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Pictures Of You

These photos here were taken by our own very esteemed Magic Fingers on the Reading concert during 1975 (OMG!! WTF!!!8888 There he is…! Awesome!!!) :-) I’m very fond of this sort of pictures, and given the fact that the core of this website is the fans, and their experience as such, we could have a [...]

Lukewarm Poop From November 27th through November 29th

UbuWeb Sound – Edgard Varèse – “Les Mémorables d’Edgard Varèse (French radio broadcasts) “ – FZ discography – Back online. You can start breathing again now :-) The Hardest Habit to Break? : idly [dot] org – “Do you double-space after periods and question marks?” Here’s lookin’ at you, Magic Fingers ;-) YouTube – [...]

Hamburg ’76

This week’s Friday Boot, courtesy of Gilles, takes us back to Hamburg (again!), February 20, 1976 — exactly one month after a couple of Australian gigs which were later released by the ZFT as FZ:OZ (wiki). Check it out. Oh, and as an extra, I’m leaving Magic Fingers’ Hamburg ’88 offering online for another week.

Hamburg ’88

Someone mentioned that they were expecting a 1988 show last week, so who am I to disappoint? Pat Buzby reminds us that this show features nothing composed after 1976, and calls it “a blessing, though it feels bad in a sense to say it”. Well I don’t know about that, but any show that features [...]

Frankfurt ’82

The Venue: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany The Date: 11th June 1982 There is one main reason to love this show (plenty of other reasons, of course, but one main one); The Black Page. I was listening to it just last week and experienced one of those “Jeez, this is good” moments (I then realized that [...]

Frank Zappa Radio Spots

“It’s Halloween. Ding ding ding. Your doorbell rings. A chorus of small really weird voices yell “Trick or Treat”. Will you then turn the tables on your young visitors and offer them your own version of Trick or Treat? Will you give them teeth damaging cookies, candy and other sugary offerings – the trick – [...]

Zappa Plays Zappa: Fall Tour!

It’s that moment we’ve all been waiting for here in the Old Continent: ZPZ hits Europe today, playing at Shepherds Bush Empire, London this very evening. I know Magic Fingers is attending, so I’ll be interested to read his review. Next up: the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France… and Belgium! If you attend any of these [...]

Greetings From Ghent

The Magic Fingers Tribe came over for the weekend. The photographical evidence is overwhelming: … and then on Saturday evening along came my pal Franky. We played some of our greatest hits: Mrs Magic proved to be a fan: … and so did Dr Sharl: … and then — this is about 3 am — [...]

Cuyahoga Falls ’84

Good morning, and where’s the aspirin? We’re having Mr and Mrs Magic Fingers over for the weekend which, so far, has meant loads of fun — and Grimbergen. Anyway: on to this week’s Friday Boot which happens to be Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 12 August 1984. Yes, you read right: 1984. Enjoy…

Towson ’88

While I may be on hiatus, Gilles certainly isn’t. This week’s Friday Thursday Boot: Towson, 23 March, 1988. Oh, and as a bonus Sir Magic Fingers’ latest offering will remain online for another week. Enjoy…

Rotterdam ’84

Now why, I hear you ask, is that Magic Fingers deigning to give us a show from the ’84 tour this week? Particularly as this tour happens to reside somewhere near the bottom of his list of favourite tours. That’s not entirely accurate. This tour resides firmly at the bottom; indeed, many of the shows [...]

Vienna ’82

No special reason for presenting this show for your aural delight, apart from the wonderfully unusual opener in Strictly Genteel, and the fact that this is yet another great show from a truly great tour. That’s it folks.

Genoa ’82

Back in July 1982, Frank and the boys played a series of shows down in Italy that to my mind are as good a bunch of gigs as any you will find down the years. This week we feature the fourth of these shows, a dirty distorted evening in Genoa if ever I heard one. Yes, the sound [...]

Edinburgh ’77

Requests? REQUESTS? I suppose you’ll be telling me that we do requests next as well, Barry? Yes, well, once is too much as far as I’m concerned mumble mumble floodgates grumble hrrrrmph… ok, I’m heading back down to the dungeons… yes, I know, bread and gruel for a week… pah humbug… Seriously though folks… Pretty [...]

Copenhagen ’79

“This week I is being mostly arbitrary.” There is no historical reason why you should own this show: Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen, March 5th 1979. No premiers, no special guests, and pretty much the usual 1979 set list. So why offer you this show at all? One reason, and one reason only. That guy with the [...]