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Bongo Furyism on AIr

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On this episode of Ben Watson’s decade-long weekly show on Resonance FM, Late Lunch With Out To Lunch, the broadcaster was in Bucharest with Andy Wilson of the AMM (Association of Musical Marxists) to interview Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, so he stepped aside for his “favourite radio show (not by me) ever”, an hour in 1975 when the Australian airwaves were taken over by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart as they toured the subcontinent to promote the Bongo Fury album. Zappa’s professionalism (“ladies and gentleman”) is consummate – he broadcast college radio in the early-60s, an excerpt from which duly appears as the pair intersperse Bongo Fury tracks with selections from The History & Collected Improvisations of the Mothers of Invention (the 10-record box set which never appeared, but mutated into the You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore CD series, The Lost Episodes and Mystery Disc). “Donnie” Vliet is, by contrast, utterly surprised to be where he is. As ever. One highlight among many is a performance of ‘Orange Claw Hammer’ from the Trout Mask Replica album live in-studio with Zappa on acoustic guitar, strange fruit of the pair listening to a Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd LP of sea shanties back in the day. Due to the limitations of the Resonance hour slot, you don’t get to hear ‘Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish’ from Trout Mask or ‘Muffin Man’. Listeners are advised to seek out these records as soon as they have experienced the show. Wobbly audio quality is preserved as a tribute to the international cassette-tape-swap underground which existed prior to the metrically-correct Internet era.

Bongo Furyism

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