Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Weasels Ripped My Flesh

(The Mothers Of Invention, LP, Bizarre/Reprise MS 2028, August 10, 1970)

  1. Didja Get Any Onya? 6:51
  2. Directly From My Heart To You (Penniman) 5:16
  3. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask 3:48
  4. Toads of the Short Forest 4:48
  5. Get a Little 2:31
  6. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 6:52
  7. Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula 2:12
  8. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama 3:32
  9. Oh No 1:45
  10. The Orange County Lumber Truck 3:21
  11. Weasels Ripped My Flesh 2:08

Produced by Frank Zappa

Cover art by Neon Park
Art direction by John Williams

FZ—Lead Guitar and Vocal ("My Guitar")
Ian Underwood—Alto Sax
Bunk Gardner—Tenor Sax
Motorhead Sherwood—Baritone Sax and Snorks
Buzz Gardner—Trumpet and Flugel Horn
Roy Estrada—Bass and Vocal ("Gas Mask")
Jimmy Carl Black—Drums
Art Tripp—Drums
Don Preston—Piano Organ and Electronic Effects
Ray Collins—Vocal ("Oh No")
Don "Sugar Cane" Harris—Electric Violin and Vocal ("Directly From My Heart To You")
Lowell George—Rhythm Guitar and Vocal ("Didja Get Any Onya?")

 

1. Didja Get Any Onya? 6:51

includes Charles Ives and (only on the CD mix) Kung Fu

Philadelphia Arena
March 2, 1969

FZ—guitar
Lowell George—guitar & vocal
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—tambourine, baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass & vocal
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

MOO-AHHH
MOO-AHHH
MOO-AHHH

Lowell: Years ago in Germany when I was a very small boy, zere was a lot of people standing around on ze corners asking questions: "Why are you standing on ze corner, acting ze way you act, looking like you look? WHY DO YOU LOOK THAT WAY?" And they ask me and I only would say: "I don't . . . I don't know, I'm just standing 'round ze corner waiting here . . . just in . . . in ze evening, and . . . and it's so nice outside . . . the night is so nice . . . why . . . are you just asking these questions . . . "

Didja
Get any
Onya onya onya onya . . .
(Onya . . . )

MOO-AHHH
MOO-AHHH
MOO-AHHH
MOO-AHHH

2. Directly From My Heart To You 5:16

(R. W. Penniman)

T.T.G. Studios, LA
July 29 or 30, 1969

Don "Sugar Cane" Harris—electric violin and vocal
and probably:
FZ—guitar?
Lowell George—guitar?
Ian Underwood—organ?
Don Preston—organ?
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums

Direct
Directly from my heart to you
Direct
Directly from my heart to you
Oh, you know that I love you
That's why I feel so blue

Oh, I pray
Our love would last away
I pray
That our love would last away
Yeah, we'd be so happy together
But you're so far away

Well, I need
(Oh, baby, need you baby)
I need you by my side
Well, I need
Yes, I need you by my side
Oh, I'd loved you little darlin'
Your love I could never hide

3. Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask 3:48

includes a fragment from the 6th Symphony "Pathétique" (Tchaikovsky)

0:00-3:40
Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
October 25, 1968

FZ—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—keyboards & woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass & vocals
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

3:40-3:46
Thee Image, Miami, FL
February 8, 1969

FZ—guitar
Lowell George—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax & tambourine
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

3:46-3:48
?

FZ: Blow your harmonica, son . . .

4. Toads Of The Short Forest 4:48

includes a quotation from You Oughta Be In Pictures (Heyman/Suesse)

1st half:
Whitney Studios, Glendale
c. August, 1969

FZ—guitar
Lowell George—guitar?
Max Bennett—bass
John Guerin—drums

2nd half:
Thee Image, Miami, Florida
February 7-9, 1969

FZ—guitar
Lowell George—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax & tambourine
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

FZ: At this very moment on stage we have drummer A playing in 7/8, drummer B playing in 3/4, the bass playing in 3/4, the organ playing in 5/8, the tambourine playing in 3/4, and the alto sax blowing his notes.

HANDS UP!
POO-LAAAH!

FZ: Thank you.

5. Get A Little 2:31

The Factory, The Bronx, NYC
February 28, 1969

FZ—lead guitar
Lowell George—güiro, rhythm guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

Motorhead: Yes . . . be hot . . . and everybody workin' on it . . . so I figured I'd rip off her . . . her drawers and get a little

FZ: We'll be back in a little while

6. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 6:52

A&R Studios, NYC
June, 1969

FZ—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—keyboards & woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums & percussion

 

7. Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula 2:12

includes a quotation from The Dog Breath Variations

Apostolic Studios, NYC
1968

probably:
FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—keyboards & woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Art Tripp—drums

 

8. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama 3:32

Basic track:
Criteria Studios, Miami
February?, 1969

Overdubs:
T.T.G., Hollywood
Whitney Studios, Glendale
c. August-September, 1969

FZ—guitar & vocals
Lowell George—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

You know, your mama and your daddy
Saying I'm no good to you
They call me dirty from the alley
Till I don't know what to do
I get so tired of sneakin' around
Just to get to your back door
I crawled past the garbage and
Your mama jumped out, screamin'
"Don't come back no more"
I can't take it
My guitar wants to kill your mama
My guitar wants to kill your mama
My guitar wants to burn your dad
I get real mean when it makes me mad

Later I tried to call you
Your mama told me you weren't there
She told me don't bother to call again
Unless I cut off all my hair
I get so tired of sneakin' around
Just to get to your back door
I crawled past the garbage and
Your mama jumped out, screamin'
"Don't come back no more"

Later I tried to call you
Your mama told me you weren't there
She told me don't bother to call again
Unless I cut off all my hair
I get so tired of sneakin' around
Just to get to your back door
I crawled past the garbage and
Your mama jumped out, screamin'
"Don't come back no more"
My guitar wants to kill your mama
My guitar wants to kill your mama
My guitar wants to burn your dad
I get real mean when it makes me mad

9. Oh No 1:45

Apostolic Studios, NYC
1967-1968

Ray Collins—vocals
FZ—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—keyboards & woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Roy Estrada—bass & vocals
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Billy Mundi—drums

Oh no
I don't believe it
You say that you think you know
The meaning of love
You say love is all we need
You say
With your love you can change
All of the fools
All of the hate
I think you're probably
Out to lunch

Oh no
I don't believe it
You say that you think you know
The meaning of love
Do you really think it can be told?
You say that you really know
I think
You should check it again
How can you say
What you believe
Will be the key to a
World of love?

All your love
Will it save me?
All your love
Will it save the world
From what we can't understand?
Oh no
I don't believe it

And in your dreams
You can see yourself
As a prophet
Saving the world
The
Words from your lips
I just can't believe
You are such
A fool

10. The Orange County Lumber Truck 3:21

First part from an unknown performance, c. 1969

FZ—guitar
Lowell George—güiro, guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

The rest from Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
October 25, 1968

FZ—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—keyboards & woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

Ha ha ha ha ha ha . . .

11. Weasels Ripped My Flesh 2:08

Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
May 30, 1969

FZ—guitar
Don Preston—keyboards
Ian Underwood—woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax
Buzz Gardner—trumpet & flugel horn
Roy Estrada—bass
Jimmy Carl Black—drums
Art Tripp—drums

FZ: Good night boys & girls . . . Thank you for coming to our concert

Zappa!

 

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