Until last night I’d never seen footage of Frank Zappa‘s 3.27.63 visit to the Steve Allen Show to demonstrate how bicycles can be used as musical instruments. It’s a four-parter — here’s part 1, part 3 and part 4. Zappa was 23 at the time of taping. A year later he formed a band that gradually became the Mothers of Invention.
The only Mothers song I ever really listened to was “Dirty Love.” A band that I played drums with briefly adopted Dog Breath, a Zappa term, as a name. (At the time it was a fairly obscure composition.)