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Tue Mar 6, 2012, 11:04 AM

Interesting factoids from Frank Zappa, the idol of my youth


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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