"Bizarre" Talent Scout
Zappa has always attracted talented
musicians, and artists from every endeavor.
Though Zappa was often criticized by these
same people for his dictatorial methods, and
'no-nonsense' work ethic, the strict
taskmaster only demanded that co-workers
exhibit the best of their capabilities,
just like Frank.
When Zappa landed at the Laurel Canyon Log
Cabin in March,1968, he was enjoying his new
position as head of his own label,
The first "artists"
"Wildman" Fischer, The Alice Cooper Band,
" Wild Man"
another "Hollywood Freak" who was a regular on the Sunset
Strip. Much like the GTO's, Wildman Fischer's one &
only album resulted from both Frank Zappa's
inate ability to recognize the "talent potential" in
everyone, and his desire to record & release albums from his
Bizarre Records talent roster, at the lowest possible expense.
Rather than write about "Wildman's"
life, I'll refer the reader to
Frank Zappa's version
Fischer - "The Album"
Produced by Frank Zappa
Engineered by Jerry Hansen at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood
Street field recording by Dick Kunc
Words and music on all songs by Larry Fischer
Business production: Herb Cohen
Copyright 1968 by Bizarre Music Co. BMI
Larry Fischer - Vocal
Rodney Bingenheimer - Vocal
Kim Fowley - Vocal
GTO's - Vocals
Artie Tripp - Percussion
Frank Zappa - Percussion
An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
Bizarre/Reprise 2XS 6332
Released:April 28, 1969
Prior to the album's
release, the ever industrious, avowed anti-commercial spokesman,
Frank Zappa, first released a 45 single of the 2 most likely commercial
cuts from the obvious non-commercial 2 disc LP, just 6 months after
his arrival at the Log Cabin.
Wild Man Fischer
Bizarre/Reprise 0781, October 9, 1968)
Album Liner Notes
by Frank Zappa
An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
Wild Man Fischer is a real person who lives in Hollywood,
California. He used to be very shy. He didn't have any friends.
One day he decided to be more aggressive. He would write his own
songs and sing to people and tell them he wasn't shy anymore.
When he did this, everyone thought he was crazy. His mother had
him committed to a mental institution twice.
The material for this album was recorded live in the street
(with Larry's knowledge and consent) in front of the WHISKY A
GO GO and THE HAMBURGER HAMLET on Sunset Strip, by DICK KUNC, on
a UHER portable stereo tape recorder. The percussion effects
were added later in Studio 2 at SUNSET SOUND by ART TRIPP,
engineered by JERRY HANSEN. Larry's unaccompanied
recorded at Sunset and in
the basement of the LOG CABIN. The
monologues were recorded at Sunset. THE TASTER and CIRCLE are
accompanied by multiple over-dub tracks which I manufactured.
MERRY-GO-ROUND and SERRANO BEACH are accompanied by THE BIZARRE
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE. The MADNESS AND ECSTACY of the second half
of SIDE ONE was a spontaneous recitation (he was making it all
up in the studio, believe it or not) by MR. KIM FOWLEY and MR.
RODNEY BINGENHEIMER, assisted in spots by the GTO'S (Girls
Together Outrageously). The girl's voice at the end of side one
belongs to MISS JOHNA, who was, at one time, Larry's girl
friend. The percussion was added later on another session.
Please listen to this album several times before you decide
whether or not you like it or what Wld Man Fischer is all about.
He has something to say to you, even though you might not want
to hear it.
inner spread of this album's gatefold sleeve is a Cal Schenkel
assemblage of images, credits,
and the above comment by FZ. Within this layout is a hand-drawn
'celebrity' chart by Fischer. Wild Man asked that his chart be
included [A thumbnail image of it is included below]
Man' seemed to think that this insert would clarify much of his
original material appearing in the grooves of this double disc
WARNING: Don't waste too much time attempting to find any sense in
it. Instead of clarification, it provides the same scattered
nonsense as Fischer's "songs".
Whether it's Mr. Zappa's inability to spot, or his refusal to
promote, commercially viable talent, this album surpasses the GTO's
"Permanent Damage" album in terms of nonsense, raising the
"Was Frank Zappa just finding projects that were obviously done
as low-budget 'write-offs' for his Bizarre Records label, perhaps to
cover expenses he previously owed the parent label?
Or perhaps...Did he think that the low -but not bad- sales of
"Freak Out" signaled a new "freak" market eager
for such nonsense? Only Herb Cohen really knows!
Whatever the case, a click on the above thumbnail for
a clarification of Wild Man Fischer's mind set & thought process,
will save the reader hours of wasted time spent listening to this
Larry "Wild Man" Fischer - "The Man"
Larry Fischer, aka Wild Man Fischer and other names was born
Lawrence Wayne Fischer, on November 6, 1945, in Los Angeles.
Fischer was institutionalized twice, while still in his teens, for
attacking several members of his family. The docters diagnosed him
as having the mental disorders, paranoid schizophrenia
and manic depression. When he was finally released
from the mental hospital for the second time, Larry was forced to
live on the streets, where he found Hollywood, especially
the Sunset Strip, the most receptive (AKA
area for a man of his talents.
He originally stayed with a number of his old friends, but his
behavior, violent mood swings, and tendency to throw things in fits
of frustration, often resulted in very short stays, and he soon ran
out of his short list of tolerant friends.
Fischer was now a 'bona-fide' street person, who
tried to avoid pan handling by making up songs that he would
sing for tourists and other
passerbys for 10 cents. It was
during this period that
him, singing outside Canter's Coffee Shop in the wee hours
of morning. The big record company tycoon signed him up
and 'Wild Man' found a career.
|Alas, this tale doesn't have the 'storybook happy ending',
as the last paragraph presents. Naturally, the album wasn't a
'blockbuster' seller, resulting in Wild Man's return to '10 cents a
song' Sunset concert performances. Worse, Fischer flew into one of
his frustration rages while at the Zappa's family home, narrowly
missing little 'Moon' Zappa when he began throwing things.
Frank Zappa finally recognized the potential for disaster from this
dangerous 'Wild Man', and cut all ties with Fischer, refusing to
have anything more to do with his 'troubled artist'.