There's no other way to describe the state of the relationship 'twixt the Zappa Family Trust and the peeps right now. It's really depressing.
I say we need an immediate transfusion of Frank energy – and fast!
That's why this week's Zappa's Grubby Chamber will continue the blasphemous tirade undertaken last week, wherein we deploy yet more budget homage to Frank in the form of tunes off Where's My Waitress?, a brilliant disc created by our South Dakota correspondent and new best friend, Russ Stedman. (He was on the show last week. The subject of Suzy Quatro came up briefly.)
I doubt that I'll be able to resist playing the only non-cover tune on WMW?, a cayenne-flavored confection called "Frank," by the Rudy Schwartz Project. That thing rivals Godley & Creme's "Sandwiches of You" or Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Bullfrog" as an in-your-face paean (where'd you get that word?) to FZ's genius.
The Jan. 11 show was based on the concept that there's nothing better on the face of God's Great Earth than that Prince of Musics, bedroom tapes by the sequestered geniuses of our land. Well, them and Frank. And so will this show be too. Fact of the matter – it's made for you.
So strap in for another bout of merciless versioning, with the WMW? tracks interspersed (where'd you get that word?) with the official FZ versions. I may even be able to wrangle another phone interview with one of the participating musicians.
Update: The amazing Kevyn Dymond will be a telephone guest around 10:30 p.m. Pacific. he contributed some songs to WMW?, and we'll talk about them and play them and like them. and him.
As rough as things are in Zappaland at the moment, there's still the fact that a lot of people are spending their own teenage money and time not just to purchase, enjoy and write about Zappa music, but they're even making it on their own. And some nitwit in way Northern California is playing it on the radio.
So how bad is it, really? Moo-aah!