Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Two Hours To Midnight


The photo above is from Society Pages No. 4, the pre-Interwebtubes periodical for the Zappa community by Rob Samler and Den Simms. It was taken by Larry Hulst. Those guys put a lot of work into that mag. That edition even had a letter to the editor from Mike Keneally!

The last song on this week's The South Side, preceding Zappa's Grubby Chamber, will be Johnny Guitar Watson's "Three Hours Past Midnight." (Thanks, Chas. With that kind of lead-in, I better continue the continuity!)

Frank really liked that song. No, he really liked it. You can fully hear Johnny's influence in Frank's guitar playing – the attack, articulation and other things that I, a non-guitar player, am surely not even aware of.

As I was writing that last bit, my friend Jay Davis sent me a link to a new (to me) streaming Zappa channel called Zappateers, and danged if they weren't playing just the kind of thing I was getting at – a 1979 bootleg of "Five-Five-FIVE" being played live in Manchester, UK., and another 1979 live version of "Treacherous Cretins," with extra-special Vinnie Colaiuta awesomeness, full-blown. Wow, this station is great – what an aroma!

So for the Oct. 19 Zappa's Grubby Chamber from 10 p.m. to midnight, let's follow Frank's guitaristics from his early, Johnny "Guitar" Watson-oriented underpinnings to his latter days as a full-on shredder. I don't intend for this to be another guitar show (which we've done before and will do again), but more about the rock. The rock and roll.

Update: Kill Ugly Radio has a post discussing Frank's rockitude. This could be grist for the show as well.

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