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El Show de Zappa, parte 2

Aquí va la continuación del show que hizo Zappa como disc jokey en la BBC el 28 de Febrero de 1982, primero en inglés y luego mi traducción. La primera parte la publiqué aquí.

DESCARGA DE LA SEGUNDA PARTE DEL SHOW DE ZAPPA

Track 17: “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

When I was in New York I went to this, er, club, called the Mudd Club, and I was a disc jockey there for a night and I brought in a bunch of records and tried them out on the clientele at this particular establishment. One toon that got their buttocks pumping up and down in quite a frenzied manner was this next number, erm, by The Plastics. Its called “Robot”.

Track 18: “Robot” – The Plastics

That was, er, “Robot” by The Plastics, a Japanese ensemble. And, er, in order to truly appreciate the nuances involved in this particular production you have to imagine it being played over a really loud disco system in a room that’s concrete with no decorations and, er, a guy about 6-foot-5, with a blue mohawk and a black leather jacket, dancing to it, and it suddenly comes alive in your imagination. And now, this, er, its time for a little romance. This is Radio 1 and, of course, Frank Zappa being an artificial disc jockey momentarily. Here is a really good song that is probably older than you are.

Track 19: “Desiree” – The Charts
Track 20: “I Am The Walrus” – The Beatles

Now wasn’t that wonderful? Just sitting here today, so sophisticated as we all are, in this modern age that we call The Eighties, and to be able to hear something like that with thousands of people in the background on that record saying ‘everybody smoke pot’. It makes you want to tighten your headband and stick a flower in the end of somebody’s gun. Anyway, before that you heard “Desiree” by The Charts, and that was, of course, “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles, and this is “Soldier Soldier” by Spizz Energy.

Track 21: “Soldier Soldier” – Spizz Energy

Did you know that heaven is in your mind?

Track 22: “Heaven Is In Your Mind” – Traffic
Track 23: “I’m Working For The Federal Bureau Of Narcotics” – Wild Man Fischer

Well, I’m sure you know that that was Wild Man Fischer and right before that you heard Traffic with “Heaven Is In Your Mind”. And, that guy in there asked me to say something about Wild Man Fischer and one thing that you must remember is that he actually *is* a Wild Person. He lives in the street and, er, sleeps in places where, er, it is possible for natural objects to accumulate in his hair; and on his clothes; and elsewhere in secret parts of his personage that you don’t find out about until its too late if you’re a girl. And Larry *is* dangerous; er, he has brothers and other relatives and some of them have been attacked by Larry. I think it was his brother who had his chest-bone broken with a ball-peen hammer at UCLA shortly before this album was made. They were walking towards each other on the campus; Larry had the hammer; and his brother had the bad luck. And the name of this song is “Paint It Black”.

Track 24: “Paint It Black” – The Rolling Stones

You know what’s really good about that record? Is the way the bass part is there ‘n’then where he’s going ‘wooom, wooom’ [that’s what it sounds like!] like that, that’s really exhilarating, its probably the, one of the finest things that’s ever happened in British Rock. Don’t you think? Aside from what you just told me about the liner notes on that album, I haven’t had a chance to read them personally, but, er, that guy in there told me that there’s a part on the record cover that says, and I’m quoting him now, he’s probably paraphrasing this, but the record says that in 1967, Brian Jones took to the sitar like a native. What do you make of that? Anyway, this is “Caravan Man” by Lew Lewis and his band.

Track 25: “Caravan Man” – Lew Lewis
Track 26: “Cycle Sluts” – John Cooper Clark

Well, there’s your whimper. And now, for another person with exquisite diction, the Howling Wolf, with “I Asked Her For Water And She Brought Me Gasoline”.

Track 27: “I Asked Her For Water And She Brought Me Gasoline” – Howling Wolf
Track 28: “Summertime Blues” – The Flying Lizards

Yes, that was The Flying Lizards with their ‘petulant minimalism’, as it says on the back of their single sleeve, and that was “Summertime Blues”. I really like that style that they’re performing that particular song in. And if they’re listening, and I hope they are, there’s a couple of other toons that I would like to hear done in that same style. I’d just like to recommend a sample repertoire for The Flying Lizards; I think they should do “Ruby Tuesday”, they should also do “Paperback Writer”, and, erm, “Last Train To Clarkesdale”, or “Clarkesville” or whatever it was, y’know, heh, give the guys a break. Anyway, this is “My White Bicycle” by Tomorrow.

