John Trubee

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John Trubee (February 27, 1957) is an American musician and poet known for his bizarre and amusing songs.

Responding to a scam advertisement asking for song lyrics he wrote a deliberately bad piece entitled Stevie Wonder's Penis. When the advertiser responded praising his work and asking for $40 to set it to music Trubee sent off the money and received the song "A Blind Man's Penis" in return - the advertiser having changed the words.

In 1999 he issued his song The Rain Keeps Falling ‎combined with Zappa's Letter From Jeepers [1]


"I listened to a lot of Zappa's music when I was growing up as a teenager in the 70's. I really admire his music, he did a lot of great music. He did a lot of music that's not so great. I loved Hot Rats, Uncle Meat, Weasels Ripped My Flesh. I can't stand stuff like Joe's Garage or Thing-Fish or The Man From Utopia. I would call upon my interest in his music; I enjoy his music. I don't like all of his music and I think any Zappa fan who unabashedly admires anything that Zappa's done and can see no wrong in the man, I think that they should be required to listen repeatedly to the album Thing-Fish over and over for a period of about 3 days and then watch the movie Uncle Meat, and see that for a period of three days and then see what they say about Mr. Zappa's talent. Mr. Zappa had great talent but he was also very self-indulgent. He could be sort of an abusive control freak. That's how geniuses operate sometimes, its not very pretty. I think its more important to pay attention to his music than to idolize him as a person, what is more important is what he left behind. But it really doesn't matter what I or anyone else thinks about who he is as a person. He left behind a lot of really great music which I enjoy listening to. (...) That’s what defines what he did. He created all this beautiful music. That’s essentially the meaning and value of all his life is all this wonderful music. But in order to do it he had to be a strict bandleader. He wasn’t always the nicest person, from all the reports that I’ve heard. That’s okay, I don’t know him personally, its nothing to do with me. I'm just glad he left behind all this great music."

"Zappa (...) I love his guitar playing and his prolific and amazingly varied musical output. For that I'll forgive his idiotic foray into politics (leave politics to the assholes who thrive on it), that he was an insufferable control freak, and that he occasionally said stupid things such as stating his belief that smoking has no connection to cancer."

See Also

Blind Man's Penis

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