Archive for July, 2006

Grunt People Revisited

Rare Captain Beefheart vs The Grunt People movie poster discovered! Read all about it!

cpt beefheart vs the grunt people poster

Who’s On First

This one’s for Dr Sharleena!

Passaic ’72

This week, Gilles presents you with a delightful Petit Wazoo show: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 31 october 1972. Available as always until next Friday.


I’ll be keeping an eye on this one: BlunderPop:

This blog is dedicated to the horror or real-life Spinal Tap that a music festival can become. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an artist, an organiser, a volunteer or a visitor. Sometimes, it just goes terribly wrong…

… reminds me of that time when, as part of the late great (?) rocking combo Moonbug, I mounted the stage in some club, all pumped up on adrenaline, whereupon I not only hit the set’s opening chord but broke three strings of my Telecaster simultaneously — filling the place with some of the most squealing feedback I’ve ever heard. Those were the days!

Ricky Gervais Explains The Bible

Tide Turning

Yes it’s a cheap shot, and yes, it’s too funny: the George Bush Quotes Library. Couple of gems:

  • Rarely is the question asked, ‘Is our children learning’?
  • You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you’re gone.
  • I think — tide turning — see, as I remember — I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of — it’s easy to see a tide turn — did I say those words?

Hörrrski Börrr!

Who doesn’t love the Muppets’ Swedish Chef?


Using a Nelson Riddle orchestral arrangement of “You Make Me Feel So Young” […], Wolpert had a professional singer perform the melody. Then she used a digital multi-effect processor to create two bitonal versions of the accompaniment: one a full musical step higher (G when the singer was in F), and the other a step lower (E-flat). She then played the “music” for 40 nonmusicians and 10 professional musicians.

You can see where this is going, right? (via)

She’s Five Years Old

Forgot all about this here blog’s 5th anniversary which was last July 12. No sparkling collage from Dr Sharl this time, I’m afraid. Beer anyone? :)

Another Very Important List

The Guardian: 50 albums that changed music. I was reading down this suppressing a yawn when suddenly:

19 Mary J Blige
Without this … no R&B/soul divide, which means no TLC, Beyonce, or Ashanti, to name just three.

Um… so what? Damn you Mary J Blige! And then:

26 Stevie Wonder
Without this … no Alicia Keys, no John Legend – contemporary R&B would be empty and lifeless.

“empty and lifeless” — sounds right about where contemporary R&B is at these days, correct me if I’m wrong.

Meh. I’m off to watch some tribute bands videos.


Frank Zappa, around ’65 ’66. This is a drawing I made of FZ featuring Roy Estrada, Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black and the other usual suspects.

Seattle ’81 (2)

Apologies for the minor delay in putting up this week’s Friday Boot but today is, after all, Belgium‘s national holiday! Not that this brings me in a festive mood or anything, it’s just one of those days where I can get out of bed late. :)

Hungry Freaks, Daddy!

Time for some tasty surrealism. Watch all three parts of Jan Svankmajer’s stop-motion film Food on YouTube:

(Via WFMU where QT-versions of the clips are available)

Wake Up Call

Was FZ right when in ’86 he predicted that “we are moving toward a fascist theocracy”? Wake up and smell the fascism. (via svn)

Cosmik Wiki Jawaka

Service announcement for those slaving over at Zappa Wiki Jawaka: I have it from a trusted source that the wiki’s url will be listed at the beginning of the next revision of Greg Russo’s book Cosmik Debris, which is due for release pretty soon. Youse be gettin’ famous — keep on slavin’! ;)