Willie the Pimp – Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart

What a combination – two of my favourites together! Captain Beefheart was always my favourite but Zappa came close.

This is off the fabulous Hot Rats album

“Willie The Pimp”

I’m a little pimp with my hair gassed back
Pair a khaki pants with my shoe shined black

Got a little lady . . . walk the street
Tellin’ all the boys that she cain’t be beat

Twenny dollah bill (I can set you straight)
Meet me onna corner boy ‘n don’t be late

Man in a suit with a bow-tie neck
Wanna buy a grunt with a third party check

Standin’ onna porch of the Lido Hotel
Floozies in the lobby love the way I sell:


The Muffin Men at the Adelphi Hull – Photos

Frank Zappa is sadly lost but this bunch do a pretty good job of keeping the music alive. They are not so much a tribute band as a unique interpretation.

If you want sacrilegious music played with good-time gusto and great skill, with that element of satire that made Zappa so great then this is your band.

A superb bunch of musicians. They got the audience up on their feet dancing, engaged the brain with the Zappa lyrics, were zany and did the music justice without being precious about it.

The highlight for me was a great version of Cosmic Debris.

My Favourite Protest Songs – Frank Zappa – Plastic People

Within the satire and craziness is a real commentary aimed at the sterility of the plastic, conforming universe created by mankind.

“Plastic People”

Ladies & Gentelmen . . . the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES!

Fella Americans . . .
DOOT, DOOT, DOOT . . . DOOT . . .
He’s been sick.
(Teet-Teet . . . Teet-Teet . . . Teet-Teet . . . Teet-Teet-Teet)
And I think his wife is gonna bring him some chicken soup.
DOOT, DOOT (Teet-Teet)

Plastic people
Oh baby, now . . .
You’re such a drag

(I know it’s hard to defend an unpopular policy every once in a while . . . )

Plastic people
Oh baby, now
You’re such a drag

(And there’s this guy from the CIA and he’s creeping around Laurel Canyon . . . )

A fine little girl
She waits for me
She’s as plastic
As she can be
She paints her face
With plastic goo
And wrecks her hair
With some shampoo

Plastic people
Oh baby, now
You’re such a drag

(I dunno . . . sometimes I just get tired of ya, honey . . . it’s – Ah – your hair spray . . . or something.)

Plastic people
Oh baby!
You’re such a drag

(I hear the sound of marching feet . . . down Sunset Blvd. to Crescent Heights, and there, at Pandora’s Box, we are confronted with . . . a vast quantity of PLASTIC PEOPLE.)

Take a day
And walk around
Watch the nazis
Run your town
Then go home
And check yourself
You think we’re singing
‘Bout someone else . . . but you’re

Plastic people!
Oh baby, now . . .
You’re such a drag

Ooo-Ooo-Ooo Ooo-Ooo-Ooo Ooo-Ooo-Ooo Ooooooooh!

Me see a neon
Moon above
I searched for years
I found no love
I’m sure that love
Will never be
A product of
A product of
A product of

A prune is a vegetable . . . no, a prune is not a vegetable. Cabbage is a vegetable . . . makes it O.K. PLASTIC PEOPLE . . . PLASTIC PEOPLE, PLASTIC PEOPLE!
Ooo-Hoo-Hoo . . . Ooo-ooh-ooh-ooh Hoo-Hoo
Ooh-ooh Ooh-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo

You are. Your foot. Your hair. Your nose. Your arms. You eat. Youc suck. You love. You are. Your being is . . . you’re PLASTIC . . . PEOPLE . . . BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH . . . plastic pepples . . . [?]
You drive. You live in. You dream about . . . you think only of . . . you eat . . . you are . . . pepples . . . plastic . . . plastic pepples . . .
Purple prancing. Plastic people. Every pepples . . .

Peep-peep Pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-peep!

My Favourite Protest Songs – Frank Zappa – What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?

Frank always put a big dollop of humour on his social concern. This was aimed at that grey hypocritical society that hated individualism and nonconformity – land of the free.

“What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?”

What’s the ugliest
Part of your body?
What’s the ugliest
Part of your body?
Some say your nose
Some say your toes
(I think it’s your mind)
But I think it’s YOUR MIND
(Your mind)
I think it’s your mind, woo woo


Where did Annie go
When she went to town?
Who are all those creeps
That she brings around?




Frank Zappa – It can’t happen here!

Good old Frank he always summed things up succinctly!

Freak out was one of those great albums that came out in 1966. A blast of weirdness. There is nobody quite like Frank.  How do you categorise music like this? This blew minds!

The song was a warning. It was highlighting the fact that a new culture was being born. The young were out of control and doing something else – they were not part of the establishment any more. They did not buy into the American Dream.

Unfortunately the ‘new culture’ became a fashion.

