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(Euclid James) Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood, a.k.a. [[Larry Fanoga]] (Arkansas City, KS, May 8, 1942 - December 25, 2011) is an American singer, saxofonist and tambourine player.
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[[File:Jim Motorhead Sherwood.jpg|350px|thumb|right|Jim Motorhead Sherwood performing in 1968 during a BBC recording with Zappa and the Mothers.]]
  
He met Frank Zappa in high school in 1956, occasionally sat in with - then joined - [[The Blackouts]] (after Zappa moved to [[Ontario]]), stayed (with Zappa) in [[Studio Z]] for about six months, and joined [[The Mothers]] Of Invention; first as a roadie for the [[Garrick Theater]] run, later as a musician.
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'''(Euclid James) Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood''', a.k.a. [[Larry Fanoga]] (Arkansas City, KS, May 8, 1942 - December 25, 2011) was an American singer, saxofonist, dancer and tambourine player. He was a member of [[The Mothers]] during the late 1960s. His nickname ''Motorhead'' was inspired by [[Chuck Higgins]]' song ''Motorhead Baby''.  
  
Sherwood: ''"Frank used to sit out on the front lawn at the high school...when I was a Freshman and he was [a] Sophomore...and play guitar most of the time. I found out later on that [[Bobby Zappa]] was in one of my classes. Bobby found out that I collected Blues records and he introduced me to Frank."''  
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==Early biography==
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[[File:Jim Sherwood Money.jpg|350px|thumb|right|Jim Motorhead Sherwood in the sleeve of ''[[We're Only In It For The Money]]''.]]
  
Motorhead provided soprano & baritone sax, tambourine, 'snorks', and/or vocal for [[Freak Out!]], [[We're Only In It For The Money]], [[Lumpy Gravy]], [[Cruising With Ruben & The Jets]], [[Uncle Meat]], [[Burnt Weeny Sandwich]], [[Weasels Ripped My Flesh]], [[You Are What You Is]], [[Thing-Fish]], [[You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1]], [[You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4]], [[You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5]], [[Ahead Of Their Time]], [[Civilization Phaze III]], [[Läther]], and [[Mystery Disc]] (playing guitar); also for the [[Beat The Boots]] series disks [[The Ark (BTB)|The Ark]], [['Tis The Season To Be Jelly (BTB)|'Tis The Season To Be Jelly]], [[Electric Aunt Jemima (BTB)|Electric Aunt Jemima]], and [[Our Man In Nirvana (BTB)|Our Man In Nirvana]].
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Sherwood met Frank Zappa in high school in 1956. As he explained himself: ''"Frank used to sit out on the front lawn at the high school...when I was a Freshman and he was [a] Sophomore...and play guitar most of the time. I found out later on that [[Bobby Zappa]] was in one of my classes. Bobby found out that I collected Blues records and he introduced me to Frank."''  
  
His performance can be seen in the Zappa movies [[200 Motels (The Film)|200 Motels]], [[Uncle Meat (The Film)|Uncle Meat]], [[The Amazing Mr. Bickford]], [[Video From Hell]] and [[The True Story Of 200 Motels]].
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Sherwood joined [[The Blackouts]]. He stayed with Zappa in [[Studio Z]] for about six months, before joining [[The Mothers]], first as a roadie for the [[Garrick Theater]], eventually as a musician. In 1963 his girlfriend [[Sharva]] inspired the song ''[[Charva]]''.
  
