Peaches, Peaches, Peaches en Regalia!




Grammy Award aside, Peaches en Regalia is a fantastic song regardless of when it is performed and by whom. These videos show Zappa Play Zappa performing the song from their live DVD; FZ and his 1988 Best Band performing the song live in Stadthalle, Wien, Austria on May 8th; the original version from Baby Snakes VHS; and students from The Paul Green School of Rock performing the track at the Baby Grande, respectively.

The following three field recordings of Peaches reveal how FZ and his bands never performed the song exactly the same way from show to show (it’s excellent fun for a Zappa freak, like myself, to listen for the similarities and differences):

Palladium, NYC, 28 Dec 1976

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Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 4 Dec 1971

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Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, 28 Feb 1978

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65 Responses to “Peaches, Peaches, Peaches en Regalia!”

  1. Sharleena says:

    It warms my heart to see these kids playing such a complicated composition; far from perfect but far from shabby either.
    Kudos! Keep on truckin’!

  2. Harry Barris says:

    Judging from this clip of the ZpZ version (with Napoleon & Vai) they can’t even play it at the right tempo: too slooow!

    and Travers’ drum intro is painfully pathetic.

    (that’s enough FZ covers for me for awhile.)

  3. ken duvall says:

    All I can say is, thanks for posting these !

  4. Empire Hancock says:

    A quote from Harry Barris:

    Judging from this clip of the ZpZ version (with Napoleon & Vai) they can’t even play it at the right tempo: too slooow!

    The Hot Rats version wasn’t exactly speedy. ZPZ doesn’t play it any slower than that.

  5. Hugh says:

    That’s a lot o’ peaches! I’m stuffed.

    ‘Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 4 Dec 1971″
    This is a great version & the ill fated night of “Smoke on the Water”.

    I like how Tommy Mars gives the ’78 piece a ’71 feel with his Flo & Eddie like high vocals.

  6. amicus says:

    A quote from Harry Barris:

    Judging from this clip of the ZpZ version (with Napoleon & Vai) they can’t even play it at the right tempo: too slooow!

    and Travers’ drum intro is painfully pathetic.

    (that’s enough FZ covers for me for awhile.)

    Aww go fuck yourself. You wouldn’t know a good version from a bad version if your life depended on it. YOU are painfully pathetic. Fuckin’ complainer………

  7. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from amicus:

    A quote from Harry Barris:

    Judging from this clip of the ZpZ version (with Napoleon & Vai) they can’t even play it at the right tempo: too slooow!

    and Travers’ drum intro is painfully pathetic.

    (that’s enough FZ covers for me for awhile.)

    Aww go fuck yourself. You wouldn’t know a good version from a bad version if your life depended on it. YOU are painfully pathetic. Fuckin’ complainer………

    All right fellow KUR-miesters, somewhere in the above comment is an actual opinion:

    You wouldn’t know a good version from a bad version if your life depended on it.

    But amicus can’t seem to refrain himself from using such personal epithets as:

    Aww go fuck yourself

    or

    YOU are painfully pathetic. Fuckin’ complainer

    that no one hears his opinion in the first place.

    Okay, amicus, let me guess what your response is going to be…

  8. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from amicus:

    Aww go fuck yourself. You wouldn’t know a good version from a bad version if your life depended on it. YOU are painfully pathetic. Fuckin’ complainer………

    Aaaand with that said, amicus has been banned.

    Let me state this very clearly, once again: if anyone’s comments repeatedly contain nothing but insults and expletives aimed at other commenters, they are putting themselves on the first row for being banned.

    I will not tolerate the comment section of this blog to turn into another merry place where anyone gets to call anyone else names just for the hell of it. I will not hesitate to act accordingly.

  9. Paul Sempschi says:

    couldnt agree more, even cigarettes need filters. Censorship? Every thread has the right to self-preservation…

    I enjoyed the ’88 version for that rubbery melodic flavour, though the 76 was nice too.

  10. Roland says: