Echidna’s Arf (Of You): Piano Version

Have a little patience while the guy Ian Tanner wrestles his way through Village Of The Sun first, then… check it out:

Far from Not perfect, yet really impressive. I mean: would you have the balls to record yourself having a go at — of all FZ’s tunes — Echidna’s Arf (Of You), and then put it on YouTube for everyone to see?

48 Responses to “Echidna’s Arf (Of You): Piano Version”

  1. Sterbus says:

    Yes, I find it quite impressive and in the end is a very good job. Vocals are also clean and with the right timing! I liked Village, and even if Echidna’s arf is really hard it flows well, and I also like the piano rendition of the guitar solo at 4:15….

  2. Roland says:

    VERY impressive – I like it Barry. The perfect example of how alive FZ´s music is in the living-rooms of our world. This one made my day – thanks Barry.

    Wouldn´t this be a nice competition on KUR, private people play FZ´s music (PPPZ), no professionals please.

  3. Sterbus says:

    I do an acoustic version of Regyptian Strut, but I’ve never recorded it…

  4. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    [quote comment=”4871″]Wouldn’t this be a nice competition on KUR, private people play FZ´s music (PPPZ), no professionals please.[/quote]
    Sounds like a grand idea… does anyone else beside Sterbus (and Roland?) feel like playing along?

  5. Roland says:

    Oooops, I can only play “Louie Louie” on the ukulele and this isn´t even a real FZ tune. Plus, I hardly can´t sing and play at the same time, yet. But when it comes down to it, I would do my best! 😉

  6. Robert says:

    [quote comment=”4875″]Plus, I hardly can´t sing and play at the same time, yet. But when it comes down to it, I would do my best! ;-)[/quote]

    Lucky dude. I can *neither* sing *nor* play any FZ tune for anybody else than myself.

  7. Roland says:

    Robert, there´s nothing better than to sing “Uncle Remus” lying in hot water in the bathtub. I am a star in my bathroom! 😉

  8. Tim says:

    Nice job, guy. A+.

    He also gets bonus points for having the transcription book to Tarkus on his piano.

  9. Sterbus says:

    [quote comment=”4878″]Nice job, guy. A+.

    He also gets bonus points for having the transcription book to Tarkus on his piano.[/quote]

    True! Why not show the front cover? Do FZ fans hate ELP fans? (yes, they do 🙂 )

  10. Harry Barris says:

    That’s one funky, tubby, keyboard-thumping geek! Heavy rendition even on that crappy piano! Dweezil pick up the phone and make the call!

    (This reminds me how one time i was in a hotel lounge somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and the guy who’s paid to provide the “cocktail background music” starts playing the piano intro to Firth Of Fifth; i immediately ran over and complimented him–which made him keep playing more early Genesis–the management wasn’t pleased, and eventually the guy was fired.)

  11. Kevin Hoover says:

    I wanted it to keep going, into DYEWTT?, which I always think of as part of as an inseparable part of Echidna anyway.

    Frank would be proud.

  12. tombo says:

    I liked it. If there would be anything (just anything) I could do half as good as this guy plays the piano … well, cooking maybe … anyways. Nice video!

  13. Bálint says:

    [quote comment=”4871″]Wouldn´t this be a nice competition on KUR, private people play FZ´s music (PPPZ), no professionals please.[/quote]

    I’M IN!!! I have 2 stupid tries on guitar! 🙂

    On the other hand: I REALLY liked this one above!! Thanks for playing it – thanks for posting it!

  14. Hugh says:

    Ian’s version of Echidna is kick ass! I admire his abilities.
    Keep it up Mr. Tanner, you have found your audience

    [quote comment=”4877″]Robert, there´s nothing better than to sing “Uncle Remus” lying in hot water in the bathtub. I am a star in my bathroom! ;-)[/quote]

    And the acoustics are great in the bathroom. I recorded my first cover tune singing into the toilet. No shit. Just be careful with the video camera in the tub, Roland (if you chose this setting for your piece). 🙂

    [quote comment=”4871″]Wouldn´t this be a nice competition on KUR, private people play FZ´s music (PPPZ), no professionals please.[/quote]

    That sounds like fun. I might be tempted to make a fool of myself for the sake of (hopefully)entertaining you guys.

  15. Bálint says:

    Barry, you evil person, how can you say it’s “far from perfect”? Grrr! 😉
    Now listenning to it again I’ve enjoyed each and every minute. This is MUSIC: when someone LIKES and knows the music he plays. Thanks (anyway), Barry – thanks Ian! 🙂
    And a big YES again for PPPZ!

