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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:14 pm

just been a listenin to this after not hearing it in ages and thought for those that havent heard it, well....they should.
probably my fave guitar of any song...ever

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Post by bigneil on Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:37 pm

LOL, haven't heard it for ages.

thanks for sharing.
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Post by jeff fae scotland on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:21 pm

Yep still funny..
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Post by xbarnesx on Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:54 am

2 of my favourite artists together

nice shout

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Post by hobster on Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:46 pm

ZAPPA! There is a great version of that song on YCDTOSA, the best live CD set ever put out.
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Post by anaerobe on Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:46 pm


Here is one of my favourite clips (Muffin Man live in 1977) by FZ. How he transforms a really simple riff to something special is fun to watch. Part of it too is that he lets the security guard sing the chorus.


And, IMHO a close second to Willie - are the Gumbo Variations.... brilliant collection of stuff.

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Post by gittarasaurus on Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:58 am

muffin man was the closer for quite a few years. awesome jam!
and that 'security guard' is John Smothers, Zappa's long-time personal bodyguard.

also, that's the 'John' in the song Dong Work For Yuda;

"this is a story about bald-headed John,
(John's got a sausage, yeah man)..."

from wikipedia:
"In December 1971, there were two serious setbacks. While performing at Casino de Montreux in Switzerland, The Mothers' equipment was destroyed when a flare set off by an audience member started a fire that burned down the casino. Immortalized in Deep Purple's song "Smoke on the Water", the event and immediate aftermath can be heard on the bootleg album Swiss Cheese/Fire, released legally as part of Zappa's Beat the Boots II compilation. After a week's break, The Mothers played at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with rented gear. During the encore, an audience member pushed Zappa off the stage and into the concrete-floored orchestra pit. The band thought Zappa had been killed—he had suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year. Upon his return to the stage in September 1972, he was still wearing a leg brace, had a noticeable limp and could not stand for very long while on stage. Zappa noted that one leg healed "shorter than the other" (a reference later found in the lyrics of songs "Zomby Woof" and "Dancin' Fool"), resulting in chronic back pain"

when he resumed touring in the later 70's, Zappa always had John Smothers on stage with him. every time i ever saw Frank perform, Bald-headed John was right there with him.

john smothers interview
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