When the term cutting edge really meant something, two giants of their industries came together. Frank Zappa was of course already a good twenty plus years into the game by the time this interview was conducted. And it’s interesting that it was conducted by David Letterman – who at the time, had the most groundbreaking show on TV. Back then, Late Night was breaking all the rules. It wasn’t just Larry “Bud” Melman or dropping stuff off a five story tower or even presenting stupid pet tricks – Late Night was bizarro TV. Offbeat and controversial, it was a place where not only the likes of Zappa would show up, but guys reading poetry while standing on their head as the band played something in 17/8 time would share the stage with Eddie Murphy.
Here, Zappa talks about his latest vinyl release in conjunction with the London Symphony. Only 4,000 copies printed. And I still have mine.