Ivo Niehe Meets Frank Zappa (’91)

Ivo Niehe met with FZ back in ’91 for his TV-show which, in veritable Dutch-like “why-be-humble” tradition, was entitled “The TV Show”. Credit to Balint’s zappa.hu for fishing this one out of the YouTube pond! Enjoy the next fifteen minutes of your life:

Part two:

25 Responses to “Ivo Niehe Meets Frank Zappa (’91)”

  1. Plooker says:

    I love jerking off!

  2. jane23 says:

    i love zappa!

  3. Jeroen says:

    Mr. Niehe is a horrible creature. He reads about his victims and carefully plans which anecdotes he wants them to tell. If they somehow fail to say exactly what he wanted them to say, he’ll switch to voice over to tell it to the audience himself. He is NOT curious and therefore NOT a good journalist.

    This episode was the first time in years that I watched The TV Show, and I can’t say I could change my mind after watching this (although even mr. Niehe couldn’t spoil FZ’s brilliant ending statement).

  4. Clark Gwent says:

    No! Don’t smoke dat fag Frankie!

  5. Balint says:

    … and I’ve also found it on unitedmutations.com. 🙂
    Check out the very last seconds of the second part:

    “What do you do Mr.Zappa?”
    **Zappa hits a note on his keyboard**
    “Thank you, Mr Zappa”


  6. luc / Belgium says:

    For a long time i was looking for this footage. I remember seeing it live, but the only time i saw it, was back then. THANX…

  7. Alex says:

    One of the first interviews of him I’ve seen where it doesn’t overlap with some other TV appearance (Joan Rivers, Arsenio…)

    He actually seems to enjoy talking about what he’s being asked.

  8. urbangraffito says:

    I am constantly amazed at Zappa’s depth and breadth of intelligence (especially since he confesses not to read books and gets his information first hand from talking to people). There is certainly a glimpse there of this man’s mind, how it works, a genius which transcends just music. For instance, the thought that “winos don’t march” and beer drinking in the U.S. “leads to pseudo military behavior” is a brilliant observation. Or that politician’s are all “banal, stupid, greedy little incompetents.” Or that the solution to most problems in America over the last 50 years or so has been to just go home and jerk off, is also brilliant: just look at the state of that nation, and the world (there has, indeed, been a lot of jerking off going on, and obviously, according to Plooker, people prefer it over thinking for themselves). Frank said that jerking off wouldn’t be interesting enough for a TV series: too bad he didn’t live long enough for the advent of reality television (now that’s jerking off!).

  9. Hans says:

    Ivo Niehe is a toad. Good for him that Frank was always kind to animals.

  10. mike says:

    One can only imagine what Frank would have said about European societies if he had grown up there. Surely the level of absurdity there rivals and even tops that of the Americans on occasions. Of course an individual such as Frank never could have grown up in modern day Europe, it took the unique aspects of southern California and American culture together with his first generation immigrant status to mold him…

  11. Jake St. Vitus says:

    Somewhat off topic – but a great way to get another classic You Tube moment into this thread. Mr Trent Reznor, American wunderkind of industrial music, singing “Broken Hearts Are For Assholes” in order to get all worked up and ready to wow his crowd. It actually brings a tear of joy to my eye:


  12. ouch says:

    A quote from Jake St. Vitus:

    “Broken Hearts Are For Assholes”

  13. Propellerkuh says: