"Congress Shall Make No Law . . . "

Credits

Burp Art Performances by Jade Teta, Produced & Conducted by FZ, UMRK

FZ, interviewed by Den Simms, Society Pages, April, 1990

DS: There was one particular sound I can remember too, which kinda got me off, it sounded like a combination of you, I believe, from the Mothers Of Prevention album, saying the word "bondage", combined with a burp.

FZ: Oh yeah. That was not me. That's my nephew, Jade, and Jade, he has the ability to burp very loud and very long, and he can also burp words. So, when he was here visiting in '87, we had a sampling session with Jade. In fact, he got paid the same as any other musician that comes in here to do samples. I stood him in front of a microphone, and let him do an assortment of burps, and then gave him a list of words and phrases to burp, and some of those were put into the synclavier and that's what ya heard.

 

The Music Heard

Track Music "Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison" (FTMAMM ) "Secular Humanism" (FTMAMM )
1. Congress Shall Make No Law 0:02-0:05   0:46-0:51
2. Perhaps In Maryland 0:00-0:10    
3. Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me 0:00-0:05   0:46-0:51
4. Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image—Any Likeness Of Anything In Heaven Above, Nor In The Earth Beneath, Nor In The Water Under The Earth 0:00-0:03    
5. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain 0:00-0:06    
6. Thou Shalt Keep Holy The Sabbath Day 0:00-0:06   0:04-0:11
7. Thou Shalt Honor Thy Father And Thy Mother 0:00-0:05    
8. Thou Shalt Not Kill 0:00-0:06    
9. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery 0:00-0:12 18:22-18:34  
10. Thou Shalt Not Steal 0:00-0:06    
11. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor 0:00-0:12   0:33-0:45
12. Thou Shalt Not Covet The House Of Thy Neighbor, The Wife Of Thy Neighbor, Nor His Male Servant, Nor His Female Servant, Nor His Ass, Nor Anything That Belongs To Thy Neighbor 0:00-0:19   4:57-5:15
13. Reagan At Bitburg Some More 0:00-1:09    
TOTAL 2:52    

 

2. Perhaps In Maryland

Charles Ulrich, September 8, 2011

The Real Frank Zappa Book and Video From Hell both identify the date of FZ's testimony before the Judicial Proceedings Committee of the Maryland State Senate as February 14, 1986.

However, an article from the Baltimore Sun dated March 19, 1986 (reproduced in the Congress Shall Make No Law... booklet) says that FZ testified "yesterday". So that would have been March 18, 1986.

February 14 was the date that Judith Toth's bill passed the House of Delegates. An article in the Los Angeles Times dated February 16, 1986 states:

The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill banning the sale of "obscene" rock music records to minors after hearing one lawmaker call the raunchy lyrics "the worst kind of child abuse we have."

February 14, 1986 was indeed a Friday.

 

3. Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me

Charles Ulrich, alt.fan.frank-zappa, October 20, 2011

The grout at the beginning of Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me [0:00-0:05] is from [the FTMAMM version of] Secular Humanism (0:46-0:51).

 

6. Thou Shalt Keep Holy The Sabbath Day

Charles Ulrich, alt.fan.frank-zappa, October 16, 2011

The grout at the beginning of Thou Shalt Keep Holy The Sabbath Day [0:00-0:06] is also from [the FTMAMM version of] Secular Humanism (0:04-0:11).

 

7. Thou Shalt Honor Thy Father And Thy Mother

Have you ever heard of the NARAS credo? That's that little— I saw one one time. The one that I saw was written by Stan Freberg. Okay? We were the entertainment at the Grammys in 1967 or '68 in New York. I saw this piece of paper and it said in part that, "These selections are made on artistic merit alone and have nothing to do with unit sales." Right? Sure.

 

9. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

Charles Ulrich, alt.fan.frank-zappa, October 17, 2011

The grout at the beginning [0:00-0:12] of Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery [on Congress Shall Make No Law . . . ] is from Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison (18:22-18:34).

 

10. Thou Shalt Not Steal

I've been booked for a debate with Mrs. Baker in Seattle on the 29th

11. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor

Charles Ulrich, alt.fan.frank-zappa, October 16, 2011

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor (on Congress Shall Make No Law...) starts with twelve seconds of Synclavier music. [...] In fact, this whole piece of grout is a snippet from the FTMAMM version of Secular Humanism (0:33-0:45, to be specific).

 

12. Thou Shalt Not Covet The House Of Thy Neighbor, The Wife Of Thy Neighbor, Nor His Male Servant, Nor His Female Servant, Nor His Ass, Nor Anything That Belongs To Thy Neighbor

Charles Ulrich, alt.fan.frank-zappa, October 20, 2011

Thou Shalt Not Covet . . . [0:00-0:19] is from [the FTMAMM version of] Secular Humanism (4:57-5:15).

 

13. Reagan At Bitburg Some More

 

 

Research, compilation and maintenance by Román García Albertos
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/
This page updated: 2017-11-01