Track 29: “My White Bicycle” – Tomorrow

Well, a lot of you fetishists out there probably wouldn’t recognise it because its being played backwards, but that was Steve Howe [of Yes] on guitar on that particular, er, in that particular group. And the song that used to be the B-side of that, erm, cut, when it was a single, was a toon called “Claremount Lake”. Remember that? That had some even more interesting guitar formalities on it. Anyway, here’s a song that, er, I heard in a disco one time and I really liked it. I didn’t know what it was; I couldn’t make out the words to it, I just thought it had a good toon. And I was really, er, shocked and chagrined when I found out exactly what it was that I was enjoying. But, er, its still a nice song. Its called “Grease” and its by Frankie Valli and was written by Barry Gibb[!].

Track 30: “Grease” – Frankie Valli

And the word is Radio 1 and this is Frank Zappa about to play the last selection on my artificial disc jockey program. And before I disappear into the wilderness I want to thank Graham, Martin and Trevor, and remind you that next on Radio 1 its Alexis Korner. Now they have allowed me, erm, here on this radio station, to actually play one of my own toons on this radio show, and for this fact I will be *deeply* indebted to them forever, and, er, I’ve chosen as my one representative item from the repertoire that I can squeeze in here, a song called “Watermelon In Easter Hay”. And I will now provide you with a piece of information about the ~title: That’s not the complete title of this song. The *real* title of this song is “Playing A Guitar Solo With This Band Is Like Trying To Grow A Watermelon In Easter Hay”. And that’s where it came from. From me, Frank Zappa, goodbye!

Track 31: “Watermelon In Easter Hay” – Frank Zappa

Y ahora, una traducción:

Track 17: “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cuando estuve en Nueva York fui a este, er, club, llamado el Mudd Club, e hice de discjockey una noche y me llevé un montón de discos y los probé con la clientela del lugar. Una de las canciones que hizo mover los culos arriba y abajo de forma bastante frenética fue este siguiente tema de The Plastics. Se llama “Robot”

Track 18: “Robot” – The Plastics

Esto fue, er, Robot de The Plastics, una banda japonesa. Y para poder apreciar adecuadamente los matices de la escena debéis imaginaros oirla muy fuerte en una habitación de cemento sin ninguna decoración y con un tipo de, er, dos metros, mohawk azul y chaqueta de cuero negro bailando al ritmo, y la imagen se hará realidad en vuestra imaginación. Y ahora, esto…, es el momento de algo romántico. Ësto es radio 1 y, por supuesto, Frank Zappa como DJ artificial de forma temporal. A continuación un tema realmente bueno que probablemente es mas viejo que vosotros.

Track 19: “Desiree” – The Charts
Track 20: “I Am The Walrus” – The Beatles

¿No ha sido maravilloso? Sentarse hoy aquí, con lo sofisticados que somos, en esta edad moderna que llaman los ochenta, y poder oir algo como ésto con miles de personas al fondo diciendo “todos fumaban marihuana”. Hace que quieras apretar tu cinta de la cabeza y meterle una flor a alguien por el cañón de su pistola. De todas formas, antes que eso escucharon “Desiree” por The Charts y éso fue, por supuesto, “I am the Walrus” de Los Beatles, y a continuación va “Soldier Soldier, de Spizz Energy.

Track 21: “Soldier Soldier” – Spizz Energy

¿Sabías que el paraiso está en tu cabeza?

Track 22: “Heaven Is In Your Mind” – Traffic
Track 23: “I’m Working For The Federal Bureau Of Narcotics” – Wild Man Fischer

Seguro que sabíais que ésto ha sido Wild Man Fischer y antes que él oyeron a Traffic con “Heaven Is In Your Mind”. Y, aquél tipo me pidió que dijera algo sobre Wild Man Fischer y hay algo que debéis recordar, y es que realmente es un tipo salvaje (wild). Vive en la calle y, er, duerme en sitios con gran posibilidad de que cosas, er, se acumulen en su pelo, y en sus ropas, y en todas las partes íntimas de este personaje que no descubres hasta que es demasiado tarde si eres una chica. Y Larry “es” peligroso, er, tiene hermanos y hermanas que han sido atacados por él. Creo que fue su hermano al que rompió el esternón con un martillo de cabeza redonda en la Universidad de Los Angeles poco antes de hacer este disco. Estaban caminando el uno hacia el otro en el camous, Larry tenía el martillo, y su hermano tuvo la mala suerte. Y el nombre de esta canción es “Paint It Black”.

