Cosmik Debris

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From: Charles Ulrich' forthcoming book Project/Object
  This track was left over from the sessions for Over-Nite Sensation. It features the band that toured March through July, 1973: George Duke (keyboards), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Tom Fowler (bass), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Sal Marquez (trumpet), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), Ian Underwood (saxophone), Ruth Underwood (percussion), and FZ (guitar). In addition to the lead vocal, FZ sings "The price of meat...", which is slowed down a whole step. Tina Turner and the Ikettes provided backing vocals, including the sped-up vocals in the "I wrapped a newspaper..." section.
  "Cosmik Debris" was introduced on the Petit Wazoo tour in October, 1972. It was performed on all tours 1973-1974 and all tours 1979-1988.
  The lyrics allude back to "The Grand Wazoo" ("the dust of the Grand Wazoo") and "Camarillo Brillo" ("is that a real poncho...?"). The printed lyric sheet is full of imaginative spellings: nervonna (nirvana, a state of blessedness in Hinduism or Buddhism, from the Sanskrit word for 'extinction'), Afro-dytee (Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love), geroo (guru, Sanskrit word for 'teacher'), kristl bol (crystal ball, as used by fortune-tellers), ohm (om, mystic syllable used in yoga mantras), shonty (shanti, Sanskrit word for 'peace').
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But he told me right then
when the top popped open
There was nothin' his box won't do
With the oil of Aphrodite,
and the dust of the
Grand Wazoo
  The 1972 album with the same name. THE LOST EPISODES - 1996 album featuring Capt.Beefheart.
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And I said "Look here brother-who you
Jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now is that a
real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
  See OVERNITE SENSATION. Camarillo Brillo.
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From: (Robert Garvey)
  The word is ``shanti'' and means peace (in Sanskrit, I think).

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