What I wanted to do is put out a twelve-record set. Then we did a cost breakdown on doing that and in order to press 10,000 of each of the twelve records, plus coverage—it would come to about a quarter of a million dollars. Now anybody who would invest a quarter of a million dollars in any Mothers of Invention project on a record level has got to be desperate. So we just tossed that one into the garbage can.
What I've been doing is ripping up the twelve albums, which were already edited—I had them ready to go. Chopping them up and I put together a new album called Weasels Ripped My Flesh—the cover of which is right here. So Weasels Ripped My Flesh is an all-live album. Most of the music on it—I'd say 80% of it—is group improvisation not just accompaniment with solos, but where the group was conducted into a spontaneous piece of music.
NEON PARK was working as a poster artist with the Family Dog, a San Francisco design group, when he got a call from Frank Zappa asking him to come down to Los Angeles. Zappa had seen the drawings Park had done for a group called Dancing Food and wanted him to paint the jacket for the next Mothers of Invention record. At their meeting, Zappa showed Park a magazine cover. "It was one of those men's magazines like "Saga"," says Park.
"The cover story was 'Weasels Ripped My Flesh' and it was the adventure of a guy, naked to the waist, who was in water. The water was swarming with weasals, and they were all kind of climbing on him and biting him. So Frank said, 'This is it. What can you do that's worse than this?' And the rest is history."
Park's painting, for which he was paid $250, almost didn't see the light of day. Zappa butted heads with Warner Bros. over its suitability for release. "Evidently," says Park, "there was quite a confrontation that occurred over this cover. It wasn't up to their standards." Even after Warner Bros. finally consented to use it, there were problems. "The printer was greatly offended," says Park. "The girl who worked for him, his assistant, she wouldn't touch the painting. She wouldn't pick it up with her hands." Zappa and Park, meanwhile were tickled silly by the brouhaha: "I was greatly amused by the cover, and so was Frank," says Park. I mean, we giggled alot."
Eight months after Weasels Ripped My Flesh, the title story of Man's Life was Chewed To Bits By Giant Turtles.
Read all about it—and download the whole story—at Men's Adventures Magazines.
The cover story of True Men (8/57) was Flying Rodents Ripped My Flesh! See.
I think Vampires Ripped My Flesh (Man's Life, 3/56) has already been mentioned here.
DIDJA GET ANY ONYA was recorded live at the Philadelphia Arena.
According to Courier (2002) the title of the opening track on Weazels Ripped my Flesh (Zappa 1970) 'Didja get on ya' is a Bruce routine, which also becomes a line in Thing Fish.
PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A SEXUALLY AROUSED GAS MASK was recorded live at Festival Hall in London.
Chemistry was my first interest. My father used to bring home whatever he could steal from his job at the Edgewood Medical Center (Maryland) and I would experiment with it. Edgewood is where the government manufactured poison gas for the war, and because of that everybody had to own and know how to use gas masks. That was my other toy.
[...] Being a naturally curious person, I punctured the canister in the gas mask. I used to run around with it on my head. I thought it was a space helmet.
One of the Zappateers (The Bastard Son, I think) has identified the ending of Gas Mask on WRMF as coming from the circulating Miami February 69 show - I think it is right before the second part of Toads.
The first part of TOADS OF THE SHORT FOREST was cut at Whitney Studios in Glendale. The second half [...] was recorded at Thee Image in Miami.
Name and Address of Place of Engagement
LIVE AT THEE IMAGE
MAY 17, 1968
No. of Minutes
TITLES OF TUNES
TOADS OF THE SHORT FOREST
UNDERWOOD, IAN R.
GARDNER, JOHN L.
ESTRADA, ROY R.
JIMMYMR JAMES C.
TRIPP, ARTHUR D.
PRESTON, DONALD W.
GET A LITTLE was recorded live at the Factory in the Bronx.
I found this recording session contract where confirms that "Get A Little" was recorded on Feb. 28, 1969 at The Factory-NYC.
I found a couple of references by Bronx residents to the fact that the same club had been known as The Factory and as Fantasy East. The name change must have taken place between February 1969 (when the MOI played The Factory) and October 1969 (when Dr. John played Fantasy East).
The club was located at 4653 White Plains Rd. at 241st St.
DWARF NEBULA PROCESSIONAL MARCH AND DWARF NEBULA was cut at Apostolic Studios in New York.
MY GUITAR WANTS TO KILL YOUR MAMA is the original version from Criteria Stduios in Miami with final overdubs at T.T.G. and Whitney.
[...] was cut at Apostolic Studios in New York, along with OH NO.
The composition came first. And the "Oh No" lyrics were written in response to the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."
THE ORANGE COUNTY LUMBER TRUCK was recorded live at Festival Hall.
Brian [Wilson] had come by my place in Santa Monica after a session at Brother Studio, (he & Dennis both loved playing this upright that my Grandma had given me, that I trucked out from Brooklyn), and, after he finished playing for awhile, I asked him if he'd heard this track of Zappa's that I loved, called "The Orange County Lumber Truck." He slipped on my headphones, but after a matter of seconds, he ripped them from his head and screamed, "Aaargh, devil music!"
WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH was recorded live at a concert in Birmingham (England).
Additional informant: Javier Al FrescoSite maintained by Román García Albertos