william s. burroughs is posthumously dropping a psychedelic spoken word album

The Beat legend's wild "Naked Lunch" recordings are about to become the most wild release of summer.

by Hannah Ongley
24 May 2016, 8:10pm


It's practically illegal to write about surprise album announcements post-2014 without mentioning Beyoncé, but this unexpected release is honestly one without any precedent whatsoever. William S. Burroughs — the Beat Gen provocateur who passed away in 1997 at the impressive age of 83 — is posthumously releasing a few shocking readings of his drugged up, non-linear 1959 novel Naked Lunch as a psychedelic spoken word album titled Let Me Hang You, reports the New York Times. It's a project Burroughs began near the end of his life, originally intending to pair them will experimental music from guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, pianist Wayne Horvitz, and the violist Eyvind Kang. Though he ended up abandoning the project shortly after starting it, ostensibly aware that the 50s were not prepared for such a collection. 

Burroughs' longtime friend and editor James Grauerholz will be producing the album's 2016 incarnation, while doo-wop/punk artist King Khan will be releasing it through his new label Khannibalism. Safe to say Let Me Hang You will hardly be your go-to source of blissed-out poolside jams. The confrontational recordings consist of Naked Lunch's most "unspeakable" portions, with themes ranging from drugs to defecation. The novel "is really heavy and perverse at a time when society needs to be reminded that you can explore these nether regions of life and bring back something really beautiful," Khan said. Plus, "It's hilarious." The new slew of musical contributors include rollicking Aussie five-piece The Frowning Clouds and the composer M. Lamar. 

Let Me Hang You is out July 15 in vinyl, CD, and digital format. The album can be pre-ordered via Khannibalism now. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Image via bandcamp

Naked Lunch
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let me hang you