Multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, Frank Zappa died of prostrate cancer on this date in 1993. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention and solo, 1969 album ‘Hot Rats’, 1974 album ‘Apostrophe’, featuring ‘Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow’. His first band was The Blackouts, Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, ‘Freak Out’.
Cosmik Debris, Inca Roads, Pygmy Twylyte, Idiot Bastard, Son Of Cheepnis, Big Swifty, Dickie’s Such An Asshole, Father O’blivion, Son Of Mr Green Genes/King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge
From Rolling Stone:
Almost 30 years since the original release of Frank Zappa’s unrealized stage play Joe’s Garage, director Pat Towne has brought the Rolling Stone-dubbed “unproducible” musical to Hollywood’s Open Fist Theatre. Joe’s Garage imagines a world where music is banned — the plot follows its protagonist as he discovers the obscene powers of rock & roll, the lazy appeal of religion and the benefits of a nice yellow apron when having sex with a robot (Joe dons that ass-less costume for the bulk of the show).
The show debuted Friday during the first presidential debate, and the irony wasn’t lost on Zappa’s widow, Gail, who says the current political climate was no small factor in finally bringing the show to life. “[Joe’s Garage] is made for people who love this country and love the Constitution,” she told Rolling Stone after the premiere, which she attended with a crew that included daughter Diva. “It’s just so relevant… these are desperate times and people are trying to convince themselves that information is knowledge, and it’s not.” Continue Reading…
Don Van Vliet or Captain Beefheart has always been a bit of an eccentric, kind of like how Donald Trump is a little arrogant. It seems that Don grew up with his parents thinking he was a child prodigy as an artist and sculptor. Apparently they thought very highly of his talents and didn’t require him to attend school and would allow him to boss them around from the comfort of his bedroom while he contemplated his next artistic endeavour. Somewhere in this timeframe he befriended Frank Zappa and the two of them would listen to blues and doo-wop music on Don’s turntable. Frank gave Don the nickname “Captain Beefheart”, many theories exist exploring his name, one being that he had a beef in his heart against society. Beefheart released his critically acclaimed masterpiece, “Trout Mask Replica” in 1969.
The following song is off of Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) in 1978. The video is just some random weirdness, but you can catch Captain in appearances throughout the video. These images of him from the only video he ever made, Ice Cream For Crow, which was deemed “too weird” for MTV.
And here he is with David Letterman in 1982:
TWO MEETINGS OF THE AGES. BOTH INCLUDE JERRY.
First of here’s an audience recording of the night that the Jerry Garcia Band opened for Frank Zappa. This historic pairing happened on August 18, 1984.
Cats Under The Stars, Get Out Of My Life Woman, I’ll Take A Melody, Run For The Roses, Gomorrah, Midnight Moonlight, E: Deal
Jerry Garcia Band: Jerry Garcia, DeeDee Dickerson, John Kahn, David Kemper, Jaclyn LaBranch, Melvin Seals.
Zoot Allures, More Trouble Every Day, Penguin In Bondage, Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel, City Of Tiny Lights, You Are What You Is, Mudd Club, The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, Dumb All Over, He’s So Gay, Bobby Brown, Keep It Greasey, Honey Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?, Carol You Fool, Chana In De Bushwop, Let’s Move To Cleveland, Cosmik Debris, Sharleena, Ride My Face To Chicago, The Illinois Enema Bandit
A big thank you goes out to LeadCowBellist on PT for these shows.
Secondly, or thirdly, whatever, did you know that Jerry Garcia and Frank Sinatra once met? According to Steve Parrish’s book “Home Before Daylight”, he discusses this meeting of the ages. Apparently it was very late one night at a heliport in New York City, late 1988. Sinatra was alone at the terminal and on his way to Atlantic City and Jerry was on a Garcia Band tour. While obviously not a Dead Head, Frank was aware of Jerry and his contributions to popular music and Jerry of course had a deep appreciation and respect for Sinatra’s voice. They exchanged pleasantries and discussed music theory. When walking away, Jerry said, “That voice…. Just AMAZING.”
Classic clip of Zappa interview with Dave. Taken from 1984.
Over-Nite Sensation & Apostrophe examined. Here Ruth Underwood & Dweezil Zappa perform St. Alphonso’s Pancake Breakfast. Interspersed with interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Terry Bozio & Frank Zappa amongst others. Dynamo Hum included here too.