Frank Zappa and Ted Nugent

This photograph appeared again on a Zappa fan Facebook page. The comments that poured out were… predictable, showing contempt for and disgust with Ted Nugent. Why would Zappa do that?

So, some context:

The Amboy Dukes recorded five albums between 1967 and 1971, including Journey to the Center of the Mind (1968), which included the title track as a smash single during that psychedelic summer. After a recording hiatus, Frank Zappa signed Nugent and the band, now referred to as Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes, to his DiscReet label. Nine of Zappa’s albums were originally on DiscReet, from Overnite Sensation to Orchestral Favorites (but not Zoot Allures). Eight other artists, including Tim Buckley and Kathy Dalton, also had releases on DiscReet.

Zappa always enjoyed rockers. He later produced the outstanding Grand Funk album, Good Singin’, Good Playin’ (1976) and praised bands such as Guns N’ Roses. The deal Nugent signed produced two excellent records, Call of the Wild (1973) and Tooth, Fang & Claw (1974).

And now you know… the rest of the story.




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