John Zorn: New Jersey Scum Swamp


New Jersey Scum Swamp


John Zorn (vocals, alto sax)


Naked City: The Complete Studio Recordings (Tzadik 7344)

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John Zorn (vocals, alto sax), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Fred Frith (bass), Bill Frisell (guitar), Joey Baron (drums), Yamatsuka Eye (vocals).

Composed by John Zorn & Yamatsuka Eye


Recorded: New York and Tokyo, 1989 and 1990


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

According to New Jersey's Septic Management Group, which is committed to "Protecting Our Groundwater, One Septic System at a Time," the #1 cause of system failure is sticky biomat scum buildup. If accessible, this scum could be regularly removed, dramatically extending system life. "But it's not accessible. So what's a homeowner to do? Install a Septic Tank Effluent Filter!" Alas, such scientific ingenuity earns nothing but nose-thumbing from Hudson River east-bank arts snobs John Scorn and his Naked City Stooges. How easy it is to ridicule! How much harder to cherish the Garden State, one septic tank at a time.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 Michael C. // Jul 22, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    It would be nice if an attempt was made to describe the music...
  • 2 Alan Kurtz // Jan 30, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    Michael C., you make a valid point. In my reviews, I too often forget to discuss the music. In this instance, however, the "music"—if that's really what it is—lasts all of 44 seconds, and is quite simply indescribable. It must be heard to be disbelieved. So I decided instead to defend the unjustly sullied reputation of the Garden State. One septic tank at a time.