Interzappa Overdrive

Show #96, Release date: 13. October, 2007

It wasn’t too often other musicians were given the opportunity to jam with Pink Floyd let alone be able to jam with Pink Floyd.

“Frank Zappa is really one of those rare musicians that can play with us. The little he did in Amougies was terribly correct. But he’s the exception. Our music and the way we behave on stage, makes it very hard to improvise with us.”
– Nick Mason (commenting on playing with other musicians)

The two progressive rock planets collided on the 25th of October, 1969 at The Actuel Festival in Amougies, Belgium.  Recently, in the last year an audience recording finally surfaced.  Its not the best recording but its all we got.

7 thoughts on “Interzappa Overdrive

  1. Really nice add of the greatest Zappa song ever, Watermelon in Easter Hay. My favorite Doc! Thanks for doing what you’re doing, it’s just awesome.

  2. After the last three songs are played in the concert –the ones mentioned as being ‘taken from the soundboard of the unreleased movie ‘Music Power’–the podcast would seem like it should end. It sounds like it might be going to conclude, without further fanfare.

    But –very strangely –there’s dead-air for maybe 90 seconds and then a spooky, raspy, whispery male voice speaks and some other song begins. More of a modern song; not from the Belgium concert at all.

    Was this a recording accident? Just curious.

    • That’s just me having some fun. The song you’re asking about it called “watermelon in the Easter hey” by Frank Zappa. It’s his most Floydian sounding track.

  3. I’m curious as to just what Nick Mason refers to when he speaks of Floyd’s ‘behavior on stage’. Just what exactly is difficult about improvising with the Floyd? As distinctive as they were, haven’t there been many other bands with a remote or obscure jamming style? And weren’t all those numerous many other bands, all still accessible when they met with the right newcomer? Especially in the sphere of jazz (at least, it seems to me). I should think if any band was ‘closed’ to outsiders, it would have been The Doors or Zeppelin or Yes. Rather than any of those groups, Floyd’s fluid style seems as if it should be much more open to the occasional “sit-in” visitor. Why does Nick Mason aver that Floyd is so unapproachable? I’m only asking, no offense intended.

    • It’s the phrasing in Floyd’s music that makes it difficult for other musicians to jam with Floyd. Floyd usually want into sharing a stage.

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