I totally remember Sue! Hi Sue, come on in the water's fine! yup Bill Gracie was called "the blimp" because he had basically "become" the Trout Mask Replica album by then... LOL! When I first met him, his almost every response to anything was, "it's the blimp, Frank!" It was quite positive, really. So, he became know as the Blimp. I'm going to attempt to embed a youtube video with that song, here:
it doesn't work, but you can view the video/listen to the song here, it has the whole song, with Frank Zappa in the control room, producing the album for Don Van Vliet.
There were several other phrases from that album that Billy used frequently, most notably: "A Squid Eating Dough in a Polyethylene bag, is Fast and Bulbous". The phrase 'fast and bulbous' was also used by Frank Zappa in a booklet that came with the Uncle Meat album, it said "Zorch Stroking Fast and Bulbous" and had a picture of I think a zebra's hind end being, err... zorch stroked I guess by the disembodied foot of a mannequin. Cal Schenkel at his finest! I can hear Mike saying in a deadpan voice, "sick"... and of course he'd be right :)
Mike had a long haired black cat named Grymalkin, who was cute but liked to sit on everybody's lap all the time so one day we started calling her "Bulbous", and it stuck. And thenceafter she was known as Bulbous throughout the house of madness.
Ultimately the phrase mutated or evolved (or degenerated) into a totally original phrase, which was "Get Down, Boogie Around, Like a Squid", which was accepted as a part of regular vocabulary by just about everyone in our circle of folks before it was over. It was just something that we said, you know, when you passed someone in the hall, or when you answered the telephone, or whatever. But of course, it was Billy's phrase.
In fact, I think it is in order for a song to be written, with that as the title and main premise. I'll be working on it...
Billie had a deer's hoof, which he'd had mounted on the radio antennae of his convertible mustang (if memory serves). The hoof, he referred to as the "Zomby Hoof" in homage to Frank Zappa's "Zomby Woof". If I recall correctly, that car had a slight run-in with a telephone pole... There, by the Grace of God goes Gracie LOL
oh yeah, hearing the song again reminds me, we did a radio show on the University of Michigan radio station, anyone remember the call letters? (I understand Wayne has the reel-to-reel and may grace us with another round of fine workmanship in digitising it ! nudge nudge, wink wink)... at any rate, I vividly recall on that tape, Bill Gracie was in the studio with us (not Doggie Boone, yes?) and when Bill was asked to say a few words for the fine folks at home, he quoted Captain Beefheart's line, "put me in the thadrack shadrack, I see you floating down the gutter, I'll buy you a bottle of wine!" ROTFLMAO!!!! It kind of left the interviewer speechless, as I recall. what a guy. I'll tell you, he was always several steps ahead of everybody.