Paul Green’s School of Rock obtains the approval stamp from the ZFT (sort of odd, since they had been sent a Cease & Desist letter previously.) We actually called a PR representative of “School of Rock” who confirmed to us that “matters have been settled” — upon which he couldn’t get off the phone with us fast enough. Hi Alex!
From Inkanish Records comes news of a compilation CD entitled “Pay The Indian”. All funds are to go to Jimmy Carl Black’s family. The album has contributions from Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, The Wrong Object, Zappatika and Ed Mann — among others.
Grammy Award aside, Peaches en Regalia is a fantastic song regardless of when it is performed and by whom. These videos show Zappa Play Zappa performing the song from their live DVD; FZ and his 1988 Best Band performing the song live in Stadthalle, Wien, Austria on May 8th; the original version from Baby Snakes VHS; and students from The Paul Green School of Rock performing the track at the Baby Grande, respectively.
The following three field recordings of Peaches reveal how FZ and his bands never performed the song exactly the same way from show to show (it’s excellent fun for a Zappa freak, like myself, to listen for the similarities and differences):
Palladium, NYC, 28 Dec 1976
Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, 4 Dec 1971
Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, 28 Feb 1978
It recently came to our attention that Napoleon Murphy Brock and the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars are currently scheduled to perform the music of Frank Zappa […] We understand that this tour is billed as “Napoleon Murphy Brock Performs ZAPPA with the Paul Green School of Rock All-stars”. Please be advised that none of you possess any license, permission or authority to publicly perform the songs of Frank Zappa.
Should you wonder where your precious Barfko Swill dollars are headed for, look no further: this is it.