Zoogz Rift (Robert Pawlikowski, July 10, 1953- March 22, 2011) was an American avant-garde rock musician, guitarist, painter and professional wrestling personality. Since the end of the 1970s Rift was active as a solo artist, recording several surrealistic and uncompromising songs and albums.
Rift cited Captain Beefheart, Ayn Rand, Salvador Dali and Zappa as his main influences. In an interview he claimed Zappa learned him the following: "Thirty years ago, Frank Zappa told me that the secret to success in show biz was actually very simple: “Don’t give up. As soon as you’ve given up, you’ve lost.” That pretty much sums it up, I think. If it’s in your blood, go for it, and don’t let your friends, relatives or other adversities talk you out of it. You can’t let the world bully you." In later years Rift claimed he felt a bit irritated that people keep comparing him with Zappa.