Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Zappadan 2012 - Day 8 - Mom and Dad from We're Only in it for the Money

Frank wrote this song a full two years before the Kent State incident, so the video is a bit misleading. I suppose there were a number of events in '67 and '68 to inspire him, although I wouldn't discount prophesy as being among his many talents.

See The Iranian Redneck if you like watermelon.


  1. I have to admit I haven't been as rabidly celebrating Zappadan this year...perhaps a protest to the commercialization of the sacred holiday? I tend to try to post stuff from time to time through out the year...after all what do you expect from a blog called The Brain Police? But I have been posting entire concerts this year to celebrate.
    I remember when We're Only In It For The Money came out. It was a dense and difficult piece of work, but around the same time, he released Lumpy Gravy. On Gravy he was able to employ some of the very best studio musicians around and challenge them to do things even they believed were impossible. You should check out Teddy Tedesco's memories of his work on that record.
    He certainly showed an acute prescience of the trends in American society and politics. Trouble Comin' Everyday , about the Watts Riots, remains one of the greatest psychic protest songs ever written....with one of the most burningest guitar breaks on record at the time.....

    1. I'm right with ya on Trouble Comin' Every Day.

    2. I'm pretty sure you mean the great LA studio musician, TOMMY Tedesco.
      Tommy probably played on more records out of LA than anyone during his days. He was able to play almost any fretted string instrument even though he didn't actually play them as say a mandolin player would. His secret: he used the same tuning as the guitar instead of the instrument's intended, standard tuning. He was a great player and a great guy.

      orlin sellers

    3. Of course you got his name right....I have been a great fan of his for many years...ever see him with Martin Mulls great late night style talk show spoof, Fernwood 2Night where he played in the4 house band, Happy Kyne's Mirth Makers as Tommy Marinucci, the ex con guitar wizard...from what I gathered from Tedesco's columns in Guitar Player, he was the actual musical arranger for Fernwood. All you have to do is look at his bio to know what a grand role he played in American pop music...The Wrecking Crew!