Interview of the Century, 1989

On the evening of December 22, 1989, Den Simms, Eric Buxton, and Rob Samler conducted a four and a half hour interview with Frank Zappa in the comfortable basement listening room of his home in the hills of Los Angeles. In the edited YouTube selection above, and the those that follow, Zappa answers give unique insight into various aspects of the ’88 Band, sources of secret words on tour, and other aspects of Zappa mythology such as “did FZ actually perform with Pink Floyd at the Amougies Festival in Belgium in October 1969?”




For text transcript of full interview click here.

10 Responses to “Interview of the Century, 1989”

  1. Birdman! says:

    Great interview — thanks! So what’s the signal for “Weather Report”? I couldn’t see it on the audio recording.

  2. Plooker says:

    Funny Birdman, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe the syringe in the arm?

  3. Disciple of "Bob" says:

    According to Chad Wackerman in the drummer’s roundtable from a while back (google “Zappa drummers roundtable”), the signal for “Weather Report” is a sprinkle-type gesture made over the head.

  4. Another Barry says:

    Fantastic interview! Does anyone happen to remember which show the secret word was “Ring of Fire”? I think I have it stashed around here somewhere…

  5. exile says:

    The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1988)

  6. Birdman! says:

    1988 04 22 – Carl-Diem-Halle, Würzburg, Germany, courtesy of FZShows.

    Whatever happened to all the fun in the world at “We’re Only in it for the Touring”? It’s been gone a while, but garsh darn it, I miss it. Or has it merely moved?

  7. jonnybutter says:

    The funniest – and weirdest – thing about this interview is Frank denying that he wrote ‘ Falling In Love Is a Stupid Habit’. I meant, ‘I’m gonna/Ram it/Ram it/Ram it/Ram it up your poop shoot’ is fine, but ‘Doggoneit, Dagnabbit’..no!

    It’s so obviously Frank on that tape, and it’s so obviously a Zappa-esque lyric…weird.

  8. Theydon Bois says:

    We’re Only In It For The Touring is now here:
    http://www.members.shaw.ca/fz-pomd/turtlestew/index.htm

  9. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Theydon Bois:

    We’re Only In It For The Touring is now here:
    http://www.members.shaw.ca/fz-pomd/turtlestew/index.htm

    As always, great page, great resource, plum full of great opinions (never encountered a Zappa freak who wasn’t…)

  10. Another Barry says:

    A quote from Birdman!:

    1988 04 22 – Carl-Diem-Halle, Würzburg, Germany, courtesy of FZShows.

    Whatever happened to all the fun in the world at “We’re Only in it for the Touring”? It’s been gone a while, but garsh darn it, I miss it. Or has it merely moved?

    Danke, Birdman!

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