Roxy By Proxy

Roxy By Proxy

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(Zappa/Mothers, Zappa Records, March 13, 2014)

Official release #99

  1. “Carved In The Rock” 3:30
  2. Inca Roads 8:21
  3. Penguin In Bondage 5:52
  4. T’Mershi Duween 1:55
  5. Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat 4:13
  6. RDNZL 5:27
  7. Village Of The Sun 3:21
  8. Echidna’s Arf (Of You) 4:00
  9. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing 6:59
  10. Cheepnis—Percussion 3:53
  11. Cheepnis 3:35
  12. Dupree’s Paradise 15:12
  13. King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge/Mr. Green Genes 9:13

The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
December 8-10, 1973

Produced by FZ
Recording engineer: Kerry McNab
CD & compilation produced by GZ & Joe Travers
Digital re-mix by Bob Stone, March-April, 1987
Vaultmeisterment by Joe Travers
Mastered by John Polito, January, 2011

Liner notes by Ruth Underwood
Concept & text by GZ
Cover: Sherwin Tilton
Archive photos by Emerson-Loew
Layout & design by Michael Mesker
Production management by Melanie Starks

The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, flute, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums
Chester Thompson—drums

1. “Carved In The Rock” 3:30

FZ:

Hello, folks!

This thing wiggles too much.

Hey, that’s more like it, mm-mm-mmh, yes, okay?

Bruce Fowler on trombone.

Napoleon Murphy Brock on tenor sax.

And vocals.

Ruth Underwood on percussion.

?:

All right!

FZ:

Okay.

The gong always gets ‘em.

Ralph Humphrey on drums.

Chester Thompson on drums.

Tom Fowler on bass.

George Duke on keyboards.

Alright. Now, let me get myself tuned up and then we’ll do a suave program for you.

[Owen], a shade more sax in the monitor. Just turn it up, a little bit.

Girl From The Audience:

Hi, Frank!

FZ:

Hi!

Alright. Well, Ian’s busy. He’s uh, he’s with his parents in uhm, uh . . .

Audience Member:

Yugoslavia.

FZ:

Florida. But he’ll be back in town soon, ladies and gentlemen. Yeah.

Now, we’re gonna open up with some— Hey! Brian Krokus, ladies and gentlemen, right back there! He is our mixer, and of course there’s another mixer out in the truck and you can’t see him but he’s awfully cute, his name is Kerry McNab and he can hear us talking about him, but . . .

Well, you’re missing the best part of what’s going out— on out in the truck.

We’re gonna open our program with a song that deals with the subject of the possibility of extra-terrestrial beings visiting this planet a long time ago.

Now, some of you might have read a book called Chariots Of The Gods by Erich Von Däniken, and there’s a little thing in there, it’s a picture of this area in the Andes called the plains of Nazca, ladies and gentlemen. And there’s these carvings on the top of the rock that you don’t know what they’re supposed to be for. It doesn’t look like it would have been a road, because it doesn’t go anywhere, and there’s a bunch of ‘em, and some people think, well maybe it was a landing field. But the carvings are very, very old and they’re very, very big, you know, indicating that the people who made them were highly, uh, well, they were, heh heh . . . They really had their ____ together for the things that carved in the rock.

And it’s possible that if they were landing fields, that the things that landed on them were NOT OF THIS EARTH.

And so we have a song, which features the lovely voice of Mr. George Duke, and the name of this song is “Inca Roads.” Take it away, George . . .

2. Inca Roads 8:21

George: That’s right, honey.
FZ: Simply atmospheric introduction.

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Just to land in the Andes?
Was it round
And did it have
A motor
Or was it
Something
Different

Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Fly along the mountains
And find a place to park itself
Or did someone
Build a place
To leave a space
For such a thing to land

Thank you, honey.