It did happen. Then it didn’t.

I thought the song was appropriate right now because a different ‘It can’t Happen Here’ is happening – a lot more scary.

It Can’t Happen Here

Frank Zappa

It can’t happen here
It can’t happen here
I’m telling you, my dear
That it can’t happen here
Because I been checkin’ it out, baby
I checked it out a couple a times, hmmmmmmmm

And I’m telling you
It can’t happen here
Oh darling, it’s important that you believe me
(bop bop bop bop)
That it can’t happen here

Who could imagine that they would freak out somewhere in kansas…
Kansas kansas tototototodo
Kansas kansas tototototodo
Kansas kansas
Who could imagine that they would freak out in minnesota…
Mimimimimimimi minnesota, minnesota, minnesota
Who could imagine…

Who could imagine
That they would freak out in washington, d.c.
D.c. d.c. d.c. d.c. d.c.
It can’t happen here
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
It can’t happen here
It can’t happen here
Everybody’s safe and it can’t happen here
No freaks for us
It can’t happen here
Everybody’s clean and it can’t happen here
No, no, it won’t happen here
I’m telling you it can’t
It won’t happen here
(bop bop didi bop didi bop bop bop)
Plastic folks, you know
It won’t happen here
You’re safe, mama
You’re safe, baby
You just cook a tv dinner
And you make it
(bop bop bop)
No no no no
Oh, we’re gonna get a tv dinner and cook it up
Go get a tv dinner and cook it up
Cook it up
Oh, and it won’t happen here
(no no no no no no no no no no no
Man you guys are really safe
Everything’s cool).
Who could imagine
Who could imagine
That they would freak out in the suburbs
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
They had a swimming pool
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
They had a swimming pool
I remember (tu-tu)
I remember (tu-tu)
They had a swimming pool.

And they thought it couldn’t happen here
(duh duh duh duh duh)
They knew it couldn’t happen here
They were so sure it couldn’t happen here

Yes yes yes–i’ve always felt that
Yes I agree man, it really makes it…yeah…
It’s a real thing, man
And it really makes it
(makes it)

Suzie, you just got to town,
And we’ve been, we’ve been very interested
In your development,
Since you first took the shots.
Forget it!
(it can’t happen here)
(can’t happen here)
(can’t happen here)

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Three Day Quote challenge

Thanks for PoojaG at Life’s fine whine for nominating me for a few quotes! I’m always up for sorting a few quotes


Quote 1 – Roy Harper – In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.

Quote 2 – Captain Beefheart – We’re all colored, or you wouldn’t be able to see anyone.

Quote 3 – Frank Zappa – There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

Well that will do for starters. Three of my favourite people.

Quote 11 – Frank Zappa – A voice of intelligence and sanity.

‘Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.’
‘I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.’
‘There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.’
Frank was a one off genius.
I could fill a whole blog on his perceptive sayings.
He wasn’t always right but he had an original view right from the beginning.
You can’t categorise him

I nominate the following to take up the challenge of providing up to three quotes a day for three days:Nadine – who wants to start a revolution


Plato who writes divine poetry, has a beautiful voice, does great jazz and is a genius :


and Rich and Lou who make sublime music both as a duo and in a band (The Electric Company), take brilliant award winning photos and grow auriculars!


These are my six books of poetry. They are available as paperback or on Kindle from Amazon – all for under £5 for a paperback. You could buy the whole lot for just £27.62!!

They are not conventional poetry books. They are like you find on my blog with a page of explanatory prose followed by the poem. The prose is as important as the poem to me.

Codas, Cadence and Clues – £4.97


Stanzas and Stances – £5.59


Poems and Peons – £4.33


Rhymes and Reasons – £3.98


Prose, Cons and Poetry – £4.60


Vice and Verse – £4.15


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In America:


In all other countries around the world check out your regional Amazon site and Opher Goodwin books.

Opher’s Book Recommendations – Rock Music.

I thought I’d better start doing a bit of marketing to encourage people to purchase my books. It seems a good idea to have readers for my words.

These four books are the ones I would recommend to read for anyone interested in my Rock Music.

These are the links to Amazon UK:

In Search of Captain Beefheart




Rock Routes





Tributes to Rock Geniuses




537 Essential Rock Albums pt1



Rock Music – Big Band Jump Blues & R & B Shouters

Rock Routes

This is an extract from my book. It is a book that is comprehensive and titillating. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else.

Big Band Jump Blues & R & B Shouters


This was another ranch of R & B that gave rise to another style of early Rock ‘n’ Roll. It reached it’s peak between 1945-56 and fed into mainstream Rock ‘n’ Roll, influencing Elvis Presley and Bill Haley.

