Post by seasaltcaramel on Sept 19, 2014 15:27:13 GMT -5
Frank Zappa on John & Yoko (Interview with Electric Tongue, whatever that is...)
Zappa is in New York asleep at 1 P.M. The Mothers have a gig at the Fillmore East later that night. He wakes up to the sound of someone knocking at his door. When he answers Howard [Hughes, Stern, Clint, perhaps Ron, but actually Kaylan, who along with Mark Volman, left the Turtles to join Zappa] is on the other side with a tape recorder and Howard says, "Hey! I brought along two friends!" John & Yoko.
So Zappa, being a gentlemen, invited the group inside and they talk about a variety of important, VITAL, topics. At the end Zappa, being a gentlemen, asks if they (John & Yoko) would like to sit in. John says he is not sure he would like this, but, Yoko is game.
Zappa: "Well... Ah, Okay, Yoko. Come down early to the dressing room, and, ah, we will think of something that will, ah, musically relate..."
Fast forward 7 or 8 hours. This was, by happenstance, the same night the Mothers were recording their "Live at the FIllmore East" album, when the Mothers were on the verge of death. Anyway, Zappa and John agreed to mix the collaboration and work out the contract bullshit together. Zappa sent John the 16 track master tapes for this reason, but, after a year, nothing came of it.
Until words came that John brought those 16 track tapes to Phil Spector who added the tape delay, editied out Mark and Howard's voices, and, curiously, added applause where there was no applause. The original title for the section was "Scumbag", but that segues into "King Kong" which is a composed piece, instantly recognizable to a fan of the Mothers.
Sometime In New York doesn't list Zappa as a contributor, nor is he given a writing credit. Zappa was rather bitter about this, but he would also play Lennon songs later in his career, so it wasn't an apocalyptic situation. (He alters the lyrics : )
Frank Zappa - Beatles Medley (Helsinki, Finland 1988)
Norwegian Wood Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Strawberry Fields Forever
"its usually around the time i imagine the drummer as a tibetan fire demon that the trouble begins"