"Joe's Garage" Cover - Dedicated with great respect to Mr. Frank Zappa




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Published on Apr 22, 2016

Recorded by Craig Guerrieri (all instruments/vocals)
at Cygnus Studios, Florida, USA
September - October 2015

Mixed by Christer Karjalainen at KC Sound, Turku, Finland

Mastered by Sasa Opacic at SLY Studio, Turku, Finland

Thanks so much again to Christer and Sasa for your awesome studio engineering skills... I'm forever in your debt!

I like to think that maybe Frank will smile down from up there in Rock and Roll heaven and approve of this humble effort.

Instruments I used in this song:

- Fender Stratocaster electric guitar (with a whammy bar, of course!)
- Ovation Custom Balladeer acoustic guitar
- Fender Jazz bass
- Korg MS-20 Mini - Analog synthesizer
- Yamaha MX49 - Digital synthesizer
- DW Drums with Zildjian, Paiste and Wuhan cymbals
- Hohner harmonicas
- All lead, backing and spoken vocals

Hope you enjoy!

- Craig

P.S. I leave you with a few quotes from the man himself:

- "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."

- "Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read."

- "If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library."

- Interviewer: "So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?"
Frank Zappa: "You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?"

"Joe's Garage"

Written by Frank Zappa

[Shortened and modified Central Scrutinizer intro by Craig Guerrieri]
This is the Central Scrutinizer...
It is my responsibility to alert each and every one of you
To the potentially dangerous consequences, if you choose a career in MUSIC...

We take you now to a garage, in Canoga Park...
[End intro]

It wasn't very large
There was just enough room to cram the drums
In the corner over by the Dodge
It was a fifty-four
With a mashed up door
And a cheesy little amp
With a sign on the front, said "Fender Champ"
And a second-hand guitar
It was a Stratocaster with a whammy bar!

We could jam in Joe's Garage
His Mama was screamin'
His Dad was mad
We was playin' the same old song
In the afternoon and sometimes we would
Play it all night long
It was all we knew, and easy too
So we couldn't get it wrong
All we did was bend the string like...

Down in Joe's Garage
We didn't have no dope or LSD
But a couple a quarts of beer
Would fix it so the intonation
Would not offend yer ear
And the same old chords goin' over 'n over
Became a symphony
We could play it again 'n again 'n again
Cause it sounded good to me

We could jam in Joe's Garage
His Mama was screamin',
We was playin' the same old song
In the afternoon and sometimes we would
Play it all night long
It was all we knew, and easy too
So we wouldn't get it wrong
Even if you played it on the saxophone!

We thought we was pretty good
We talked about keepin' the band together
And we figured that we should
'Cause about this time we was gettin' the eye
From the girls in the neighborhood
They'd all come over and dance around like...

So we picked out a stupid name
Had some cards printed up for a coupla' bucks
And we was on our way to fame
Got matching suits
And Beatle Boots
And a sign on the back of the car
And we was ready to work in a Go-Go bar

People seemed to like our song
They got up and danced and made a lotta noise
And it wasn't 'fore very long
A guy from a company we can't name
Said we oughta take his pen
And sign on the line for a real good time
But he wouldn't tell us when
These "good times" would be somethin'
That was really happenin'
So the band broke up
And it looks like
We will never play again...

Guess you only get one chance in life
To play a song that goes like...

Well the years was rollin' by
Heavy Metal and Glitter Rock
Had caught the public eye
Snotty boys with lipstick on
Was really flyin' high
And then they got that Disco thing
And New Wave came along
And all of a sudden I thought the time
Had come for that old song
We used to play in "Joe's Garage"
And if I am not wrong
You will soon be dancin' to the...

[Central Scrutinizer]
The WHITE ZONE is for loading and unloading only.
If you gotta load, or if ya gotta unload, go to the WHITE ZONE...

I said the years was rollin' by, yeah...
The years was rollin' by...

This is the Central Scrutinizer...
That was Joe's first confrontation with "The Law"!
Naturally, we were easy on him.
One of our friendly counselors gave him a donut,
And told him to stick closer to church-oriented social activities...


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