This Big Band sound evolved out of the big Jazz Bands of the 1940s. These combos set about adding an R&B beat and merging it with Boogie Woogie and Swing. It was a wide diverse style. At one end of the scale there was the swinging freeform Be-Bop of Charlie ‘The Bird’ Parker and other luminaries of Jack Kerouac’s 1950s Beat Jazz era. At the other end there was the Blues Shouting of Wyonie Harris and Roy Brown.

The music was ‘Good Time’ music and one of the first forms of R&B to prove commercially successful with white audiences.

The whole scene was dominated by ‘larger than life’ colourful characters – Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Gatemouth Brown, Bullmoose Jackson, H-Bomb Ferguson, Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown and Laverne Baker on labels such as the Savoy. H-Bomb Ferguson produced ‘Rock H-Bomb Rock’ as early as 1951. Both Roy Brown and Wyonie Harris produced ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ covered by Elvis Presley.

Another branch of R&B came out of the Specialty label with Louis Jordan. This was lighter and used a lot more humour. Louis had a string of big hits with songs such as Caldonia, Saturday Night at the Fish Fry, and Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie. His was a style that went on to influence Bill Haley.

Bill Haley, coming out of Country & Western, rocked it up with a lot of showmanship and incorporated any other R&B he could find, including ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’ from Joe Turner and ‘See you later alligator’ – Bobby Charles.

These bands were very large with many instruments including saxophones, trumpets, piano, drums, clarinets, and electric guitars. They came out of the Mid-West and most were signed to the Savoy Label and their sound can be heard on a series of albums starting with ‘Honkers and Shouters’.


Artist Stand out tracks
Roy Brown Good Rockin tonight

Rockin’ at midnight

Hard luck blues

Miss Fanny Brown

Wynonie Harris Good Rockin’ tonight

Good morning judge

All she wants to do is rock

Sittin’ on it all the time

Blood shot eyes

Gatemouth Brown Okie Dokie stomp

Mary is fine

Bullmoose Jackson I want a bow-legged woman

I can’t go on without you

H-Bomb Ferguson Rock H-bomb Rock

Hard Lovin’ woman

Big Maybelle Whole lotta shakin’ going on


Louis Jordan Saturday night fish-fry

Choo Choo Ch-boogie


Ain’t nobody here but us chickens

Is you is or is you aint my baby

Let the good times roll

I like ‘em fat like that

Open the door Richard

Don’t let the sun catch you crying

Aint it just like a woman

Rock ‘n’ Roll – extract from my book Rock Routes.

IMG_6343 Rock Routes

Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

Rock ‘n’ Roll is nothing more than black Rhythm & Blues played by white musicians with a bit of Country & Western thrown in for good measure. There are exceptions to this but this definition allows us to see the complicated interwoven relationship that exists between the music that became known as Rock ‘n’ Roll and its black cousin Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. Throughout their short evolution the two styles have become so closely associated that it is almost impossible to distinguish one from the other. Indeed there is a great deal of confusion as to which type of music an artist is playing within the confines of a single performance or album.

Does it matter?

Not really. It only matters if you want to explore the various avenues that lead to the stuff you love.

You might find a few more things to get enthusiastic about.

You may get to understand why you appreciate it.

It is possible to trace the roots of Rock music right back to the 18th and 19th centuries with the introduction of African rhythms and beat to the European Folk Tradition. This was a meeting of spirits that was to reach fruition in the Southern States of America, particularly New Orleans in Louisiana and Memphis Tennessee. It was a merger that first gave rise to Country Blues, Cajun and Gospel. It led to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk and Country Boogie. In the early part of the 1950s it gave birth to a vigorous hybrid that came to be known the world over as Rock ‘n’ Roll.

It took the world by storm and altered all our lives. It was a revolution. It was strongly allied to the prevailing youth culture of teenagers that emerged after World War 2.

The very name itself set the whole tone for everything that followed. It was coined by Alan Freed who borrowed it from the black slang for sex. It set generation against generation and rocked the world. It instigated a sexual revolution and social change on unheard of proportions. It upset the prevailing racial and gender attitudes and provoked the move to equality and freedom that prevails today. It set in motion a climate of questioning that altered the deferential way people thought about politicians.

The moment Elvis shook his hips the world would never be the same. Even Elvis did not have a clue that would happen. He was as bemused as everyone else. It took on a life of its own. It was powerful.


To understand where it began and where it went we have to go back to the very beginning. The story of Rock begins with the fusing of the two cultural traditions in the latter part of the 19th century to produce a new type of music that we now refer to as Country Blues. This was first written about by W C Handy who recalls hearing a black musician playing this style of music at the railway station in Tutwiler Mississippi in 1903. He was playing an old guitar by running up and down the frets with a penknife. W C Handy was hearing Country Blues, bottle-neck style, for the first time. He was captivated.