MOTHERS DAY 2015

Posted: May 11, 2015 in album review, zappa
Pick Me, I’m Clean - Single (download only) - May 10, 2015

Pick Me, I’m Clean – Single (download only) – May 10, 2015

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As pointed out by zappateers NikZah, Zappa Family Trust is been continuing to issue new special items on Mothers Day. A new one every May 10th, almost always a digital download:

10 May 2009 – Mothermania – digital download
10 May 2010 – Buffalo, EIHN, Imaginary Diseases and FZ:OZ – digital download
10 May 2011 – Penguin In Bondage / The Little Known History Of The Mothers Of Invention – digital download
10 May 2012 – I’m Not Satisfied 1964 – free mp3
10 May 2013 – It Can’t Happen Here / Who Are The Brain Police? / HELP I’M A ROCK – 12” single pre-order
10 May 2014 – Zoot Allures 1982 / Cosmik Debris 1973 – digital download

(See MOTHERS DAY 2014 elsewhere on this blog for the last year ZFT issue).

May 10, 2015 was the right time for a summer 1980 rendition of Pick Me, I’m Clean, as usual available through Barfko-Swill.

Here are the short May 10th Pick Me, I’m Clean “liner notes” from the zappa.com “whatsnew” page:

Pick Me, I’m Clean – Single, Download

“There is no undertaking more challenging, more rewarding than the responsibility of being a Mother.”
˜ Richard Milhous Nixon
“Thanks a lot, Dick!”
˜ FZ

FRANK ZAPPA, Ike Willis, Ray White, rthur Barrow, Tommy Mars, Dave Logeman
The Olympiahalle, Munich Germany, 3 July 1980
Produced by Frank Zappa
Mastered by Frank Filipetti, 2015

A 30 seconds mono preview is available through the Barfko-Swill on line shop, here is the direct link:
Pick Me, I’m Clean (1980) excerpt

2015 Mothers Day is as special one in the “zappaverse”, being 1965 Mothers Day the most accredited point in time where the Frank Zappa project/object took “The Mothers” moniker. 50 years ago in California the band left names like “The Soul Giants”, “The Blackouts” or “Captain Glasspack & His Magic Mufflers”, for a simple but effective one, so effective that needed the “of Invention” extension to be accepted in the music business of the 60s (see the “Chronology” page at IINK for the details on band name changes during the 60s).

Strangely enough, this 50th anniversary has been little celebrated, it would have been worth further enforced recreation than what was available!

On the local press side, a post by David Allen on Inland Valley Daily Bulletin needs to be mentioned. His article “Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention formed 50 years ago in Pomona” includes the following vivid quote, from an interview by Jerry Hopkins, published on the July 1968 issue of Rolling Stone (here is the afka link to the article):

“Sometime before this I’d had a group called the Mothers, but while all this was going on we were called Captain Glasspack and His Magic Mufflers. It was a strange time. We even got thrown out of after-hours jam sessions. Eventually we went back to the Broadside in Pomona and we called ourselves the Mothers. It just happened, by sheer accident, to be Mother’s Day, although we weren’t aware of it at the time. When you are nearly starving to death, you don’t keep track of holidays.”

This David Allen post also features a recent photo of what was the Broadside in Pomona.

"This automotive shop at 960 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona was where a band led by Frank Zappa first used the name the Mothers on May 9, 1965. They became world-famous as the Mothers of Invention". Photo and caption by David Allen

“This automotive shop at 960 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona was where a band led by Frank Zappa first used the name the Mothers on May 9, 1965. They became world-famous as the Mothers of Invention”. Photo and caption by David Allen

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Back to the ZFT and 2015, the real thing to celebrate 50 years of The Mothers is this new rendition of Pick Me, I’m Clean.

It is the third officially released version of this 80s classic, and “the first appearance of the Logeman band on a posthumous Zappa release”, as properly noted by zappateers pbuzby.

Even tough the reference version is probably the one delivered by the “Colaiuta band” (released on Tinseltown Rebellion and Buffalo), which featured great interplay moments related to drums and guitar improvised parts, this “Logeman band” rendition is truly solid and highlights the melodic contribution of Arthur Barrow on bass. Also, it acts as an appropriate addendum to Shut Up ‘n’ Play Yer Guitar, which does not feature any “Logeman band” driven FZ solos.

As noted by pbuzby somewhere else at zappateers, “this is the version from the King Biscuit broadcast, but it is complete here while in the broadcast the solo was edited”.

The broadcast in question have been heavily bootlegged (follow this link at Zappa Patio for more info) in a good sound quality but often with wrong pitch.

The history of posthumous Zappa releases demonstrates that ZFT concentrates especially on little known (or circulating) recordings, however there is a lot of famous concerts like this, that deserve a professional, pitch correct and clean publication. Not to mention that most of the Olympiahalle 1980 recordings have certain words edited out of the “offensive” lyric type songs, since it derives from an American radio show.

A final note on the overall sound, by zappateers pbuzby again (precise and sharp as usual!): “In the Mark Pinske interview he said FZ described these early digital tapes as sounding like having darts thrown at your head.”

It was the first tour to use a digital recording equipment, it was a two-tracks one with a really peculiar sound, I do hope more is on the way.

Pick me, I’m clean, it is the 50th Mothers Day!

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