A Little Green Rosetta

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Central Scrutinizer:
Joe did, and he's happy guy now,
on the day shift
at the
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen,
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arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas
snoot of fully-charged icing
anointment utensil. And every time
a nice little muffin comes on the belt,
poots forth
From: (Cliff Heller)
"whizzing and pasting and pooting through the day
Ronnie helping kenny helping burn his poots away."

[ Let's Make The Water Turn Black. WOIFTM ]
  The second line, as verified in "The Real Frank Zappa Book", is a reference to pyroflatulation.
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  And direct CC is of course Bongo Fury _Muffin Man_
The Muffin Man is seated at the table
In the laboratory of the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen...
Arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas snoot
of fully-charged icing anointment utensil.
He poots forth a a quarter-ounce green rosette
Near the summit of a dense but radiant muffin
of his own design
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Central Scrutinizer:
Rang Tang Ding Dong, I am the
Japanese Sandman...
From: (Joe Newman)
  It's a reference to a 50's doo-wop tune, but I'll be dipped in shit if I can remember who did it. Relic records has put out a CD of their stuff, including Japanese Sandman. They've also put out lots of other obscure doo-wop re-issues. You can probably get a lot of their CDs from Roots and Rhythm in El Cerrito, California:
  In 1969 an album titled The Masked Marauders was released. Supposedly it was a collection of artists that could not record together openly due to conflicting record contracts. No artist info is given. The 4th song on side one is "I am the Japanese Sandman (Rang Tang Ding Dong)". On Green Rosetta / Joe's Garage Frank says, "and for those of you in the 4th world, Rang Tang Ding Dong, I AM the Japanese Sandman, Take 8". It sure sounds like Frank. Jagger(?) sings Can't Get No Nookie, Dylan (?) sings Cowpie, & others. The album sounds & feels like a FZ production. But, I have been unable to confirm this. Any help would be appreciated.
From: (John Henley)
  "The Masked Marauders" was a legendary rock'n'roll fraud. It began as a fake album review in Rolling Stone in 1969 - I can't remember if it was the April 1 issue or not - which began by describing the rumors of a studio "supergroup" composed of the most famous rocksters in the world, much as you begin above; the writer then went on to say something like "The truth can now be known, for this is nothing less than a jam between John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton." Or maybe it was Elvis instead of Eric.
  At that point, no such album existed, but an enterprising record producer threw something together, having found some singers who sounded like these guys, and put it out. If FZ had anything whatsoever to do with it, I'd be surprised. No, shocked.
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Steve Gadd's clone to play
the out-chorus on this song
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
He's a drummer as far as I know. I believe he's among personal of Al Di Meola _orange and blue_ 1994 album. Never played with FZ. Who can add any info about his out-chorus playing clones?
From: (Pat Buzby)
  Steve Gadd is a session drummer who was particularly famous in the late 70's.
From: (Mike Puterbaugh)
  As well as one of Vinnie C's biggest influences.
  Gadd played drums on Steely Dan's "Aja" (in only two takes, no less). Some of Vinnie's fills right after the Gadd reference sound like the playing on that SD song.

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