The Whip It Out Ensemble is a Frank Zappa tribute band located in Alberta, Canada. In the clip (above) they perform a medley of songs from The Mothers of Invention album ‘We’re Only In It For The Money‘ including “Lonely Little Girl“, “Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance“, and “What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body?”
The Whip It Out Ensemble emerged from the auspices of the Shiny Beast jazz~theatre collective as a result of Michael Green’s placement of a newspaper ad inviting one and all to ‘The First Annual Meeting of the Frank Zappa Appreciation Society’ at the Auburn Saloon on September 16, 2001.
Once assembled, Michael informed the surprisingly large turnout of his long-standing ambition to stage a tribute to his boyhood idol Frank Zappa and invited anyone with the necessary combination of talent and desire to sign on. After much discussion and a couple more meetings of the FZAS the decision was made to perform the classic Mothers of Invention album ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’ in its entirety.
The cream of Calgary’s musical and theatrical talent convened under the moniker ‘The Whip It Out Ensemble’ and rehearsals began in earnest in late August 2002 under Michael’s direction. The first performances were unleashed on an enthusiastic public in September 2002 and a second set of Zappa compositions was added to the repertoire in December 2003.
The Whip It Out Ensemble is known most for their various appearances at Alberta Jazz Festivals, and their appearance on Cordelia Records’ ‘The Idiot Bastard Son – 20 Extraordinary Renditions’.
Whip It Out Ensemble (for the above video):
Vocals – Andy Curtis, Onalea Gilbertson, Ty Semaka and David van Belle
Musicians – Dan Meichel (saxophone), Dave Foley (trumpet), Brent van Dusen (marimba & percussion) and Peter Moller (drums & percussion)
Freaks – Michael Green (baton & whispers), Anita Miotti (freak-out chick), Katie Sanders (freak-out chick)