Archive for March, 2006

He Is An Ex-Chapman

If this service is really for me, just for starters, I want you to be the first person ever at a British memorial service to say ‘fuck’! .

I’ve just found Graham Chapman’s eulogy, delivered by John Cleese (1989). With a tiny bit of video of it.

Smurfian Communism

The Theory of Smurfian Communism. I’m speechless.
(Found while googling The Outcast Smurf)

Duke Download

George Duke‘s 1975 album “I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry” is available for download in its entirety over at Soundsational.

George recorded this album during the time he was playing with Zappa’s Mothers and several of the Mothers are on this album like Bruce & Tom Fowler and Ruth Underwood.

Ban It, Burn It, Play It

Ha, brilliant: 10 banned albums, burned and then played.

NYC, October 31 ’76

Another Big One, another Halloween but from one year later: Felt Forum, NYC, 31 october 1976.

Zappa Recitations

In a thread entitled “I, for one, care less for them”, a member of a certain Zappa List I subscribe to, said:

Mrs. P requests that I recite part of the Muffin Man intro periodically. I’ve promised to learn the entire intro, so this has served as a timely reminder. Does anyone else have Zappa recitations they regularly do?

Hilarity, as they say, ensued and this one in particular had me R, as they say, OTFL:

The Groupie Routine, with car name and accoutrement changed according to my location. Also, “Get the toilet paper, you know we’ll need it!” at various appropriate points.

How’s about you guys ‘n gals? Happily alienating the odd co-worker slash Better Half with Thing-Fish speak and other Zappaisms? As for me, I tend to take great satisfaction in reciting the “Do you like monster movies? I simply adore monster movies and the cheaper they are, the better they are – Cheepnis” monologue. Then again, I have a rather alarming Autism Quotient

A.Q.

This test which measures the extent of autistic traits in adults tells me my AQ is 23 whereas the average is 16.4. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to take the test again. :)

Zappa Spruch Des Tages

Zappa Tagebuch discusses one Zappa-phrase a day. In German.

Zappathon ’06: A Call To Arms By SOFA

This just in from our dear pal SOFA. Read carefully!

Greetings One & All!
April is right around the corner and we all know what that means:
(Yeah, it means a shitload of things to a lot of different people, but for our purposes it means)
The Annual “Zappathon” is coming up soon! (April 23rd, to be precise.)
That’s right, you heard right, the 12 hour extravaganza that dares to be Zappa will mangle the air waves in a little less than a month.

(Bring the Band down behind me, Boys.)

For those that have tuned-in in the past, you know that there’s bound to be a ton of tasty FZ to enjoy, much of it rare or difficult to acquire – making the Zappathon a “must listen” in the FZ community. Yup. Uncle Frank gets the radio play he sorely lacked during his all-too-brief lifetime – 12 freakin’ hours worth!

But this is more than just an announcement regarding the program, this is also a “call to arms” (or mouths, if you prefer).
Once again, “Mr. Edison” – the Zappathon’s guiding light (Zappa-List member Bill Amutis) – and Company have asked if I would like to be a “voice” for the FZ Community on the program. I’ve agreed…

But with so many “voices” out there, I couldn’t help wonder “Why Me?” So I concocted this Evil Plan:
Since the Zappathon is truly a global event, as is the FZ Community, why not incorporate some ‘other voices’ into the program?
The Powers at WUSB have deemed this “a BRILLIANT idea” (go figure).

So this is your chance to “share the air” with the likes of Greg Russo, Nigey Lennon, David Walley, Charles Ulrich, Candy Zappa – to name just a few past Zappa luminaries that have appeared; your chance to pay personal homage to the man that brought most of us together; your chance to “plug” your fan club, FZ Tribute Band, FZ website, make a statement or that ‘long distance dedication’ you’ve been dying to make.

“Gee, SOFA, how can I lend MY voice to this year’s Zappathon?”

Glad you asked…
Here’s the deal: the Zappathon is a radio show and – as such – it has certain ‘rules’ it needs to abide, announcing its call letters (WUSB) for one. The show is also part of the annual Fund Drive to keep the station in operation, so there NEEDS to be requests for support.
We (in the FZ global community) can help out by providing these “station breaks”.
For example: “Hi, this is Poodle from theBIGnote and you’re listening to Zappathon 2006 from WUSB Stoneybrook”; or “This is ‘Barry’ from ‘Kill Ugly Radio’ in Belgium. We’re all doing our part to Kill Ugly Radio and no one does more than the hard workin’ folks down at WUSB Stoneybrook… If ya think about it, that’s kinda beautiful. And while you’re thinkin’ about it, why not throw a coupla bucks their way?”; or “This is Bart from Poland and I want to dedicate “Strictly Genteel” to my pal Dimi in Croatia.”

Get the Picture? The possibilities are indeed endless…
All you need to do is simply record your audio message, and email it to me. I will collate all of the submissions, burn them to disk, and send it on to the team at WUSB.
Don’t know what to say? Email me. Want to Freak Out in the Suburbs? Go for it!
(WUSB is a Public Radio operation that can “push the envelope” of “acceptable” radio play; however, the staff retains the right to edit or omit anything patently obscene or profane. We want to Kill Ugly Radio, not WUSB.)

Kinda like registering to vote, this is your chance to let your voice be heard!
Let the taping begin…

Warm Regards,
SOFA

Do Not Look At My Tits

Mixed messages bra, which is hard not to look at…

Green Day at Music for America’s Icon Awards

The event was emceed by Moon Zappa, who approached the stage while Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” was playing and proceeded to get down in an embarrassing-mom kind of way. We laughed at her rather than with her, but her lack of pretense was endearing.

Gail Zappa was there, too.

One Of The Lads

Norah Vincent spent 18 months disguised as a man, mingling with the opposite sex. And then wrote a book about it. A funny read, I’m sure:

One night Jim was talking about his plans for a ski trip. He wanted to find a location that had good skiing, but he also wanted some lively nightlife. “I’d like to find a place that has a good titty bar,” he said. Bob chimed in, “Yeah. Count me in on that. I’m definitely up for that.”

Addressing Wiki Spam

Zappa Wiki Jawaka has been getting an increasing amount of spam to deal with. Although I’m not very active on the wiki right now (shame on me), I am however subscribed to the Recent Changes RSS feed and have witnessed one after the other clean up from editors after yet another spamming idiot had wreaked havoc on a page. To (hopefully) put an end to this, I’ve installed MediaWiki’s SpamBlacklist extension. We’ll see if it helps…

Bit Of Nostalgia

Lovely bit of nostalgia: pictures of the ’57 and ’58 Antelope High yearbooks, and some background information:

Many of us girls were forbidden by our parents to attend the “wild” Blackouts dances, but of course we went anyway. The dances were great fun – the lights were low, the r&b music loud, rhythmic, & wonderful, the dancing nonstop, and no chaperones! The local police always cruised by Frank Zappa’s dances. After all, he was the town Bad Boy. Our own James Dean.

F*ck

Fuck, the Movie that dare not speak its name.