This is the transcription of a recorded interview with Frank Zappa
   conducted sometime in 1978 by Jerry Kay . This interview was sent to
   me on tape by my Deutsche Friend, Georg Deppe (whom I humbly thank for
   the pleasure thereof, and look forward to further correspondence).
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   Frank Zappa:
   Ladies and gentlemen, this is Frank Zappa. I finally managed to find
   this radio station, yes.... this is quite an experience here trying to
   open a bottle of beer - it's one of those imported kind with tinfoil
   that's covering the top. And the guy here has asked me how I like that
   record and since the microphone wasn't on you probably missed the fact
   that I am DEEPLY impressed by any song that fades out with the words:
   "Oooooh-la-LA-la." And I'm sure you are too, otherwise you wouldn't be
   listening to this radio station.
   
   Jerry Kay:
   Did you fade out a couple of songs with "Oooooh-la-LA-la"?
   
   Frank Zappa:
   I think everything has to fade out with "Oooooh-la-LA-la". If you're
   going to fade out, you have to fade out with those words because those
   are the magic words. There are three or four really important words
   that happen in rock and roll and other types of music that normal
   people like to listen to. "Oooooh-la-LA-la" considered as one
   hyphenated word, would be one of the important words, and the other
   thing that you definitely gotta watch out for are the three other
   important magic words that make radio stations go off the air. But we
   won't discuss them right now. Those are the most powerful words in
   America today, that's why we have such a wonderful place to live in.
   
   Now, I'm here to play an album for you and I'm rapping... well..
   rapping is one of those words that you say when you go on rock and
   roll radio stations... I'm rapping a little bit at this point to
   prepare each and every one of you for the grand and glorious
   experience of getting your little cassette machines out BECAUSE I
   would like to have you tape-record this album off the air BECAUSE this
   album is not going to be available in the stores BECAUSE Warner
   Brothers is trying to RUIN MY DARN CAREER.
   
   Jerry Kay:
   Tell us what happened, as far as why this record is not being released
   and how come.
   
   Frank Zappa:
   Well, it's not very simple to explain but I'll make a stab at it, and
   I don't really believe that people want to listen to a bunch of legal
   crud on the radio, but it's kinda unavoidable. Warner Brothers does
   not have the rights to this material although it was delivered to them
   and they refused to pay me for the material. And so I claimed a breach
   of contract and set out to negotiate with some other record companies.
   In several instances, Warner Brothers interfered with those
   negotiations and spoiled the possibility of releasing this material
   elsewhere.
   
   The first place they did it was with EMI, and the second place they
   did it was with Mercury Phonogram, and Mercury Phonogram was enough
   into the deal where they had made test pressings - they were ready to
   press the album, the cover was printed and so on and so forth. What
   you're listening to now is actual test pressings of the album that
   Mercury Phonogram had prepared. At the last minute, Warner Brothers
   threatened them with legal proceedings and blah, blah, blah, and so
   they backed out of the deal. And the way it stands now, my future as a
   recording artist is dangling in midair pending court procedures, which
   in California for civil cases can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years just
   to get a day in court and have your case heard.
   
   Since I don't think that anybody wants to wait 3 to 5 years to hear my
   wonderful music...
   
   Jerry Kay:
   Hear, hear.
   
   Frank Zappa:
   I have taken it upon myself to come down here and advise anybody
   interested in the stuff that I do to get a cassette machine, and tape
   this album - you can have it for free, just take it right off the
   radio. Y'know, don't buy it - TAPE IT.
   
   (Presumably after the album has been played on the air)
   
   Frank Zappa:
   This has been Frank Zappa as temporary bogus disc jockey playing The
   Leather Album for you and now I'm gonna say goodbye. Thanks a lot for
   letting me come down here and do it.
   
   Jerry Kay:
   Thanks, it was an absolute joy.
   
   Frank Zappa:
   Well, I don't know about that, come on now. That's probably more of my
   music that has been played on the radio in one blast.... I mean that's
   gotta be the world's record. You probably lost all of your listeners,
   they're all seeking elsewhere for the safety pin through the cheek
   music.
   
   Jerry Kay:
   I think they want to hear side 9.
   
   Frank Zappa:
   They do? (laughs). Well, since there is no side 9, since Warner
   Brothers has seen to that, we're going to leave you with GOODBYE.
   
   Jerry Kay:
   Again, thank you very much. I hope you have enjoyed this, I know you
   have and, uh, ta-ta.
   
   
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