Friday, December 17, 2010


What day is this? Friday...the 17th of December? Zappadan began on a Saturday... Let's see, by my astrological divinations and lunar calculations, that means, oh my frickin lord, cheezopeeza!


Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Microdot,
I wanted to pass on that Captain Beefheart passed away today at the age of 69. For the other readers of this blog and do not know, Captain Beefheart began experimenting with eccentric rock'n roll sounds in the mid-1960s. His first two releases with the Magic Band drew positive notice from some connoisseurs but failed to connect with the wider public. (Much like Frank Zappa too) In fact, Van Vliet forged a close creative partnership with Frank Zappa, a former high school classmate, who signed Beefheart to his Straight Records and produced the 1969′s Trout Mask Replica. While the bizarre double album was not a major commercial success, it quickly became a cultural landmark.

Now as far as your good choice of Suzee Creemcheese, she's only 14 and already knows how to NASTY NASTY NASTY!!!

darkblack said...

I hear she gets loaded


J said...

Trout Mask Replica's a classic, but Zappa's production not the greatest (and DVV felt the same, reportedly).

The later CB/Magic Band such as Shiny Beast and Doc ATRS preferable in ways--tight band--Fowler Bros--great recording, wild lyrics.

ain't it a pitay/Takin' a putt up to Carson Cit-ay

Owed t' Alex...etc


microdot said...

Thanks fer the post, Mr. J....
I always thought that Lick My Decals Off was the recording from that period. It still is one of my top 10 greatest records of all time.
Zappa at that time, as a producer was more of a presenter of freak acts and somehow, briliiant as it was, Trout Mask Replica falls into the same filing system as Wild Man Fischer or the GTO's....
But at the time, what Zappa was doing and what he did for BeefHeart can't be faulted.
He was busy being his own freak show with Uncle Meat!

microdot said...

Thanks, Mr. Engineer...your post was the first I opened this morning here on the other side of the ocean that informed me of Van Vliets disappearance.

J said...

Actually agree Decals may have superior musick--ah linked to that darkened desert chant "Bellerin' Plain" a while back-- isn't Peon on thar too? Intense number. TMR as you aver was sort of one of Zappa's freak-shows, though some of the playing quite good--Rockette's bass at least and some of the gtar. FZ doesn't mic the drums
right or somethin. Drumbo was (izz) a pretty decent stixman but...well via FZ sounds garage band-ish.

With like Shiny Beast nice klear recording plus tasty brass from a Fowlers and gtar from Lucas n the other freak, tho a bit mo sax would have been nice. Doc had a pretty decent free jazz sound on soprano but sorta gave up on it.