Like him, hate him, despise him, abhor him – the one thing you cannot do with Ben Watson is ignore him. No matter what your position is when it comes to Frank Zappa – Ben Watson’s thought provoking, sometimes shocking, sometimes scurrilous perspectives are always bound to generate volatile responses among Zappa fans, especially hardcore Zappa fans (are there really any other kind? Ever heard of a casual Zappa fan?).
Frank Zappa must have rolled over in his grave when Tipper Gore drummed on daughter Diva’s “When the ball drops”. During the eighties he fought an anti-censorship battle against Gore. But that wasn’t the only thing he was known for of course. He was also a prolific musician who dabbled in every genre. From jazz to doo wop, he tried it all and with success. Kindamuzik wanted to focus on this musician who was a schoolfriend of Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart). Who better to talk about Zappa than Wire contributor and Zappa connaisseur Ben Watson?
Following that, treat yourself to a video of “King Kong” from A Concert For Jimmy – a benefit concert held on November 9th, 2008, to raise funds for the family of original Mother and Grandmother, Jimmy Carl Black (who passed away on October 31st, 2008) featuring: Ben Watson, The Thurston Lava Tube, The Muffin Men, Fraz Knapp, That Legendary Wooden Lion at BRIDGEHOUSE II, Bidder Street, Canning Town, London, United Kingdom:
Note: As always, follow the various links in this post to a lot of interesting Zappa covers, and other interviews.