It's not a cigar box guitar, but it sure is strange enough for us to study...  In 1963, Frank Zappa appeared on the Steve Allen show to perform a completely avant garde music on various parts of a bicycle, including using a violin bow on the spokes.

What's really interesting is his use of pre-recorded tapes, spoken words from the announcer and other elements, which is very much along the lines of John Cage's style.

Whether you're a Zappa fan or not, this is a great historical glimpse into a maverick composer's early years.

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You can tuna fish...

what about a mud shark?

A Circular Motion is destined to take the place of it in your mythology.

Just because you haven't tried it doesn't mean it won't work.  Part of the fun of experimenting.

Thanks for posting. Zappa was always Zappa. 

    One of the funniest tapes I ever seen, laughed the whole way thru! I'm old enough to remember Steve Allen.

Laughed all the way thru the tape! Classic Steve Allen & Zappa so young!

Interesting stuff :)

Love Frank

Oh man that was fun to watch!

Now I have to find "How's Your Bird"

Rather sad really... FZ had tried to get onto the show with his more- er, more conventional music several times, only to be turned down each time. Subtract the bicycles and you get a decent idea of what he was doing then.

Although this is not the first time I've seen this, it never gets boring. If only Steve Allen knew at the time who he was talking to, I believe he would have been a bit more "in tune" with Frank. They both have incredible musical talent and a different take on life. Great video and yes, I am a Zappa (and Allen) fan. Especially Frank's "Joe's Garage" 3 LP set and Steve's "Piano Tonight" LP. Both are classics. 

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