  16. Mike P says:

    Fucking awesome. This guy’s my new hero.

  17. urbangraffito says:

    Amazing. Enthusiastic.

    George Duke would be proud.

  18. C-H says:

    Brilliant – he really captures the groove and feel of the music, so the fact that the notes aren’t 100% fades into insignificance. Good singing voice too.

    I can sort of busk my way through Uncle Remus on the piano and some of the more power chord oriented numbers on guitar. I’ve been trying to play Zoot Allures but my fingers just aren’t long and flexible enough.

  19. Plooker says:

    Makes me want to throw my piano off a bridge, great video.

    My 8 year old sings a funny version of “Eddie are you Kidding” (our cats are named Flo and Eddie). He drags the poor cat around by the neck and sings it to him. Maybe I can talk him into it.

  20. svoytrfl says:

    Life is good, made my day!!!

    There is a dog, arf.

  21. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    [quote comment=”4874″][quote comment=”4871″]Wouldn’t this be a nice competition on KUR, private people play FZ´s music (PPPZ), no professionals please.[/quote]
    Sounds like a grand idea… does anyone else beside Sterbus (and Roland?) feel like playing along?[/quote]
    Barry, are you kidding?

    [quote comment=”4886″]Barry, you evil person, how can you say it’s “far from perfect”? Grrr! 😉
    Now listenning to it again I’ve enjoyed each and every minute. This is MUSIC: when someone LIKES and knows the music he plays. Thanks (anyway), Barry – thanks Ian! 🙂
    And a big YES again for PPPZ![/quote]
    My impression was that he did a better job on Echidna, than he did on Village (most likely due to the amount of practice to master the runs on Echidna, versus the relative simplicity of Village? The more complex parts of Village is where he erred).
    And I somehow took the [quote post=”1470″]Keep it up Mr. Tanner, you have found your audience[/quote] statement as a reference to the Harry Chapin tune “Mr. Tanner”, which makes a bizarre sense if you consider the alcohol intake at this time of night, but – otherwise – has little or no relevance to this post…
    (I’m dying to see how my quotes are going!)
    [quote comment=”4881″]Frank would be proud.[/quote]
    I think Frank would admire his balls.

  22. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    (Damn, I am so fucking close!)

  23. el effel says:

    always wanted to able to swish by a piano in a cafè, on a cloudy afternoon. sit down, and give a nice rendition of flambè for the punters.
    a true joy, it is where its at, hats off to the man in the cap for keeping it alive.

  24. Ian Tanner says:

    I can’t believe my half-assed (ok.. I used my whole ass!) version of this Zappa classic made it to the KillUglyRadio blog!!!

    I am so honoured!!

    Thanks for all the comments… even the one who called me “Tubby!”
    I would also have accepted PORTLY!!!

    Thanks again. It really is a thrill to see this get heard by the people who really CAN tell the difference between good noodling and just… noodles!

    Ian

  25. Hugh says:

    Sofa, those quotes get rather tight this late at night. I hear you!
    By now, you probably realize that “Mr. Tanner” is name of the guy in video posted above and not a Harry Chapin reference (didn’t he die in a VolksWagon?). Though, I bet off-topic Bernard could spin this post toward long-gone Harry.
    [quote comment=”4897″]always wanted to able to swish by a piano in a cafè, on a cloudy afternoon. sit down, and give a nice rendition of flambè for the punters.[/quote]
    el effel, I have had a very similiar day dream. Except in mine, I’m in my high school auditorium and playing in my underwear. Oh, wait . . . that’s my nightmare!

  26. Hugh says:

    Ian,
    (regardless of the comment above by sterbus)
    It would be great to hear your versions of the Tarkus album. If they exist? Let us know.

    Sterbus, please don’t hate me for liking ELP.:)

  27. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    [quote comment=”4898″]I can’t believe my half-assed (ok.. I used my whole ass!) version of this Zappa classic made it to the KillUglyRadio blog!!![/quote]
    Hey Ian, my pleasure! You know, I owe you an apology with my “far from perfect” comment in the post. Your playing is simply fantastic — Echidna’s Arf in particular, which I’ve been putting on replay throughout the day. We want more!! 🙂

  28. Roland says:

    Yeah Ian, give us another one – encore, encore ! 😉

  29. Plooker says:

    Encore, encore, yes! Or else max and eddie will be coming over shortly.

  30. Plooker says:

    And Hugh, anyone who quotes the Dr. is ok with me.