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Did a vehicle
(FZ: Her nipples are standing up now.)
Come from somewhere out there
Did the Indians, first on the bill
Carve up the hill

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Just to land in the Andes?
Was it round
And did it have a motor
Or was it something different

Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Fly along the mountains
And find a place to park itself
Or did someone
Build a place
Or leave a space
For such a thing to land

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Did the Indians, first on the bill
Carve up the hill

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Just to land in the Andes?
Was it round
And did it have a motor
Or was it something different

Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Fly along the mountains
And find a place to park itself
Or did someone
Build a place
Or leave a space
For such a thing to land

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Did the Indians, first on the bill
Carve up the hill

FZ: Thank you! Thank you very much. Thank you, and thank you. Okay. Now as some of you may know Hollywood is the best of all possible worlds. I mean, this is where it’s all happening, you understand? See, it’s really great here and it’s a— it’s so wonderful to be in Hollywood, to live here and to be a part of this community and everything, because there’s so many perverts in it, you know? And pervert, perverts help to make normal people look good, and so . . . Just remember that, whenever you see somebody who is perverted. But for our friends in the pervert world we have this song which is called “Penguin In Bondage.” And you know what I mean, don’t you? . . . This is really a funky one, you know what I mean.

3. Penguin In Bondage 5:52

She’s just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
Way over on the wet side
Of the bed

Just like the mighty Penguin
Flappin’ her eight ounce wings
(Bring the band on down behind me, boys!)

Lord, you know it’s all over
If she come atcha on the strut & wrap ‘em all around yer head
Flappin’ her eight ounce wings, flappinumm

She’s just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy

Shake up the pale-dry
Ginger ale

Tremblin’ like a Penguin
When the battery fail
(You know when the battery goes out in the vibrator and everything?)

Lord, you must be havin’ her jumpin’ through a hoopa real fire
With some Kleenex wrapped around a coat-hang wire

She’s just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
Howlin’ over to some
Antarcticulated moon

In the frostbite nite
With her flaps gone white
Shriekin’ as she spot the hoop across the room
(Good God, she spot the hoop again)

You know it must be a Penguin bound down
If you hear that terrible screamin’ and there ain’t no other
Birds around

She’s just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
She’s just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
Aw, you must be careful
Not to leave her straps
TOO LOOSE

‘Cause she just might box yer dog
‘Cause she just might box yer dog
An’ leave you a dried-up dog biscuit . . .

FZ: The name of this song is “T’Mershi Duween,” a bongo number . . .

4. T’Mershi Duween 1:55

Instrumental

5. Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat 4:13

Instrumental

6. RDNZL 5:27

FZ: Thank you. (Brian, can you turn the horns up some more in this monitor box down here? What? It’s not in that one up there. It was? Alright, turn a little bit up in the upper horns too. Bruce is having trouble hearing himself.) I’d like to dedicate this next song to John and Nellie Wilson, because they probably know what this song is about, better than anybody else in this room. The name of this song is “The Village Of The Sun.”

7. Village Of The Sun 3:21

Goin’ back home
To the Village of the Sun
Out in back of Palmdale
Where the turkey farmers run, I done
Made up my mind
And I know I’m gonna go to Sun
Village, good God I hope the
Wind don’t blow

It take the paint off your car
And wreck your windshield too,
I don’t know how the people stand it,
But I guess they do
Cause they’re all still there,
Even Johnny Franklin too
In the Village of the Sun, well
Village of the Sun, oh, the
Village of the Sun, son
(Sun Village to you-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo, oh!)

Little Mary, and Teddy, and Thelma too, now
Where Palmdale Boulevard, wo!
Cuts on through
Past the Village Inn, baby, & Barbecue now, yeah
(I heard it ain’t there . . .
Well I hope it ain’t true)
Where the stumblers gonna go
To watch the lights turn blue?
Where the stumblers gonna go
To watch the lights turn blue-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-wahhh?

Goin’ back home
To the Village of the Sun
Out in back of Palmdale
Where the turkey farmers run, I done
Made up my mind
And I know I’m gonna go to Sun
Village, good God I hope the
Wind don’t blow

It take the paint off your car
And wreck your windshield too,
I don’t know how the people stand it,
But I guess they do
Cause they’re all still there,
Even Johnny Franklin too
In the Village of the Sun, oh
Village of the Sun, the
Village of the Sun, son
(Sun Village to you
You -ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo, oh, yeah, yeah!)

