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Tue Mar 6, 2012, 11:04 AM

Interesting factoids from Frank Zappa, the idol of my youth

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Here's the money shot, to spare you all from completely wasting nine minutes of your lives on something you may not be interested in.

At about 8:45 in, Zappa is talking about his relationship with Vaclav Havel and the government of Czechoslovakia ".......I thought that it was unfortunate that a person such as President Havel should have to bear the company of somebody as stupid as Dan Quayle for even a few moments of his life."

I suggest starting at maybe 7:00 to get some context for the above. And I won't reveal the punch line until later, as this contains a lot of high level Washington insider intrigue of that era that Zappa got sucked into.

Lastly, at about 2:20 they show a snippet of Zoot Allures, as performed in "New York". It is actually from a performance I attended at Jones Beach, one of the more memorable Zappa shows I was fortunate to attend.

Used to see him at least once a year, back in the seventies, when he could fill up the hockey rinks. I was also fortunate enough to see him fill a hockey rink perhaps one last time at the Nassau Coliseum on his 1988 Tour.
Long Island is Zappa Country!

-90% Jimmy

An additional Zappa irony for the A&E piece is that Peter Graves, the host, used to do B movies in the fifties. Zappa has a song from Roxy and Elsewhere called Cheepnis, about the hack production often seen in 50's movies. He describes a scene about the cheesy monster from "It Conquered the World", which included Peter Graves in the cast.

Talk about Conceptual Continuity!

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Tue Mar 6, 2012, 11:33 AM

1. James Baker III :"You can either do business w/the United States or with Zappa."

I'll take Zappa, hold the cheese.

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