Download live Hampton Grease Band from 1970/71, coz the world needs more Grease!

The Hampton Grease Band’s sole album, 1971’s sprawling double LP, Music To Eat, stands as the finest document of Post-Psychedelic, long form, Southern Fried Experimental Cosmic/Comic Jazz Rock spew, to dare walk the line between The Mothers of Invention and the Allman Brothers. Not surprisingly both acts were also fans of the Grease Band’s complex structures and twisted humor, with Zappa signing the band to Bizarre/Straight Records (for an unrecorded album, as the group disbanded shortly thereafter), and the Allman Brothers recognizing their talents after sharing the stage at various Atlanta based gigs. So…take music that is somehow undeniably Southern in nature and tightly arranged but exploratory in form, add a healthy dose of the playfulness and wit of early Zappa with the Surrealist/Dada inspired lyricism of Don Van Vliet, underpinned by a band both as tight as either The Mothers or Magic Band, but as comfortably loose as the best, lost to history, juke joint combo to ever sweat it out on the chitlin circuit, and you’ve kinda got an idea of the magic of the Grease Band, and it’s captain, Col. Bruce Hampton.

Here’s a gig recorded at The Atlanta Sports Arena. After a little research, I’m uncertain of the year. According to a clip below, Bruce thinks it’s 1969, and I’ve seen 1970 listed as a possibility, but I received it attributed to 1971. Dates aside, this is clearly a stellar example of the Grease Band’s many skills. (edited with corrected info here) Guitarist Harold Kelling departure turned the Grease Band into a single guitar group, with Glenn Phillips deftly taking the reigns with bursts of Sonny Sharrock levels of intensity combined with melodic sensibility. Playing the smoother vocal foil to Bruce’s raspy, intense delivery, are , I believe, the aforementioned Kelling and drummer, Jerry Fields. The set gives perhaps an even greater look at the influences which spawned the band, with a gamut of sounds even more diverse than the album, including a fairly traditional read of Roger Miller’s, King of The Road, and a balls out Rock Around The Clock. Suffice it to say, fans of Music To Eat, starved for further evidence of Grease Band genius, are gonna wanna stuff themselves sick on this psychedelic smorgasbord.

Also, I’d be remiss to not state my belief that Sun City Girls and the Meat Puppets must have imbibed numerous chemical/natural concoctions while baking in the Arizona sun listening to Music To Eat.

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Here’s an interview from 1971, and a couple of other live tracks of unknown origin, including a Hendon that turns into the Andy Griffith theme.

Also, this 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival set was uploaded to youtube just last week, and may be the best of all. “What do you need Rock festivals for when you’ve got that up in Atlanta?”

Last but not least, a couple of clips from the Basically Frightened, Bruce Hampton documentary…

Post-Grease Band awesomeness, The New Ice Age. Have you ever had sex with Durward Kirby?!


Okay, fine, fer shurr, fer shurr… happy birthday, Moon Unit Zappa

“We’re talking Lord, God, King Bu-Fu.”

Let’s hope she found some jeans to fit her butt, and somewhere to get her toenails cut…

An MTV promo with dad…

Judging a Valley Girl contest, on Real People…

Her brief appearance as Rusty’s love interest in European Vacation.

Kim Fowley: The AMAZING Ugly Things interview

Thanks to Mike Stax for posting this to the internet, in the light of Kim’s passing. Even if you think you have no interest in him, this interview is an engrossing and hilarious read. With Kim going a mile a minute, the interview format is largely moot. Every story is merely a touching off point for Kim’s vast experiences. Names aren’t so much dropped, as bombed, and these are BIG names. Additionally, interviewer Mike Stax is able to wrest out some info on Kim’s lesser known productions, for the true Fowleyphile.

and how did I forget this gem in my previous post?

Happy Birthday To Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew led his talents to Frank Zappa, Talking Heads AND Tom Tom Club, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and scores of others, but it’s his three LP run in the early eighties with King Crimson, with which his name is most widely associated. Robert Fripp dissolved Crimson in 1974, which is how it remained until 1981, when he recruited Belew, Bill Bruford and Tony Levin for the trio of LP’s, Discipline, Beat, and Three of A Perfect Pair. The hiatus and new lineup served King Crimson well, as the band redefined it’s very period specific Prog, into a contemporary powerhouse that still appealed to fans of their original sound. Belew’s nimble playing and distinct vocal delivery came to exemplify that era of King Crimson’s sound.

I had the privilege of seeing the Adrian Belew Trio, maybe 6 or so years ago, and they were great, and Belew was very personable. On the other hand, I saw a Fripp solo performance a year or two later and left after twenty minutes.

Happy birthday to a genius of Modern Avant Composition, Edgard Varese

Coincidental that Varese afficionado, Frank Zappa’s, birthday is the day before Varese’s. It was Zappa’s recommendation that led me to search out Varese’s work as a teenager.
His most famous composition

Everybody moves to New York and goes to a birthday party with Warren Cuccurullo

The man who at 22 got a gig with Frank Zappa by allegedly knowing hot to play guitar to EVERY song in his catalog, which is highly impressive when you realize how demanding a taskmaster Zappa was, how complex his arrangements were, and how vast his catalog was by 1978.
Of course I’ll introduce you to Warren

By 1980 Cuccurullo and fellow Zappa ex-pats Terry and Dale Bozzio, formed Missing Persons. The band’s style seemed tailor made for the burgeoning video music era and soon took over MTV with such hits Words, Destination Unknown, Walking In LA, Windows, and more.
I love everything about Missing Persons. Dale Bozzio was the perfect front woman for the time, with her high pitched yelps and risque fashion forward sense (Lady Gaga has definitely copped plays from Dale’s playbook) and the band were, obviously, beyond talented and tight. Even today, when I hear them I’m transported to simpler times, and always with a smile on my face.

This cut remained unreleased until a 2002 collection, and it’s so good!

their US festival set!