8. Echidna’s Arf (Of You) 4:00

Ooh, well . . . oh . . .

9. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing 6:59

FZ:
Ladies and gentlemen,
Watch Ruth!
All during our program
Ruth has been thinking:
“What can I do
That’ll be fantastic?”
Something nice for the camera, I hope
Ruth, show ‘em a little something

10. Cheepnis—Percussion 3:53

FZ:

Ruth Underwood, Ralph Humphrey, Chester Thompson.

Thank you.

Alright, now, have a surprise for you. You’ve all been fooled.

Now, that little thing there is nothing more and nothing less than the rhythm track of the next song that we’re gonna play, which is a song about monster movies and it’s called “A Little More Cheepnis Please.”

Here’s what it sounds with everything else stuck to it—you already heard the drum part.

Quick, mop ‘em off.

11. Cheepnis 3:35

I ate a hot dog
It tasted real good
Then I watched a movie
From Hollywood

I ate a hot dog
It tasted real good
Then I watched a movie
From Hollywood

Little Miss Muffett on a squat by me, yeah
I took a turn around, I said: Can y’all see now?
The little strings from the Giant Spider?
The Zipper From The Black Lagoon?
(HA HA HA!)
The vents by the tanks where the bubbles go up?
(And the flaps on the side of the moon)

The jelly & paint on the 40 watt bulb
They use when the slime droozle off
The rumples & the wrinkles in the cardboard rock, yeah
And the canvas of the cave is too soft

The suits & the hats & the tie’s too wide
And too short for the scientist man
The chemistry lady with the roll-away mind, yeah
While the monster just ate Japan

Ladies and gentlemen,
The monster,
Which the peasants in this area call FRUNOBULAX
Has just been seen approaching The Power Plant
Bullets can’t stop it
Rockets can’t stop it
We may have to use NUCLEAR FORCE!
Everyone is advised
To go to the shelter at once!

WAH! Run for your lives, […], get up, […], come on go to the shelter, come on everybody, yeah, go as fast as you can, run

GO TO DA SHELTER
MY BABY, MY BABY,
GO TO DA SHELTER
GO TO DA SHELTER

GO TO DA SHELTER
MY BABY, MY BABY,
GO TO DA SHELTER
GO TO DA SHELTER

Little Miss Muffett on a squat by me,
Can ya see the little strings danglin’ down?
Makes the legs go wobble an’ the mouth flop shut
An’ the HORRIBLE EYE,
An’ the HORRIBLE EYE,
An’ the HORRIBLE EYE
Go rollin’ around

Can y’see it at all
Can y’see it from here
Can y’laugh till yer weak on yer knees
If you can’t, I’m sorry ’cause that’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis
(Cheeper the better)
(Cheeper the better)
(Cheeper the better)
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I’m sorry ’cause it’s all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis . . .

12. Dupree’s Paradise 15:12

FZ: I’d like to thank you very much for coming to the concert tonight. Bruce Fowler on trombone, Napoleon Murphy Brock on tenor sax and lead vocals, Ruth Underwood on percussion, Ralph Humphrey on drums, Chester Thompson on drums, Tom Fowler on bass, George Duke on keyboards. Thank you very much. Good night.

13. King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge/Mr. Green Genes 9:13

FZ: Alright, we’re gonna play “King Kong” for you. It’s also hooked up to “Chunga’s Revenge” and the ending of “Mr. Green Genes,” so, a little cheapo medley. Okay? Are you ready, Ruth? Hurry up, Ruth! Hurry up, Ruth!
Ruth: No!
FZ: Come on, Ruth! . . . Slow down, Ruth. She’s ready.
Guy From The Audience: Freak out!
FZ: One, one, one, one . . .

FZ: Thank you very much. And good night.