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Viva Zappa

If you ever wondered what Frank Zappa was like before the mustache, before the soul patch, before “Zoot Allures,” gaze at this clip for a little while and be amazed at how square Steve Allen was when confronted with true genius. And, since the weather has turned nasty, remember: “Don’t you eat that yellow snow.”


14 comments on “Viva Zappa

  1. John W. Howell
    December 13, 2014

    Didn’t realize Steve was such an attention hog.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2014

      Yeah, it gets a little embarrassing, doesn’t it?

  2. 7128788elf
    December 13, 2014

    Thanks for blogging this, I had heard about this, but have never heard or seen the interview, what jolly good fun, despite Steve Allen, I know lots of people that would love this so will re-blog it and share it on my Facebook page, Best wishes Charles.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2014

      Thank you, Charles! I think Zappa comes across as the more interesting figure here & just wish he would have been allowed to spread his wings a little more.

      • 7128788elf
        December 14, 2014

        Yes, it is amazing that at such an early age, he had such insight and knowledge of exactly what he wanted to do, I have always thought of Zappa as a late 60’s early 70’s musician, but it seems he goes back for further. A very interesting character and it would have been wonderful to hear more from him. Charles.

  3. 7128788elf
    December 13, 2014

    Reblogged this on charles1958.

  4. 1WriteWay
    December 14, 2014

    This was very cool. Thanks for sharing, Kevin. We got to watch the first 12 minutes (my laptop has issues with the plugin …). I love how Zappa just carries on, in good humor, against Allen’s bumbling attempts to one-up him.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2014

      Yeah, Frank comes across as a pretty classy guy here. And knowing how he evolved after this is fascinating.

  5. Sharon K.
    December 14, 2014

    Zappa. The genius for whom the hipster look worked.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2014

      Yes, he was truly the ur-hipster.

      Thanks for chiming in, Sharon!

  6. Helena Hann-Basquiat
    December 16, 2014

    Oh, Kevin, my kindred spirit! Love this clip — I’ve seen it before but loved seeing it again. Just picked up the new 180g vinyl of Apostrophe and have been enjoying the crap out of it. Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce play on a few of the tracks, and they’re brilliant. One of my prize possessions in my record collection is a first pressing of Hot Rats.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 16, 2014

      I thought this post might be Helena bait! Man, I have to see that record collection of yours someday…

      • Helena Hann-Basquiat
        December 16, 2014

        Sadly it’s not what it once was thanks to a couple of disasters, but I am rebuilding

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 17, 2014

        Only a couple of disasters? Man, you’re doin’ alright! 😜

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