Phil

Black Napkins in Toronto Dec 2010 during soundcheck .... Dweezil and the band were playing Black Napkins, nailing it. There was electricity in the room, a presence. The hair on the back of my neck was at attention. After the song DZ looked at me and said “did you feel that! “ I replied to DZ “OH YEAH” .... there were ghosts in the room that day! I think BN could be added to the “permanent playlist” and no one would be upset! 

 

David McCain

GREAT shot! 

Phil

Almost 10 years ago, time goes so fast + I need a show BAD

still get that chill when I look at this pic! Pure frisson, magic! 

Jim O.

Frank taped BN with the Mike Douglas Orchestra on a Monday afternoon. He played the SG through a Pignose while the orchestra sight read the music. That night at the Spectrum I heard BN for the first time ever. Zoot Allures had only released a week or so earlier. That Friday the Mike Douglas taping aired in Philadelphia on KYW TV. The next day I bought Zoot Allures and a Pignose. Still have both.

Dweezil

That's a great story! Of course, my dad's SG had a preamp in it that allowed him to get way more distortion and sustain from that little pignose.

Vegetable, (Call Any?)

Wow did I just think that was just THE coolest recollection! I laughed from my heart in understanding how that hit you! SOOOO Fun and so cool man!

Rick Cz

Black Napkins was the closing song played at the first Zappa show I saw in Sept 77.  Made me a fan for life.  

 

Co de Kloet Himself

I remember the first time I played Zoot Allures and was so thrilled to hear this. And it is no surprise Mr. D has preserved and actualized the power this song has. Did you know that when it was released it was considered to be so powerful that it was censored in Canada! (white sticker on the vinyl, on Torture too)....... trust me, it's true, FZ told me in 1977! Enjoy this dat and stay safe, Co

David McCain

Thanks again, Dweezil. Lovely set of performances ( the second version of BN is awesome-love the horn arrangement, just like your dad's version!!! ). In 1996, I purchased " FZ Plays The Music of FZ, " a fine effort produced by Dweezil himself. It was that recording that made me a lifelong fan of " Black Napkins. " To this day, that CD as well as this tune are still my all time favorite FZ craftsmanship experiences. 

 

Dweezil

Thanks David! I love that tune myself. As you know my dad played it a lot and the song takes on a new personality ever time.