Track 24: “Paint It Black” – The Rolling Stones

¿Sabéis lo que es realmente bueno de este tema? La forma en que el bajo va aquí y allá boom boom (Así se oye). Me gusta, es realmente estimulante. Es una de las mejores cosas que han pasado en el rock británico, no creéis? Aparte de las cosas que me habeis contado que se diden en las notas del libretdisco, no he tenido ocasión de leeerlas personalmente, aquel tipo de allí me dijo que hay una parte en la portada que dice, y le estoy citando, probablemente lo está adaptando, pero el disco dice que en 1967 Brian Jones tocaba el sitar como un nativo. Que os parece?, bueno pues ésto es “Caravan Man”, de Lew Lewis y su grupo.

Track 25: “Caravan Man” – Lew Lewis
Track 26: “Cycle Sluts” – John Cooper Clark

Allá va vuesto aullido. Y ahora, otra persona con una dicción exquisita, Howling Wolf con “I Asked Her For Water And She Brought Me Gasoline”.

Track 27: “I Asked Her For Water And She Brought Me Gasoline” – Howling Wolf
Track 28: “Summertime Blues” – The Flying Lizards

Si, esos fueron The Flying Lizards con su “minimalismo pretencioso”, como dice la contraportada del single y eso fue “Summertime Blues”. Realmente me gusta la forma en que interpretan esae tema en particular. Y si me están escuchando, y espero que lo estén, hay un par de canciones que me encantaría oir en ese estilo. Me gustaría recomendar a The Flying Lizards. Creo que deberían tocar “Ruby Tuesday”, y también “Paperback Writer” y, er, “Last Train to Clarksdale”, o “Clarkesville”, o como se llame, sabés, ¡vaos!, dejad a estos chicos en paz!. Bueno, pues ahora va “My White Bicycle”, de Tomorrow.

Track 29: “My White Bicycle” – Tomorrow

Muchos de los fetichistas de ahí fuera probablemente no le reconoceréis porque está tocando al revés, pero ése era Steve Howe a la guitarra en ese, er, ese grupo tan peculiar. Y la canción era la cara B de ese, er, corte, como sencillo era “Claremont Lake”. ¿La recordáis?, tenía incluso cosas mas curiosas con la guitarra. Bueno, pues ahora va una canción que, er, oi en una disco una vez y realmente me gustó. Nos abía loq ue era, no podía entender la letra, solo pensé que era un buen tema. Y me sorprendí, aluciné y, er, mortifiqué cuando por fin que era loq ue estaba disfrutando. Bueno, todavia es una gran canción. Se llama “Grease” y es de Frankie Valli y fue escrita por Barry Gibb.

Track 30: “Grease” – Frankie Valli

Y la palabra de hoy es Radio 1 y soy Frank Zappa a punto de poner el último tema en mi programa como DJ artificial. Y antes de desaparecer quisiera agradecer a Graham, Martin y Trevor, y recordaros que el próximo en Radio 1 es Alexis Korner. Y ahora me han permitido, er, aquí en la emisora, poner una de mis propias canciones en el show, y por dicho motivo estaré agradecido para siempre y, er, he elegido como representación mia un tema de mi repertorio que puedo tocar, y que se llama “Watermelon In Easter Hay”. Y ahora voy a daros algo de información sobre el título. Ése no es el título completo del tema. El nombre “real” de esta canción es “Playing A Guitar Solo With This Band Is Like Trying To Grow A Watermelon In Easter Hay” (Tocar un solo de guitarra con esta banda es como intentar criar una sandía en Pascua), y de ahí viene. De todo corazón, Frank Zappa, adiós!

Track 31: “Watermelon In Easter Hay” – Frank Zappa

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  2. ZAPPERO!!!

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