You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6

disc 1

1. The M.O.I. Anti-Smut Loyalty Oath

Liner notes by FZ

date: 9/70 location: concert date in Florida
original recording medium: 2 track analog recording engineer: F.Z. remote facility: UHER portable remix engineer: BOB STONE remix facility: UTILITY MUFFIN RESEARCH KITCHEN [...]

The DOORS' lead vocalist, Jim Morrison, had just been arrested for exposing his weenie on stage a short time before this tape was made. Fear and panic gripped every promoter in the live concert industry—"Will that awful group I just hired go on stage and do THE SAME THING?", they wondered. When we arrived at this gig we were threatened by a blobulent redneck with a shotgun in his hand, demanding assurances that none of us would commit such an evil act within the hallowed halls of his miserable venue. The oath we recite here was prepared on the spot, just to set his tiny mind at ease.

In accordance with regulations in the contract of this here rock & roll engagement
And the imbecilic laws of the state of Florida
And respective regulations perpetrated by REDNECKS EVERYWHERE

Charles Ulrich, Frank Zappa Gig List: 1970, December 12, 2012

70/10/09, Tallahassee, FL, Tully Gymnasium, Florida State University, CONFIRMED

 

2. The Poodle Lecture

Liner notes by FZ

date: Halloween, 1977 location: THE PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: KERRY McNAB
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: SPENCE CHRISLU
remix facility: UTILITY MUFFIN RESEARCH KITCHEN

Got all of the unwanted extraneous material off this area which we shall call Burbank.

 

3. Dirty Love

Liner notes by FZ

date: 18 February 1979 location: HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: MICK GLOSSOP remote facility: ISLAND MOBILE remix engineer: BOB STONE remix facility: UTILITY MUFFIN RESEARCH KITCHEN

Sources & Edits
London, February 18, 1979 (early show) YCDTOSA Vol. 6 (Zappa Records, 1992)
0:03-2:41 0:00-2:39

 

7. Father O'Blivion

Liner notes by FZ, 1992

[...] date: 1972 location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
original recording medium: 4 track analog recording engineer: unknown

 

8. Is That Guy Kidding Or What?

Liner notes by FZ, 1992

date: Halloween, 1977 location: THE PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: KERRY McNAB
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: SPENCE CHRISLU
remix facility: UTILITY MUFFIN RESEARCH KITCHEN

 

14. Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station

Liner notes by FZ, 1992

date: 1975 location: THE SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
original recording medium: 16 track analog recording engineer: unknown
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: SPENCE CHRISLU
remix facilily: UTILITY MUFFIN RESEARCH KITCHEN
musicians: F.Z. (lead guitar/vocal) RAY WHITE (guitar/vocal) BIANCA ODIN (keyboards/vocal)
PATRICK O'HEARN (bass) TERRY BOZZIO (drums/vocal)

Liner notes, 1995

BIANCA THORNTON (keyboards/vocal)

"Lady Bianca," Wikipedia, June 21, 2015

She was born Bianca Thornton, in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. [...] In the mid 1970s, she worked in various clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she met the bass guitarist Henry Oden. They were subsequently married for 15 years.

Lady Bianca, in correspondence with Patrick Neve

I was never Bianca Odin or Oden, this name was given me by the people I worked for . . . my stage name is and has always been Lady Bianca.

 

17. I Have Been In You

Liner notes by FZ

date: 31 October 1978 location: THE PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remix facility: SUN WEST RECORDERS, LOS ANGELES

 

18. Emperor Of Ohio

doublebassy, Zappateers, June 20, 2008

So Tracy Is A Snob turns out to be from the late show performance of The Torture Never Stops. My guess is that Emperor of Ohio comes from the same song, after the drum solo like in the Fort Collins show the day before.

pbuzby, Zappateers, June 20, 2008

I just relistened to Emperor Of Ohio, and yes, it sounds like a Torture keyboard solo excerpt followed by Vinnie soloing and preparing the segue into Heavy Duty Judy. I also listened to parts of Pick Me from the SLC early show, and it has a short drum solo segment (2:52-3:23) but it is not the one on the YCDTOSA track.

 

disc 2

2. The Illinois Enema Bandit

Liner notes by FZ

date: December, 1984 location: UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATER, L.A.
original recording medium: 24 track digital recording engineer: MARK PINSKE
remote facility: UMRK MOBILE remix engineer: BOB STONE

Tan Mitsugu, quoted in ARF: Notes & Comments

After Ike shouts 'Isn't that amazing?' (6:29), an edit to '81/'82 band occurs. (Ike disappered, and Steve Vai's guitar and Ed Mann's marimba come in, and also, the bass is switched to Mini-Moog bass.)

flambay, October 13, 2014

the first part of the song and the FZ solo are indeed from Universal City, CA and the final part of the song ("It must be just what they all need . . . " etc.) is indeed from 1982.

For the middle part of the song, after the FZ solo you will have to add:

1984 12 17—Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA Early Show
and
1984 11 23—Bismarck Theatre, Chicago, IL Early Show

Sources

Thanks to flambay and Patrick Buzby.

