The Mothers Of Invention* ‎– Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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Official Release #10

The layered drum passage, some 3:40 to 4:40 within "Didja Get Any Onya?" - the first track on Weasels Ripped My Flesh - can be heard in its infancy as the 'backing track' to "The Blimp" on the Frank Zappa-produced Trout Mask Replica album from Captain Beefheart. The work, by members of The Mothers, was resident on a tape channel when Zappa used the tape to capture the field-recording of 'The Blimp' lyrics, which were read over a telephone to him in the studio. Zappa's comment can be heard at the end of 'The Blimp'.

"Didja Get Any Onya" is also reprised in a reworking as "Charles Ives", which can be found on You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5. The modernist composer Charles Ives had a strong influence on Zappa's work.

A related and singular item, in private collection and unlikely to surface, but which is interesting:
A single test-press vinyl LP exists entitled "Weasel Music", made for Bizarre Records by LRS (Location Recording Services) . The title & band name, on a black & red printed white label, is simply typewritten. Encased in an ivory 'Audiodiscs' sleeve it was sent from "World Pacific Records, 6920 Sunset, L.A. 90028" to "Frank Zappa, 7885 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Los Angeles".

It was later scheduled to appear in a 12xLP box set in 1970 under the title "The History & Collected Improvisations Of The Mothers Of Invention", covering work from 1963 - 1969. FZ's ads in "Playboy" failed to raise interest - the set was culled, producing "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" & Burnt Weeny Sandwich - the balance to become the non-starter No Commercial Potential (bootlegged) and later, in 1974 but another non-starter set, "Four Generations Of The Mothers".

Tracklist

Didja Get Any Onya? 3:44
Directly From My Heart To You 5:17
Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask 3:35
Toads Of The Short Forest 4:48
Get A Little 2:35
The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 6:53
Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula 2:12
My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama 3:35
Oh No 1:46
The Orange County Lumber Truck 3:18
Weasels Ripped My Flesh 2:05

Versions (54)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Bizarre Records MS 2028 US 1970 Sell This Version
none, MH - 112.957 The Mothers Of Invention* Las Comadrejas Me Arrancaron La Carne(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Music Hall none, MH - 112.957 Argentina 1970 Sell This Version
RSLP 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Bizarre Records RSLP 2028 UK 1970 Sell This Version
RRC 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records RRC 2028 South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2028 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2028 France 1970 Sell This Version
RS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records RS 2028 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
RSLP 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Bizarre Records RSLP 2028 UK 1970 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2028 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
RS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records RS 2028 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, Promo) Bizarre Records MS 2028 US 1970 Sell This Version
P-8003R The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records P-8003R Japan 1971 Sell This Version
44 019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records 44 019 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2028 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
44109, 44.109 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 44109, 44.109 France 1972 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records MS 2028 US 1973 Sell This Version
K44019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K44019 UK 1976 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records MS 2028 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
44019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records 44019 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2028 US 1980 Sell This Version
BPR 8888-4 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Barking Pumpkin Records BPR 8888-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
RCD 10163 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10163 US 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 10163 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10163 US 1990 Sell This Version
CRCD 10163 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc CRCD 10163 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CRCD 10163 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rykodisc CRCD 10163 US 1990 Sell This Version
D 30376 Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Festival Records D 30376 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
CDZAP 24 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records CDZAP 24 UK 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 10163 Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10163 US 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 10510 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Club, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10510 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10510 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Club, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10510 US 1995 Sell This Version
D31399, RCD 10163 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Rykodisc D31399, RCD 10163 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
1443-10510-2 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Warner Music Argentina, Rykodisc 1443-10510-2 Argentina 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10510 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10510 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10510 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10510 US 1995 Sell This Version
RCD 10510 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RM) Rykodisc RCD 10510 US 1995 Sell This Version
VACK-5254, RCD 10510 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Rykodisc VACK-5254, RCD 10510 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
VACK-1211 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Videoarts Music VACK-1211 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VACK-1211 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Rykodisc, Videoarts Music VACK-1211 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VACK-1332 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Rykodisc, Videoarts Music VACK-1332 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
RS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RP, Ltd) Reprise Records RS 2028 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
O238432 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records O238432 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3843 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM) Zappa Records ZR 3843 US 2012 Sell This Version
ZR 3843 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Unofficial) Zappa Records (2) ZR 3843 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
RCD 10510 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention* - Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Rykodisc RCD 10510 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
JPCD9911267 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD9911267 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
RCD 10163 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" RCD 10163 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(CD, Album, Unofficial) Private Area none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
REP 44 019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album) Reprise Records REP 44 019 France Unknown Sell This Version
MS 2028 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Bizarre Records, Reprise Records MS 2028 US Unknown Sell This Version
RSLP 2028, K44019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RSLP 2028, K44019 UK Unknown Sell This Version
REP 44 019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records REP 44 019 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
SVLP 0024 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, RE, 180) Simply Vinyl SVLP 0024 UK Unknown Sell This Version
44019 The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh(LP, Album, TP) Reprise Records 44019 Greece Unknown Sell This Version

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murmel

murmel

June 25, 2014
referencing Weasels Ripped My Flesh, LP, Album, RE, 180, SVLP 0024

this has the long version of Didja Get Any Onya?
progfan97402

progfan97402

April 24, 2012
referencing Weasels Ripped My Flesh, LP, Album, MS 2028
Although there was a plan for ten albums to be released of leftover material when Zappa broke up the 1960s Mothers of Invention, in the end he only released two, Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. Weasels contains a rather diverse style, from really twisted stuff to somewhat more "normal". "Didja Get Any Onya?" starts off jazzy, with brass, then you get some demented spoken voices. There's a cover of Little Richard's "Directly to my Heart to You", complete with violin playing from Don "Sugarcane" Harris. This is pretty much a blues piece. I won't forget playing "Prelude..." with a friend of my mother's back in 1995, she was freaking out, with Roy Estrada making all those wailing sounds that is certain for a party clearing. "Get a Little" is a guitar-dominated instrumental piece. Wonder how the Rock in Opposition scene (RIO) got some of their influences (groups like Henry Cow and many of the groups influenced by them, including many found on the Cuneiform Records roster)? Get a load of "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" (Eric Dolphy already passed away in 1964). Really complex, and unconventional arrangements, it's hard to believe this was actually recorded in the late '60s. "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" is a nice rocking number, the only song on the album with Zappa himself singing. "Oh No" is a remake of a them from Lumpy Gravy, this time done with the usual Mothers of Invention with added on vocals from Ray Collins. "The Orange County Lumber Truck" is a nice jam that was tagged on the end, while the title track is basically noise. To some listeners, this is a difficult listen. It can seem disjointed. The shrieking and strange experimental passages can put some off, but for those who like the RIO scene would find much to enjoy here, not to mention those who enjoy Zappa at his most twisted.