John Lurie is hard to define. From playing saxophone as the leader of the Lounge Lizards, to hanging out with Jean-Michel Basquiat, to starring in the Jim Jarmusch movies Down By Law and Stranger Than Paradise, Lurie has placed himself all over the cultural map. Including TV. In addition to being a cast member on HBO’s Oz and co-writing the theme to Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Lurie also created the short-lived and influential TV series Fishing With John.
My first introduction to John Lurie was through a guy named Chili Palmer. I’m not referring to an upright bass player, but rather the main character [...]