Something Up To now That You’ve Been Scared To Say
I accuse Greg James at BBC Radio 1 of ripping off Frank Zappa’s “Little House I Used To Live In” for the jingle. this short motif first appeared on Burnt Weenie Sandwich and Frank went back to it numerous times on various albums, leading me to suspect he stole it from someone even earlier, because, after all, everything in the universe is part of the same one note at the core of conceptual continuity.
The original piece is quite long, considering that the average attention span of the concerned American person today is about 7 seconds, if the You Tube Skip Ads button is any indication.
It’s worth the listen nevertheless, before climate change renders your listening device inoperable in the coming decades as hordes of starving climate refugees lead the pundit class to finally question the importance and effectiveness of The Second Amendment when dealing with a global extinction event.
In this piece, for instance, you can hear the notes beginning at 1:40 in this clip from the Fillmore East album, leading into the famed Mudshark dance routine that I still haven’t gotten right, despite several trips to the Edgewater Inn.
In this version, you have to squint to hear it but it’s there.
Versions of the song has appeared on Burnt Weeny Sandwich, You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5, Fillmore East, Hammersmith Odeon, and Chicago 78 albums, but the motif itself is all over the place from The Adventures of Greggary Peccary, Billy the Mountain, though Joe’s Garage and Thingfish.
You think the BBC would give credit where it is due.
Like Zappa, I’ve never really cared for popular opinions and there’s nothing I am afraid to say.