What's in a Name?
By the time Freak Out!
was edited and shaped into an album Wilson had spent twenty-five or thrity tousand dollars of MGM's money
- a rediculous sum in those days, even for a double LP
, (in fact I believe Freak out!
was the first
rock double LP.)
We were then informed that they couldn't release the record - MGM executive
s had convinced themselves that no DJ
would ever play a record on the air
by a group called "The Mothers"
(as if our name was going to be The Big Problem
They insisted that we change
it, and so the stock line is:
"Out of Necessity, we became the Mothers of Invention."
by "The Mothers of Invention"
finally hit the street
. Listeners at the time were convinced that I was up to my eye-brows in chemical refreshment. No way. As a matter of fact, I had several arguments whith they guys in the band who were
into 'consciousness altering entertainment products
'. The whole thing blew up at a band
meeting when Herb Cohen wanted to get rid of Mark Cheka. Cohen said we couldn't continue to give Mark a percentage, but he wanted to take over since, basically, Mark didn't know squat
about management business.
"Well, as long as we're cleaning house here,"
some of the guys though, "Let's get rid of that Zappa asshole too."
, some members of the band
wanted me to go away and leave them alone
because (don't laugh
) I wasn't using drugs
line of the meeting was delivered by Ray Collins:
"You need to go to Big Sur and take acid with someone who believes in God."
This is an excerpt from The Real Frank Zappa Book
by Frank Zappa
and Peter Occhiogrosso. This is a wonderful book, for anyone, whether you are a Frank Zappa
fan or not, whether you love
the guy or think he is a sick
artist, the book
is great, and I suggest it to anyone