Burnt Weeny Sandwich
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION SINCERELY REGRET TO INFORM YOU
- Frank Zappa guitar, vocals
- Lowell George guitar, vocals
- Roy Estrada bass, vocals
- Don Preston keyboards, Minimoog
- Ian Underwood keyboards, clarinet, piano
- Buzz Gardner trumpet
- Bunk Gardner woodwinds
- Motorhead Sherwood saxophone, vocals
- Jimmy Carl Black drums, trumpet, vocals
- Art Tripp drums, percussion
- Sugar Cane Harris violin solo on Little House I Used To Live In
- Gabby Furggy (Janet Ferguson) sings "Dit-Dit-Doo-Way-Doo" on WPLJ
- WPLJ (02:53)
- Igor's Boogie, Phase One (00:36)
- Overture To A Holiday In Berlin (01:27)
- Theme From "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" (04:32)
- Igor's Boogie, Phase Two (00:36)
- Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown (06:24)
- Aybe Sea (02:46)
- Little House I Used To Live In (18:42)
- Valarie (03:14)
By this point, listeners got the idea of meat vs. vegetables Call Any Vegetable, Mr. Green Genes, etc.): active people vs. passive ones, and real music vs. numb consumerism. When discussing Absolutely Free with an interviewer from the International Times in 1967, Frank said that “people, even if they are inactive, apathetic or unconcerned at this point, can be motivated toward a more useful sort of existence. I believe that if you call any vegetable, then it will respond to you.” In addition to a few album titles from this period, including Sandwich of course, references to meat can be found in song titles, present and future (The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue and Things That Look Like Meat, for example).
Of course, this album title mainly refers to the sandwiched song order: Old R&B covers open and close the album.
On the back cover is a picture taken by Cal Schenkel of Ian Underwood pretending to eat a shoe or boot. A thought cloud comes from his temple: “God! This is a tasty little sucker!” It’s a reference to Mr. Green Genes from Uncle Meat (“Eat your shoes”). The picture comes from the Mothers’ September-October 1968 European tour.
Frank chose the front album cover long after it had been designed by Cal in early 1967; the “crucified on technology” sculpture was originally concocted in the Zappas’ New York apartment on Charles Street for an Eric Dolphy album that was never released.
See also: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (The Film).
|ZFT #||Version #||# discs||Format||Catalog #|| Release
|1||LP|| Warner Bizarre/Reprise
|1970-02-09||None||Cal Schenkel, John Williams|| US edition. Matrix # Side1:|
RS-6370-A 30975 - 1B
RS-6370-B 30976 - 1B
|Unknown||1||LP|| Barking Pumpkin
|1986-11-25||Included in The Old Masters, Box II set.|
|1||CD|| Barking Pumpkin
|1995-05-02||0014431050923||US edition. Matrix # IFPI L501 IFPI 8725 DISCTRONICS RCD 10509 03|
|2001-09-21||4988112412668||Japanese edition, mini-album papersleeve.|