John Zorn's Liner Notes
It Was Easy
John Zorn's "Spillane," a twenty-odd minute performance piece (some of it very odd) from the 1987 album of the same name, is an aural dumpster dive, full of jagged bits of jazz, spoken word, sound effects and who knows what else, inspired by pulp fiction and in particular the works of Mickey Spillane. It's the centerpiece of the album, taking up the whole of Side One, while the flipside boasts three equally pulp-inspired tracks: "Two-Lane Highway: Preacher Man...," "Forbidden Fruit" and "Two-Lane Highway: Hico Killer-Long Mile To Houston."
"Spillane" kicks off with a blood-curdling scream and works its fever dream way through burlesque, some otherworldly sci-fi themes, some nasty, discordant saxophone bleats, a chicken-plucking country vamp, crowd noises and some crap than Zorn probably found under his shoe, suggesting a wild night in some hell hole of a town where it's always raining, and there isn't enough booze or love in the world to make it right.
What does it all mean? I haven't a friggin' clue.
As Mike Hammer might say, "What is this shit?"
And yet in an odd way, it's oddly affecting, an audacious, abrasive ear-worm that's managed to penetrate even the thick skull of this jazzaphobic rock'n'roll kid.
Here, Zorn tries to explain in the liner notes below, but I'm not sure he succeeds.
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