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December 26, 2012

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Oliver_C

R.I.P. too, TV puppeteer Gerry Anderson -- the man who was offered *$750,000* by Hollywood simply to utter a few words of endorsement for the live-action movie adaptation of his signature series 'Thunderbirds', a project which Anderson had had nothing to do with.

Not only did he refuse, he correctly described the adaptation as "the biggest load of crap I have ever seen in my entire life."

Petey

You can't, really, cuz I do love the flick Some Came Running, but you ought to change the name of the blog to 200 Motels...

(Truly an under-rated movie.)

andy

Gerry Anderson! Speaking of Herbert Lom, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun is a nifty little flick.

Shawn Stone

Cue up "America Drinks and Goes Home." My favorite Zappa vocalist.

Wagesovfeare

Thanks Glenn! Key voices from formative years need to be remembered. It's how we got here and why laugh so much and pay so much attention to stuff that makes other folks go "Who cares?" Zappa was paying some serious attention and Ray was part of that moment that lifted us from buying all that stuff they told was "Absolutely Free."

PS: Can you believe you still hear that phrase on the radio to hawk stuff???? Sheesh. RAY RIP

David Ehrenstein

As I trust you know, Glenn, th world's biggest Zappa fan is Wong Kar Wai.

Petey

The thing that always amazes me is there was a year or so, sometime around the Bicentennial, where the two Most Important Bands in the nation were Zappa's outfit and George Clinton's outfit.

I think we can safely say that was the apogee of the American musical scene...

Shawn Stone

Thanks, David.

"'Caravan' with a drumsola? Yeah, we'll do that."

Matthew Blankman (@blankemon)

The thing is, if it had been a decade earlier, Zappa and Collins surely could have been very successful as purveyors of doo-wop flavored pop. Hell, "Memories of El Monte" proves that to a point. Not only did Collins have the vocal chops, but Zappa really could write strong pop melodies when he wanted to (which wasn't often).

preston

Hey Glenn,

Don't know if you've seen it but there is a pretty interesting doc on Fandor called 'From Straight to Bizarre' about Zappa and Herb Cohen's record labels and those who recorded for them. Kinda long but informative.

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