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Label Watch: Luaka Bop and John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards

John Lurie

“I have no interest in running a record company. That’s the last thing I want to do,” moans John Lurie, cult movie star, fashion plate, saxophonist and founder of the Lounge Lizards. “I just wanted to get my own stuff out, you know?”

Granted, the Lounge Lizards’ music is neither radio-friendly nor easy to categorize, which Lurie believes has rendered the band as an outcast in today’s tight-fisted industry. Yet, this hip, genre-hopping band of downtown renegade jazzbos has built up a healthy fan base over the past two decades, both Stateside and abroad. So Lurie has established Strange & Beautiful Music to service the outre needs of those fans.

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