That's right, you heard right. The secret word for tonight is not Mudshark! The word on the marquee of the infamous Edgewater Inn is CANDIDATE. Yes boys and girls it's official, FRANK ZAPPA has announced his intentions of running for Prez in 1992. Oh what a glorious day!!
Since R.O.C. is a long long way from ever getting a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS (which would forbid us from being active in political campaigns) and being that we may not even want one, we say, "Fuck the IRS, we're backing Frank."
Upon hearing the joyous news (which was announced on CNN and in a SPIN Magazine article) R.O.C. fired off a letter to Frank congratulating him for the decision and to offer our services in the campaign. Here in Ohio, we are prepared to register voters, circulate ballot petitions for signing, set up fund raisers, benefits and do whatever it takes to get folks behind Frank. We urge our friends and supporters in other areas to do the same.
For those who don't know, Frank Zappa has been in the forefront of fighting censorship and the PMRC for a number of years. He was one of the few musicians who had enough guts to testify before the "sham" Senate Committee hearings on rock & roll back in 1985. Hearings that were orchestrated by Tipper Gore and the PMRC, and on which Tipper's husband, Senator Al Gore sat. Yes, it's a family affair!
It has been reported that Frank has spent nearly $70,000 of his own money fighting this foolishness being perpetrated by Tipper Gore & Co. Frank Zappa's dedication and vigilance is an inspiration to all of us in the anti-censorship movement.
R.O.C. urges all of our readers and supporters to "get behind Frank." If you are not registered to vote, get off your ass and get it done. Then sign-up so you can register other people. Get all of your music loving friends to become active and involved in Frank's campaign. Hey, it's like this people, we all started getting fucked when the "two bit" actor came on the scene. And old "read my lips" has continued to pork us. Let's now work like hell to get a real people's candidate in the White House, one of our own, a musician. We can't think of anyone better than Frank Zappa.
ON RIGHT WING POLITICS
"The extremists on the right are Republicans in name only. What these people really are is fascist. Call a spade a spade."
ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
"If there's any evidence that spoken material has caused people to engage in anti-social activities, the preponderance of evidence is against TV evangelists whose followers have committed crimes of an even more serious nature. For example, the guy on the Staten Island Ferry who appears with a sword, and kills 4 people, because Jesus told him to do it. The lunatics in this world are in that camp, not the people who listen to heavy metal records or rap records. The sick people are the ones who watch these Christian programs on TV."
ON MUSIC IN GENERAL
"Music is good. It's the only religion that delivers the goods. Anybody who wants to hear any kind of music is entitled to hear that music because it's good for you. It makes you feel good. If you like it, go for it. It's a matter of personal taste.
ON PEOPLE LIKE THE PETERS BROS.
"There are Christian groups that go from town to town sponsoring book burnings in the name of Jesus, and that's how they earn their living. Burn records, take up a collection, publish literature, sell pamphlets, sell tapes about backwards masking, all this kind of stuff. It's a racket."
"People in the United States don't care about art. Other nations project the personality of their people through their culture. What we project is military force."
ON JESSE HELMS
"Jesse Helms is a menace to the Constitution. That's the nicest thing you could say about him. A man like Jesse Helms has no place in the U.S. Senate. He woulda done pretty well in Hitler's cabinet, but not in the U.S. Senate."
ON THE MAJOR RECORD COMPANIES CAVING IN TO THE PMRC
"They should've fought 'em tooth and nail from the first day they got the PMRC letter. But no! They had two pieces of legislation that they were tryin' to protect in Congress."