Next up in my little series of obscure cover nuggets is Frank Zappa. Zappa, much like The Residents, is one of those artists that’s always given me the heebie-jeebies. As a youth in summer camp I remember all the rock climbing instructors were heavily into Zappa. Scarily enough, when passing by the rock climbing shed, it wasn’t uncommon to hear the sounds of Valley Girl, and smells of what I was told was ‘good luck sage’, seeping out into the quad. Half way up the side of a mountain balancing on one foot, I would often look below and picture my demise; sprawled on my back at the base of the climb, still semi-concious and surrounded by the band of wild-haired, chalk handed and satin short wearing psychedelic instructors warbling along to Deadly Kitchen (‘Sometimes the milk can hurt you, If you put it on your cereal Before you smell the plastic container’) and some other completely un-PC ditty they made up about AIDS (sung to the tune of King of Pain by the Police).
Eventually I was able to get my Frank-o-phobia fully in check and now can enjoy me a little Zappa without the fear of plunging to my death. However I think today’s choice, honestly, was me just groping for any excuse to feature my current fave downtempo/neo soul duo J*Davey, who’ve taken Zappa’s freaky little tune about ‘Poodle Bites and Poodle Juices‘,
Dirty Love, and rewired into a Controvery-era sounding Prince track.
PS Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub, original is on the wall.