Frank Zappa and The Mothers – Montana
Today’s Quote: “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.'” — Erich Fromm
I looked up Montana and I had not previously known that Tina Turner and the Ikettes had sung the back up vocals on it. They also sang back up on I’m the Slime and Dirty Love on the same album. If you ever get a chance to listen to the Over-Nite Sensation album, don’t pass on it. It’s a good album and well worth a listen.
At New York’s Kennedy airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule, and a calculator.
At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
“Al-gebra is a fearsome cult, “Gonzales said. They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value.
They use secret code names like ‘x’ and ‘y’ and refer to themselves as unknowns, but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.”
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.”
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Who had a hit with Low Rider? A) Garth Brooks B) War C) Boz Scaggs
2. Who had a hit with Take a Walk on the Wild Side? A) Frank Zappa B) Tom Waits C) Lou Reed
3. What was the top single of the 60s? A) The Theme from A Summer Place B) Hey Jude C) Tossin’ & Turnin’
4. What was the top single of the 70s? A) You Light Up My Life B) Night Fever C) Shadow Dancing
5. What had a number one hit in 1960 with I’m Sorry? A) Brenda Lee B) Connie Francis C) Kay Starr
Music Trivia Answers:
1. B) War [The group was known as Nite Shift before they were asked to back up Eric Burdon and renamed War. Burdon had been lead singer of The Animals, and brought them instant notoriety. After two albums and the hit Spill The Wine, Burdon left War. This was their biggest hit without Burdon, and they broke up after one more album. (Songfacts.com)]
2. C) Lou Reed [Walk on the Wild Side is about transvestites who come to New York City and become prostitutes. “Take a walk on the wild side” is what they say to potential customers. The song was not banned by the notoriously conservative BBC or by many US radio stations because censors did not understand phrases like “giving head.” Depending on the regional US market, the song was edited for what we now call political correctness. Reed leads into the female vocalists’ “Doo, doo-doo” hook with the words, “And the colored girls say,” but some stations played a version that replaced the phrase with, “And the girls all say.” In 1972, 3 to 3-1/2 minute songs were still the rule for radio, so this was edited accordingly. (Songfacts.com)]
3. B) Hey Jude [Paul McCartney wrote it as “Hey Jules,” a song meant to comfort John Lennon’s son Julian as his parents were getting a divorce. The change to “Jude” was inspired by the character “Jud” in the musical Oklahoma!. McCartney loves show tunes. Read more about it at Songfacts.com.]
4. A) You Light Up My Life [Debby Boone sang in a Gospel quartet, and like her father, was very religious. When asked who she was singing about, her answer was “God.” Joseph Brooks, who wrote the song, took exception because that was not what he wrote it about. (Songfacts.com) And people wonder why the 70s sucked.]
5. A) Brenda Lee
Give me credit for knowing all of them but number 4. I thought all three of those songs sucked donkey. By the mid-seventies I was building up my collection of classic rock and blues. I’ve never willingly listened to any of the popular crap since Saturday Night Fever hit the theaters.
By the way, Saturday Night Fever is the only movie I have ever walked out of. I was on a field deployment (a tent city in the woods) and it was the free movie one night. That says a lot about how much it sucked. It was free and I had absolutely nothing better to do, but I still couldn’t force myself to watch it.