Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Swedish parody on Joe's Garage

Since Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage is Album of the Month on Radio Dupree, we thought this might be of interest for you Zappa fans out there.
This is the cover of an LP by the Swedish artist Eddie Meduza. The music on this album does not remind of Zappa's music at all. The only similarity is that both Zappa and Meduza wrote explicit lyrics and had a somewhat droll kind of humor. But the Meduza album gives a hint of how popular Zappa was at the time. Garagetaper was released in 1980 and Zappa was more popular than ever in Sweden with his most recent albums Sheik Yerbouti and Joe's Garage. He was so popular that Eddie Meduza, who was the bad boy of Swedish rock music, chose to make a parody of the Joe's Garage cover, and everybody got the "joke".

Who was Eddie Meduza?
Eddie (
Errol Norstedt) was born in 1948 and died in 2002. His main audience may still be among people who enjoy driving around town in old american cars with dixie flags on etc, in Swedish called "raggare". But Meduza's silly songs, jokes and characters have also become a part of musicians folklore in Sweden.

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