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In 1963, Frank Zappa was hanging out at his friend's recording studio. The friend was Paul Buff, and Paul was making a decent living recording local bands. At one point, Paul wrote an instrumental, called Tijuana Surf, and asked Frank to come up with a b-side. "Grunion Run" was born, stamped on the flip-side of "Tijuana Surf," and exported to Mexico, where it became a hit record. For about 17 weeks, "Tijuana Surf" held the #1 spot on the charts, and Frank earned a small amount of pride and recognition for having the b-side. This was, for Frank, one of those moments.

Check out Frank on the solo. Pretty badass for 1963.


Suldog said...

Sounds like he's playing through a blown speaker (which ain't necessarily a bad thing.) He's got that bit of fuzz tone on his axe, in any case, and this seems to pre-date examples usually given for first use of such a thing on purpose for the fuzzy sound, such as "Satisfaction" by The Stones or "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks. Cool!