Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pink Floyd in the garden

The November issue of NZ Gardener arrived today. On page 10 it announces the latest varieties of flowers, fruit and vegetables. They include Pink Floyd, a new amaryllis, as well as a carrot called Purple Haze (a 1967 single by Jimi Hendrix) and a sunflower called King Kong (a Frank Zappa tune from the 1969 album Uncle Meat). It can’t be long before we see a capsicum called Sergeant Pepper.

Here is Zappa and the original Mothers performing “King Kong” live for the BBC in 1968. It’s a bit different from most pop music of the day. It’s in 3/8, for a start. Maybe it's a bit different from most pop music, full stop.

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