Monday, March 17, 2008

Let's Eat! (Updated) – March 22, 2008

This pic is of a window display at Music Millennium, an iconic music store in Portland, Oregon. Zappa's Grubby Chamber friend Mark Lovelace, who sent in the shot (thanks, Mark!) said they also had a large mural which reads "Keep Portland Weird!"

If anyone can do it, Frank can.

However, I can't. And as I mentioned last week, this is the last ZGC as we know it.

Update: Thanks, Barry, for helping tell the world of the show's demise. I guess I better try to do clean segues tonight in case people from Belgium are listening. BTW, if anyone wants to hear the groovy promo MP3 for tonight's show, write me at and I'll e-mail it to you.

For the final Zappa's Grubby Chamber, we're going to serve up and pound down a veritable feast of tasty Zappa tunes. I mean like, if we're going to sail off into the sunset and stuff, we might as well chow down on some yummy Frank music beforehand!

As with almost any topic, from soup to nuts, one finds a wealth of Frankly insight on the food situation. It may have been the most-often alluded to subject, next to matters of a horny nature and Republicans, which are often one and the same.

FZ songs that deal with food, or eating, or hunger, include "Uncle Meat," "The Dangerous Kitchen," "Cruising For Burgers," "Lumpy Gravy," "Electric Aunt Jemima," "Call Any Vegetable," "Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue," "Muffin Man," "The Duke of Prunes," "A Little Green Rosetta," "Marque-son's Chicken," "Chana In De Bushwop," "Any Kind of Pain" and others that you or I will think of between now and Friday.

I'm working on some possible telephone guests. They may or may not happen.

But it's a groovable feast on this, the last Zappa's Grubby Chamber.


M-Chu said...

Yes. It's an absolute tragedy that ZGC is unable to continue. Kevin, your spontaneity and abilities to poot forth Frank's display of Dadaism is really unparalleled and will be sorely missed. Because of my family situation and the time difference I was unable to keep up with the show in recent weeks. It’s 1:00 am here when ZGC kicks-off, and after working 60 hours every week it was difficult for me to be coherent enough to key up my hard drive, record the show, then wake-up several hours later to cease the recording. It’s just another reason why I would love to live in Humboldt, because not only could I be awake, listen to ZGC via frequency modulation, I would also humbly offer my support for the show.

I wonder if anyone has ever heard this story. While I was attending an audio tech school some years ago an instructor there told a tale of someone approached by NASA in the 1960’s, and asked to roost on the moon and send back electronic data. Apparently his mission was thwarted when asked if he would like to make great records instead. I haven’t done any research to verify the validity of it, but if indeed true it does make for a great Zappa story.

Take care, Kevin. Thanks for ZGC. I hope we are able to keep in touch.

kaivalya said...

What about "Bacon Fat", "Hot Plate Heaven and the Green Hotel" and "Easy Meat"?

There is going to be a little send off with a few dedicated fans at my place in Arcata somewhere. Kevin, you should stop by after midnight - I'll save you a bottle of Lumpy Gravy. ;)

Thanks for the good times!

Kevin L. Hoover said...

Why didn't I think of those? "Easy Meat" is wonderful, as are the others.

Great suggestions, as is the offer to guzzle some gravy.

A F Harrold said...

Some more... America Drinks, The Invocation And Dance Of The Young Pumpkin, Son Of Suzy Creamcheese, St Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast, Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Twenty Small Cigars (for after the meal), Titties & Beer, and so on...

But I think Any Kind Of Pain, for the French listeners, is the most inspired food song...

Chas said...

It's a great testament to your show and listeners that the initial comment on your final outing uses the phrase "poot forth."