NYC Halloween Audience/The Illinois Enema Bandit YCDTOSA6 (Zappa Records, 1992) NYC, October 31, 1981 (early show) Universal City, CA, December 23, 1984 Royal Oak, MI, November 21, 1984 Seattle, WA, December 17, 1984 (early show) Chicago, IL, November 23, 1984 (early show) Pistoia, Italy, July 8, 1982 NYC, October 27, 1978 (late show)
  NYC Halloween Audience            
0:11-0:16 0:07-0:12            
0:16-0:26 0:33-0:43            
0:26-0:28 0:49-0:51            
0:28-0:44 1:14-1:30            
  Bobby Brown            
0:44-0:46 0:00-0:02            
0:46-2:03   0:00-1:17          
2:03-2:29     1:19-1:44        
2:29-2:54              
2:54-5:32   2:07-4:44          
5:32-6:28       6:03-7:00      
6:28-7:16         6:42-7:30    
7:16-8:35           6:15-7:35  
8:35-8:39              
8:39-8:43           7:39-7:42  
              Thirteen Pt1
8:43-8:49             0:00-0:05

 

3. Thirteen

Liner notes by FZ

date: 31 October 1978 location: THE PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remix facility: SUN WEST RECORDERS, LOS ANGELES

Arthur Barrow, Of Course I Said Yes!, 2016, p. 79

Before the show, there was a meeting in Frank's dressing room. He had an electric piano in there, and had written a little C Lydian vamp in 13/8. [...] Frank said that we would use that as a vehicle for L. Shankar to improvise over. I thought to myself, "I'm sure glad I don't have to do this one since Pat [O'Hearn] is doing all the jams. Have fun, Pat!" Then Frank turned to me and said, "I want you to play bass on this one."

 

4. Lobster Girl

Liner notes by FZ

date: 31 October 1978 location: THE PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remix facility: SUN WEST RECORDERS, LOS ANGELES

Patrick O'Hearn interviewed by Robert L. Doeschuk, Keyboardist, April, 1994

Anything went. I remember writing down a story that had occurred to me, part of it personal and part of it fiction. I read it to Frank before one show, and he said, "Let's do this tonight!" Sure enough, at one point in the show, they improvised musical background, and I recited the story.

 

5. Black Napkins

Sources & Edits

Special thanks to Patrick Buzby.

NYC, December 26, 1976 YCDTOSA Vol. 6 (1991 CD)
00:00-00:42 0:00-0:42
00:42-01:15  
01:15-01:23 0:42-0:50
01:23-01:56  
01:56-04:31 0:50-3:25
  3:25-5:21 (Chicago, IL, November 23, 1984, early show)

 

10. Tryin' To Grow A Chin

Sources & Edits

"Tryin' To Grow A Chin" (October 31, 1977, early show) Halloween 77 (2017) "Tryin' To Grow A Chin" YCDTOSA Vol. 6 (Zappa Records, 1992)
0:00-3:33 0:00-3:33
3:33-3:35  

 

11. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

Liner notes by FZ

date: 31 October, 1978 location: THE PALLADIUM, NEW YORK CITY
original recording medium: 24 track analog recording engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remote facility: RECORD PLANT MOBILE remix engineer: JOE CHICARELLI
remix facility: SUN WEST RECORDERS, LOS ANGELES

 

12. Lisa's Life Story

Well, then there was a quest for the perfect hunk
I spell that h-u-n-k, hunk
You know, I like them tall and blonde.

Lisa Popeil, interviewed by Andrew Greenaway, The Idiot Bastard, May 29, 2010
The lyric idea in "Lisa's Life Story" was to make it seem as though Frank was the 'perfect hunk', but then at the end, throwing in the zinger 'and BLOND' to deflate the build-up.
John Livzey, johnlivzey.com

Photo by John Livzey
Frank Zappa conducting a performance by Lisa Popeil in Santa Monica, California.

 

13. Lonesome Cowboy Nando

My name is Nando
I am a marine biologist

Onno Gross, The David Ocker Internet Interview, 1994-1995

F. Boero (1987): Life cycles of Phialella zappai n. sp., Phialella fragilis and Phialella sp. (Cnidaria, Leptomedusae, Phialellidae) from Central California.—Journal of Natural Histors, 21, 465-480. and it says in the ending: "I have the pleasure in naming this species after the modern music composer Francis (Frank) Vincent Zappa.

Francesco Gentile, The David Ocker Internet Interview, 1994-1995

Nando is Fernando Boero, a marine biologyst from Genoa, the Italian city where the 88 part of "Lonesome Cowboy Nando" was recorded. Nando wrote for us the story of his friendship with FZ, it's a very nice story, I hope I'll find someone from affz that will want to translate it in English. Meanwhile here is a rough translation of the begining of the article:

"There is nothing I'd like better than having a jellyfish named after me" (FZ).

In 1982, after becoming a researcher in the University of Genoa, I asked for a work fund that could allow me to be for a long time in the Bodega Marine Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. The purpose was to study the taxonomy and the ecology of the local jellyfish fauna (yes, there exist people who earn a living studing jellyfish). Actually the true purpose was another one: to meet Frank Zappa. My strategy was a simple one:

—that fauna was (and is) not well known;—I would find some new species for sure;—once I have found them I would have to give them a name;—I would dedicate one of them to FZ;—I would tell him about it;—He would invite me for a visit.

And that's how it went.

 

14. 200 Motels Finale

Liner notes (2CD, Zappa Records, 1992)

13. LONESOME COWBOY NANDO
[...]
14. 200 MOTELS FINALE
[...] date: 7 August 1971 location: PAULEY PAVILION, UCLA, LOS ANGELES
original recording medium: 4 track analog recording engineer: BARRY KEENE
remote facility: Scully 4 track at mix console

 

 

Research, compilation and maintenance by Román García Albertos
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/
This page updated: 2017-12-03