[[Ruben And The Jets]]
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==The Mothers of Invention==
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Sherwood provided soprano & baritone sax, tambourine, 'snorks', and/or vocals for ''[[Freak Out!]], [[We're Only In It For The Money]], [[Lumpy Gravy]], [[Cruising With Ruben & The Jets]], [[Uncle Meat]], [[Burnt Weeny Sandwich]], [[Weasels Ripped My Flesh]], [[You Are What You Is]], [[Thing-Fish]], [[You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1]], [[You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4]], [[You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5]], [[Ahead Of Their Time]], [[Civilization Phaze III]], [[Läther]]'', and ''[[Mystery Disc]]'' (playing guitar). He can also be heard on the ''[[Beat The Boots]]'' series disks ''[[The Ark (BTB)|The Ark]], [['Tis The Season To Be Jelly (BTB)|'Tis The Season To Be Jelly]], [[Electric Aunt Jemima (BTB)|Electric Aunt Jemima]]'', and ''[[Our Man In Nirvana (BTB)|Our Man In Nirvana]]''.
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His performances can be seen in the Zappa movies ''[[200 Motels (The Film)|200 Motels]], [[Uncle Meat (The Film)|Uncle Meat]], [[The Amazing Mr. Bickford]], [[Video From Hell]]'' and ''[[The True Story Of 200 Motels]]''.
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Sherwood can be heard during the tracks ''[[Bored Out 90 Over]]''; ''[[Almost Chinese]]'' (''"Good bread, 'cause I was making, uh... $2.71 an hour"''), ''[[Switching Girls]]'' and the monologue in ''[[At The Gas Station]]'' on ''[[Lumpy Gravy]]'' (1968). <ref>http://www.donlope.net/fz/lyrics/Lumpy_Gravy.html</ref> He also voices [[Larry Fanoga]] on the same album.
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Sherwood can also be seen in the sleeve and the back cover of ''[[We're Only In It For The Money]]'', posing with a piece of paper, while the other band members stand with their backs to the camera and Zappa makes mysterious hand signals.
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==Quote==
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''"Motorhead Sherwood was the hit of the evening - he did this weird dance called 'The Bug', where he pretended that some creature was tickling the fuck out of him, and he rolled around on the floor, trying to pull it off. When he 'got it off', he threw it at girls in the audience, hoping that they would flop around on the floor too. A few of them did."'' - Frank Zappa, about a performance by The Blackouts in the 1950s, quoted in ''[[The Real Frank Zappa Book]]''.
  
 
==See also==
 
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* [[Motorhead's Midnight Ranch]]
 
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* [[I Wish Motorhead Would Come Back]]
 
* [[I Wish Motorhead Would Come Back]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:57, 10 November 2020

Jim Motorhead Sherwood performing in 1968 during a BBC recording with Zappa and the Mothers.

(Euclid James) Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood, a.k.a. Larry Fanoga (Arkansas City, KS, May 8, 1942 - December 25, 2011) was an American singer, saxofonist, dancer and tambourine player. He was a member of The Mothers during the late 1960s. His nickname Motorhead was inspired by Chuck Higgins' song Motorhead Baby.

Early biography

Jim Motorhead Sherwood in the sleeve of We're Only In It For The Money.

Sherwood met Frank Zappa in high school in 1956. As he explained himself: "Frank used to sit out on the front lawn at the high school...when I was a Freshman and he was [a] Sophomore...and play guitar most of the time. I found out later on that Bobby Zappa was in one of my classes. Bobby found out that I collected Blues records and he introduced me to Frank."

Sherwood joined The Blackouts. He stayed with Zappa in Studio Z for about six months, before joining The Mothers, first as a roadie for the Garrick Theater, eventually as a musician. In 1963 his girlfriend Sharva inspired the song Charva.

The Mothers of Invention

Sherwood provided soprano & baritone sax, tambourine, 'snorks', and/or vocals for Freak Out!, We're Only In It For The Money, Lumpy Gravy, Cruising With Ruben & The Jets, Uncle Meat, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh, You Are What You Is, Thing-Fish, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5, Ahead Of Their Time, Civilization Phaze III, Läther, and Mystery Disc (playing guitar). He can also be heard on the Beat The Boots series disks The Ark, 'Tis The Season To Be Jelly, Electric Aunt Jemima, and Our Man In Nirvana.

His performances can be seen in the Zappa movies 200 Motels, Uncle Meat, The Amazing Mr. Bickford, Video From Hell and The True Story Of 200 Motels.

Sherwood can be heard during the tracks Bored Out 90 Over; Almost Chinese ("Good bread, 'cause I was making, uh... $2.71 an hour"), Switching Girls and the monologue in At The Gas Station on Lumpy Gravy (1968). [1] He also voices Larry Fanoga on the same album.

Sherwood can also be seen in the sleeve and the back cover of We're Only In It For The Money, posing with a piece of paper, while the other band members stand with their backs to the camera and Zappa makes mysterious hand signals.

Quote

"Motorhead Sherwood was the hit of the evening - he did this weird dance called 'The Bug', where he pretended that some creature was tickling the fuck out of him, and he rolled around on the floor, trying to pull it off. When he 'got it off', he threw it at girls in the audience, hoping that they would flop around on the floor too. A few of them did." - Frank Zappa, about a performance by The Blackouts in the 1950s, quoted in The Real Frank Zappa Book.

See also

  • http://www.donlope.net/fz/lyrics/Lumpy_Gravy.html