  31. Roland says:

    Hey Barry, nice turnaround to correct the KUR page according to “the guy” formerly known as Ian Tanner 😉

  32. Sterbus says:

    [quote comment=”4900″]Sterbus, please don’t hate me for liking ELP.:)[/quote] No probs, but NO tracks from Love Beach !!! 🙂

  33. the effervescing elephant says:

    i think it’s a splendid rendition of FZ work.
    and yes indeed, we want some more videos/ audio of people doing their best at some FZ classics.

    btw, i also like ELP (but i also like Motorhead (the band), black sabbath, old school punk, occasionally even death metal — does that make me a freak)

  34. Roland says:

    … how about ELO … ? 🙂

  35. Sharleena says:

    [quote comment=”4912″][quote comment=”4900″]Sterbus, please don’t hate me for liking ELP.:)[/quote] No probs, but NO tracks from Love Beach !!! :)[/quote]

    …but the cover is wonderful!!
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/14/ELP_Love_Beach_cover.jpg
    The pants! The sunset! The knotted blouse!! aaaaarrrrgh….

  36. Chuck says:

    To me that is keeping FZs music alive… the yelling along on the last quintuplets just kicks arse… as Larry Coryell once said something to effect of “Being able to experience the music through your own body”… great stuff… more more!!!

  37. Sterbus says:

    [quote comment=”4914″]… how about ELO … ? :-)[/quote]
    I love ELO !!! anyway I wondered what could have been if Hendrix really joined ELP.. i remember reading that they were cplanning to change their name in HELP… (really)

    But Zappa is the best.

  38. Ian Tanner says:

    You people are fabulous!!

    Thanks again.

    And no offence taken with the “far from perfect” reference. It really IS far from perfect. The ending isn’t really even close to being right. There was a guy on YouTube who sent me what I think is the correct way to play the brutal ending part. I still can’t play it right, but thanks to the joy the music brings, I’ll keep at it and get it closer to perfect eventually.

    And ELP Tarkus… my left hand technique has never been good enough to play Emerson’s stuff. That guy was a monster… albeit a somewhat tasteless monster in the sense of unnecessary wankage (IMHO), but it’s far beyond my playing level. There was one piece from the Tarkus album (forget the title, but it had an Ostinato in the left hand and was in the middle of the album) that I can pretty much play, but otherwise, that book was from my teen years trying to learn hard music for the first time.

    And Love Beach… yeah… pretty sad way to end your career eh?!
    Kind of like Giant For A Day by Gentle Giant.

    Thankfully… I can’t think of 1 Zappa album where he “phoned it in!”

    Thanks again Zappa friends. Your kind words and encouragement are very, very appreciated.
    Cheers!

  39. Sterbus says:

    [quote comment=”4918″]Thanks again Zappa friends. Your kind words and encouragement are very, very appreciated.
    Cheers![/quote]

    STOP WHINING NOW!
    ONE MORE SONG PLEASE 🙂

  40. Jake St. Vitus says:

    This guys brings the “eyebrows” – who needs ALL the right notes when you have the right attitude. Plus, that is way more right notes than I could hit. I am grinning with joy listening to this. Thanks Ian!

  41. Plooker says:

    Ian, funny you mention GG. I heard them for the first time this year, how could I have missed them! Kerry Minnear is quite the monster himself, talk about sweet knotted blouses. The 35th anniversary live version of experience on “In a Glass House” is right up there with FZ stuff (and funny too, in its own medieval way,especially Gary Greens elf boots). Whip out the clavinet dude! Thanks again for the video, it is inspiring.

  42. Kevin Hoover says:

    Now do DYEWTT? !

  43. Plooker says:

    Yeah, I want to see how he pulls off the drum solo!

  44. Hugh says:

    [quote comment=”4915″]…but the cover is wonderful!!
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/14/ELP_Love_Beach_cover.jpg
    The pants! The sunset! The knotted blouse!! aaaaarrrrgh….[/quote]
    Sharleena it is obvious that you need a holiday in the sun. Barry! Please get your wife & baby someplace sunny & warm, quick!

    [quote comment=”4912″]No probs, but NO tracks from Love Beach !!! :)[/quote]
    Agreed!

    [quote comment=”4907″]And Hugh, anyone who quotes the Dr. is ok with me.[/quote]
    Which Dr.?

  45. Plooker says:

    “Brain Salad Surgery”, Dr. John.

  46. Another Barry says:

    That was simply stunning!

  47. HotRats says:

    Nice performance Ian!
    Listen to a piano verision of a Zappa tune is not common and you’ve made it!

    respect.

  48. Klaviere says:

    thats an awsome article. thanks.

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