsky
  11. the Melvins / Beatmasters / Septic Death / Hellfire / Leather Folk (the Book)
  12. Abe Schwartz / Ivo Papasov / Naftule Brandwein
  13. Repulsion
  14. Led Zeppelin / Akemi and Jagatara / Bernard Herrmann
  15. Santana / Extreme Noise Terror / Conway Twitty
  16. Agnostic Front / Siege
  17. Ornette Coleman / Corrosion of Conformity / Massacre / Quincy Jones
  18. Sam Fuller / Funkadelic / Carcass
  19. Liberace / Jan Hammer / Napalm Death / Eddie Blackwell / Charlie Haden / Mick Harris / Carole King / Red Garland / Boredoms / Jerry Reed / SPK / Roger Williams


  • Published by Theatre of Musical Optics, BMI
  • Executive Producer: Disk Union
  • Associate Producer: Kazunori Sugiyama
  • Recorded April 1992 by Alec Head
  • Mixed September 1992 by Roger Moutenot
  • Assistant Engineer: Hoover Le
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig
  • Digital Editing by Scott Hull
  • Cover photos: Man Ray
  • Design: Tomoyo T.L. (Karath=Razar)
  • Typesetting: Lisa Wells
  • Special thanks to: Wadia F. Moses, Roger Moutenot, Ikue Mori, Kaoru, KimSu


  1. ^ Zorn, J., (1993), liner notes to Radio Avant: Japan.
  2. ^ a b Rickard, M. Allmusic Review accessed March 16, 2009.