Flo & EddieKeep It Warm

Label:Columbia – 3-10458
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Stereo, Mono, Santa Maria Pressing
Style:Pop Rock, Parody


AKeep It Warm3:23
BKeep It Warm3:23

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Side A: Mono
Side B: Stereo

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Taken from the Columbia Lp "Moving Targets" PC 34262

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): ZSP 162363
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): ZSP 162364
  • Matrix / Runout (Mono-Side runout - etched): ZSP 162363 IC TML-M (stamped) SS
  • Matrix / Runout (Stereo-Side runout - etched): ZSS 162364 IC TML-M (stamped) SS
  • Pressing Plant ID: ss

Other Versions (3)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Keep It Warm (7", 45 RPM, Promo, Stereo, Mono)Columbia3-10458US1976
New Submission
Keep It Warm (7", 45 RPM, Promo, Stereo, Mono, Pitman Pressing)Columbia3-10458US1976
New Submission
Keep It Warm / Hot (7", 45 RPM, Single)Columbia3-10458USUnknown


  • streetmouse's avatar
    Edited 3 years ago
    Please don’t go thinking that Flo (short for Phlorescent Leech) & Eddie stumbled out of the psychedelic 60’s as mere sidemen for Frank Zappa, as nothing could be further from the truth. Granted, there’s absolutely no way I’m ever gonna try to convince you that Flo & Eddie albums were brilliant, or even memorable, because they weren’t, though what they were, were records laced with some great singles, where none was better than the joyous and distinctive “Keep It Warm” from the 1976 Moving Targets album.

    The recording studio was a second home for Flo & Eddie, who’d been the driving force behind the 60’s pop band the Turtles, then going on to create several albums with Frank Zappa, and while all that was happening, the duo of Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan can be heard singing and laying down backup tracks for the likes of T. Rex on both Electric Warrior and Slider, along with Alice Cooper, the Ramones, Stephen Stills, Blondie and Bruce Springsteen (that’s them harmonizing and singing on “Hungry Heart”).

    Yet nothing is more iconic than the bewildering “Keep It Warm,” delivered as a good natured Beach Boys parody (a seamless parody that’s so good you’ll think it was referencing an actual song), fused with social issues, current events, references to the Gipper (Ronald Reagan), a short Beatle medley, Grace Slick (of Jefferson Airplane), Charles Whitman (the University of Texas tower sniper), Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh, Ringo, along with John & Yoko. This song was nothing short of brilliant to my ears, rolling gently in the soft swells of their own dark vision of a Beach Boys song, so exquisitely done that I purchased Moving Targets based solely on this number. Sadly from me, the rest of the album wasn’t this brilliant, and I’d have to wait another forty years for bands such as the Explorers Club and Teenage Fanclub to pick up on the vibes this dashing duo walked into my life so many summers ago.

    This was a song that earned the boys quite a bit of airplay, as it appealed to nearly everyone … the track was light, evenhanded, jangling, even beautiful, yet in the same breath it belayed a sense of sophistication, intelligence and vision, all laid out using superior musical arrangements, balanced majestic harmonies and elegant smiles that made it impossible to listen to this number merely once. While encapsulating the era, “Keep It Warm” was a bit of pop deliciousness, a song that simply filled listeners with an abundance of warmth, even while singing about some tragic events.

    Historically, Moving Targets revealed a healthy disdain for the crumbling political and social utopia known as Amerika, a tongue in cheek slap to the face of this nation during the country’s bicentennial … it was all very strange and surreal. That being said, everything that Flo & Eddie were involved in was strange, with no one sincerely understanding any of it, perhaps not even Mark and Howard themselves.

     *** The Fun Facts: I have never seen a formal single for this song that was released to the general public, only the radio promotional single with a stereo version on one side, along with the mono version on the other.

    Marc Volman and Howard Kaylan became Flo (Phlorescent Leech) & Eddie through a circuitous route.  Contractually they could no longer use the name The Turtles when the original band disbanded, they then quickly discovered that they were unable to use their own names, as those were contractually linked to The Turtles as well.  In actuality the names Phlorescent Leech & Eddie were reworked from those Frank Zappa bestowed on his road managers, Fluorescent Leach and Eddie.  Thus, the birth of Flo & Eddie.

    Review by Jenell Kesler



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