|JON POOLE - latest update 17th APRIL 2004|
JON POOLE is a one time Cardiacs guitarist, a member of Ad Nauseum and a Wildhearts/Silver Ginger Five bass player, HE IS ALSO MANY OTHER THINGS TO MANY OTHER PEOPLE...
Poole is a Cardiacs guitarist and a Wildhearts bass player, (Random)
Jon Poole has also recorded a solo album of FRANK ZAPPA COVERS that has
become a minor legend in underground prog/pronk/psych circles. The much
sort after album is now finally be available on general release ORG. Mr
Poole also has an album of his own work ready to go along with a solo track
on the CARDIACS AND AFFECTIONATE FRIENDS album.
"WHAT'S THE UGLIEST PART OF YOUR BODY? - THE WORKS OF FRANK ZAPPA CIRCA 65-69" - the 16 track album.
A LITTLE HISTORY ON THAT UGLIEST PART ALBUM
JON POOLE's home-brewed tribute to the late and great Frank Zappa is the result of several slightly deranged months of work in 1994. It was recorded using a Fostex four track, a DX7, a scary amount of natural guitar talent and (and this is the really deranged part) an Alesis HR16 drum machine. Aside from the fact that the results sound great - so much so that when Jon originally released this as a tape album it became such a mini legend he couldn't copy the thing fast enough - the HR16 is a primitive thing with the brain of a toaster. One song can take up the entire memory, if it has a lot of different drum patterns - and we're talking Zappa here. Besides this, every so often you have to dismantle the machine and clean out the innards if you want the buttons to work. Then there's the DX7 synthesiser. Few people have managed to make this early digital bargain bin familiar sound good, but Jon found out how to do it. Needs must. As for that four-track...
just the hardware. What possesses somebody to spend their days and nights
immersed in these classic compositions for weeks at a time? To drive themselves
insane with stoneage gear and lack of sleep? For no logical reason but
to revel in the music itself. Jon still doesn't know what came over him
back in the summer of '94, but the result's a unique twist on the original
recordings that have already introduced many new listeners to Frank Zappa's
|PRESS QUOTES AND SUCH|
“If you've ever heard of Jon Poole, then it's probably as the guitarist in cult heroes, Cardiacs. Frank Zappa's music is rarely covered, and when it is, it's usually by 'serious' musicians like Pierre Boulez. Your average guitar band would be as able to play Zappa music as it would to walk on water. But for a member of Cardiacs, it's a different story - you simply couldn't be in the band if you were unable to fit, say, 40 notes of different measure into five bars of various time.
Recorded back in 1994 and given out on old-fashioned cassettes (and later on around 50 CD-Rs), this masterwork (there really is no other term to do it justice) gets its first proper release here. Poole draws on Zappa's early material up to Hot Rats, for example 'Peaches En Regalia'. There's also a lot of stuff from We're Only In It For The Money - notably this CD's title track and a Cardiacs-go-pop take on 'Flower Punk.'
Poole - a gentleman - thankfully avoids Zappa's nasty misogyny to a large degree, although the unsettling 'Brown Shoes Don't Make It', from Absolutely Free, is here. The absence of the composer's sneering delivery makes a lot of the material more listenable, and if you've always found Zappa's complex arrangements intriguing, but have been put off by his personality, this CD sugars the pill - although Zappa fans should also find it an impressive tribute.
Poole made this music in a summer-long creative frenzy, his obsession driving him to overcome material circumstances: for just one man to produce this would be, even in a high tech studio, amazing. But the fact that it was entirely put together with the help of nothing more advanced than a cheap drum machine and a Fostex four-track is nothing short of astounding”.
Jack Cane RECORD COLLECTOR FEB 2003
|RELEASES ON ORG RECORDS|
"WHAT'S THE UGLIEST PART OF YOUR BODY? - THE WORKS OF FRANK ZAPPA CIRCA
65-69" track listing - Uncle Meat/Flower Punk/Who Are The Brain Police?/Mother
People/Concerntration Moon/Harry, Your A Beast/What's The Ugliest Part
Of Your Body?/Oh No/You're Probably Wondering Why i'm Here/The Legend Of
The Golden Arches (Interlude)/Dog Breath/Cruising For Burgers/Let's Make
The Water Turn Black/The Idiot Bastard Son/Brown Shoes Don't Make It/Peaches
BY CARDIACS AND AFFECTIONATE FRIENDS" -
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