Friday, May 4, 2012

Source Code

So, last week we found out that today's ubiquitous propaganda-churning think tanks were spawned (like a nest of crocodiles) as a result of
Mr. Lewis Powell's 1971 memorandum written for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbying organization. 
But let's move on to the lighter side:  what was the inspiration for the title of Frank Zappa's 1970 record, "Weasels Ripped My Flesh"?  Haven't you wondered?
Classy as ever, Frank borrowed it from a 1956 issue of Man's Life magazine.  He reportedly asked artist Neon Park if he could re-make the illustration, but do it even worse!  The original cover art was pretty awesome in its genre, I think, and I hope the artist, if still alive, enjoyed his work's second life.
And the title of "Burnt Weeny Sandwich," which was released about the same time, also had me wondering...the explanation is that Frank just liked burned Hebrew National hot dog sandwiches slathered with mustard.
Life would be so much better today without think tanks, but we were lucky to have had Frank around.  He was like Bugs Bunny with a mission.

1 comment:

  1. It would be an interesting book of the famous record covers and the story behind the artwork we grew up with. Of course there was "We're Only In It For The Money".