August 1978 recording was the first documentation of music at Woody Woodman's
Finger Palace. It records the score for the theatrical performance of
"The Disclosure Of Gasoline Rationing & The Death And Resurrection
Of The WoodYear Blimp!" The script called for various feats of strength
as it examined the current fate of Americans trying to get their cars
to the moon: potatoes were employed as fuel and were rather prevalent
in this performance.
The WoodYear Blimp, constructed mostly of the lightest of materials so
as to achieve ever-better buoyancy (aluminum, or, as the British like
to say, aluminium, but that's a bit too heavy for our purposes) was seen
to Crash-Fat into a Crater Of Flaming Raw Chicken. This latter was achieved,
or at least delivered to the audience, using a broom handle to shove a
Chinese Wok onto the stage with whole raw chickens akimbo (we think that
this is a Japanese concept) and overhanging the edges, almost, like the
audience, trying to escape; the WoodYear Blimp was then observed crashing
into the Crater (accomplished by Woody Woodman in his Traditional Lightning
Cape: yellow bold against black slick background, the bolt of lightning
leaping beyond the edges of the cape, inside or other side flashy silver,
the whole thing very, very short, except for the Lightning Bolt, which
looked like a banana slug with rigor mortis, and wearing his Special Reflecting
& Pointed Head-Gear), which was subsequently and immediately set on
fire with lighter fluid and the "WoodYear Blimp Crash-Fatted Into
the Flaming Chicken Crater" was complete.
The entire script was read aloud, off stage, at different intervals, and
Woody Woodman would appear to execute, and we mean that, the Tragedy.
Greg Goodman played the score on piano and more or less revealed whatever
Woody was intent on portraying. Food was then served to the remaining
audience, but of course, not the chickens.
BD1: A Similar Review
Greg Goodman: Solo Piano
Part 1: At Least I Don't (20:24)
Part 2: Hum (22:40)
Recorded in Performance August 1978 at Woody Woodman's Finger Palace,
Berkeley, California, USA
All compositions by Greg Goodman (BMI)/© (P) 1978 The Beak
Cover illustration from The City Curious by Jean de Bosschère,
The Beak Doctor nods to Jim Otto.
Produced by Woody Woodman and Henry Kaiser.
LP: presently out of print