Florentine Pogen

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  from a.f.f-z FAQ 1/8
From: (Bjorn Lisper)
  "Pogens" is an anglified spelling of the Swedish bakery "Pagens" (where the "a" has a ring on top). "Pagens" is south Swedish dialect and means "the boy's" (cookies, say). In Sweden, Pagens makes all sorts of cookies, bread etc. It turns out that these Florentine Pogens being sold in California are a type of cookie that Pagens sells in Sweden, but under a different name. So Pagens seems to have some business in California as well.
From: Don White <>
  It's a cookie. My mom went to the store one time (this was in 1979), and came back bags of groceries. She had not known what she had done when she bought the package of Pogens, but I roared in amazement and delight at the sight. She though I was nuts. The company that made Pogens made other kinds as well, 'though I couldn't tell you now what they were. Chocolate Pogens? Mallomar Pogens? Pecan Pogens?
  Read all about this Prince Of Food here
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She was a debutante daisy
From: (Cliff Heller)
  A debutante is basically a young rich girl. Daisy is a flower but it is also expresses naivete'
From: (Kenneth Bullock)
  I read it as meaning that the song's heroine is the daughter of a wealthy cookie magnate. The song is probably a caricature of "rich kids" in general, especially those who are a bit daffy but think they're really cool.
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With color-note organ
From: (Kerry Yackoboski)
  Just a type of electronic organ (the type that you can play, not some sort of prosthetic device). The name comes from the technique used to create the different pitches.
From: (Cliff Heller)
  This is a really good one. In the 70's there was a bit of a market for electric home-organs (pianos! get your mind out of the gutter). In order to aid small children in learning how to play, the keys (notes) were colored and the instructional scores were colored correspondingly. These two lines just express that she was somewhat of an airhead with no real talents other than being rich. Look at how she handles car problems later in the song.
From: mpc@mbsmm (Mark Clements)
  A color-note organ is one in which the various notes of the scale are represented by different colors. Above each key on the organ, the corresponding color is painted, so a musically inept person can just press the colored key corresponding to the colored note in the music.
From: Vladimir Sovetov
  This kind of trainer-organ also mentioned by Frank in MISTERY DISK. Excerpt from THE UNCLE FRANKIE SHOW.
Here's another thing that you can do on the piano,
if you have one around...
If you get tired of playing Home on The Range, by colors, uh...
you have to learn two different kinds of background,
you can do 'em both on the key of C and you'd be alright.
The first one is like this...
That one's pretty easy to master,
and then there's another one which isn't too tricky either...
Now, those, uh, backgrounds, those two backgrounds will work for, oh,
I think of a total of fifteen thousand different rock'n'roll songs
that you can all sing at partie
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Deep in the street
she drove a '
59 Morgan
From: "John Atwell" <>
  A little lesson in U.S. numismatics: a Morgan Dollar is a silver coin minted in the the U.S. between 1878 and 1921. A '59 Morgan sounds like rare silver coin, except it didn't exist in 1859, nor 1959. But I think FZ had that allusion in mind, as well as an allusion to the '59 Chevy car that he mentions so often. '59 Morgan sounds like a car, sounds like a rare silver coin. A Florentine Pogen is a cookie, but it also sounds like some royal title or political office, like a British Lord or a Persian Satrap.
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  Good. But as a matter of fact Morgan is a car. Probably most expensive roadster in the world, handmade (yes, I'm not kidding) in most archaic pre-Ford way by craftsmen of British company The Morgan Motor Company.
  But the funniest thing about the beast isn't even the fact that the basic construction of it haven't been changed since 1939 or 38. The most amazing of all is the wooden body, yes, they use well aged Belgium ash exclusively.
  "each car is individually coachbuilt using an ash frame mounted onto a steel chassis with Z-section side-members and tubular cross-members. The front suspension and steering are carried on a separate frame of "X" section flat steel on tubular cross members mounted onto the front chassis legs. The body frames have been paneled in steel or aluminum over the years. "
  So you, see, they literally put a motor in Steinway:-))
  Anyway, you can find a lot of photos here And if you have spare 25,000..30,000 bucks even buy 1959 Morgan +4 Roadster for real. Just click:-)
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She didnt't wanna stay home
An'watch the pestele go mortar
Later she speakes
On how
Perellis might court her.
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  Interesting to note that this wasn't something new to the band FILLMORE EAST, JUNE 1971
Bwana Dik

My God, Madge... you voluptuous New York City slit...
Why didn't you tell me before?
It was so hard to tell with your little blousey-poo on,
but.. now that I see you... I would have helped...
I didn't know you were so obviously.. PREGNANT...
  I just noticed that on the cover of Overnite Sensation, there is a fire extinguisher looking DEVICe that has the word Perrelis on it..
From: (Charles Ulrich)
  Marty Perellis was the road manager. There are references all over. See especially "Babbette" on YCDTOSA, Volume 1, and "Smell My Beard" on Volume 4.
From: John Henley <>
  Not to mention the intro to Dickie's Such an Asshole on Stage Vol 3, where the Mothers are brought back to the stage by the selfsame Marty Perellis.
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  See Overnite Sensation front cover comment for Marty-groupies-extinguisher connection
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Chester's go-rilla
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  This was written in album liner notes
Chester Thompson -drums; gorilla victim
From: Istvan Fekete <>
  Does anyone know what's the story of 'Chester's gorilla'?
  I have a '74 bootleg (Cosmik evolution) where FZ introduces 'Chester's gorilla' and then the band plays Florentine Pogen... then around the end of the song they actually sing about the beast. Chester must be Chester Thompson, how about the gorilla? Could it be King Kong again...?
From: (Catherine M Leonard)
  but signed Glenn
  Chester was attacked by a roadie in a gorilla suit at the end of Florentine Pogen during the taping of the KCET-TV show. This event may actually be in reference to something that happened to him for real. Booger Bears? Gorilla Groupies? One can only guess....
From: (John V. Scialli)
  I thought it was the latter: an editorial comment about someone he spent one night with.

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