JEFF SIMMONS Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (1970)

Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (1970)
Ex-Mother’s Career Defining Work

Someone requested this, saying it was nowhere to be found, so I went to the usual places to find him a link and… it was nowhere to be found. So here you go. Simmons was bassist for Frank Zappa’s Mothers when he quit his gig on the eve of the filming of 200 Motels. The movie’s plot even somewhat centers around him and other band members being fed up with Zappa’s “comedy group.” Fact is… Jeff & Frank had a lot in common, comedy included, and this 1970 release on Zappa’s Straight label displays many of the kitchen sink stylistic characteristics Frank liked to employ in his own music. Simmons’ tongue/cheek action is similar, as well. FZ is on board producing and playing lead guitar on “Raye” and “Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up” – a 50s-styled, tortured teenage love song great (that FZ co-opted, along with “Wonderful Wino,” for his own future bands). From 2007, with bonus tracks, including extended “Lucille” jamming and a hidden, live blues club recording that shows why Simmons should’ve been taken more seriously. 35 years later, Jeff finally got around to following up this release with a new CD, Blue Universe.


Appian Way (2:32)
Zondo Zondo (1:54)
Madame du Barry (2:47)
I’m In The Music Business (4:10)
Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (3:19)
Raye (4:49)
Wonderful Wino (2:58)
Tigres (3:18)
Aqueous Humore (3:32)
Conversations With a Recluse (3:58)
Bucket of Blues (2:41) (Bonus)
Lucille Hmmu (8:23) (Bonus)

16 Comments

  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    December 22, 2009 - 16:25 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Johnny Pierre
    December 23, 2009 - 09:10 | Permalink

    Wow…here's an lp I never thought I'd hear again. I remember buying it back in the day. Thanks for posting!

  • 3
    or
    December 23, 2009 - 12:51 | Permalink

    WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THIS ELIXIR?!

    thank you so much, Willard.
    i pretty much consider this album the rock equivalent to Jean-Luc Ponty's King Kong, sort of an extension of FZ's catalog.
    the cool thing was that JS returned to tour with the mothers in '74, and performed on Roxy and Elsewhere..
    Dummy up always cracks me up.
    Cheers!

  • 4
    Art Ducko
    December 24, 2009 - 17:10 | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you, amigo. Thank you for all the year-round presents you've given us. Have a groovy new year.

  • 5
    Jeff Simmons
    January 16, 2010 - 17:02 | Permalink

    Hello Willard,

    this is to thank you profusely for the page regarding my album
    Lucille HMMU. it is easily the best … most concise and pro overview this record has out there.

    best,
    jeff simmons
    bluefoxrecords.com

  • 6
    Capt. Willard
    January 16, 2010 - 17:04 | Permalink

    You are way too kind, Mr. Jeff. Many thanks.

  • 7
    Cqsender
    March 19, 2010 - 12:35 | Permalink

    Hi i've got this one on digital for 2 months now and i realy love it. Specially the song Bucket of blues id like to know who are the musicians on this one, if anyone can help i'll be very thankfull

  • 8
    Richard
    May 4, 2010 - 11:39 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. This is a nice LP.
    Ringo's chauffeur was in fact a gentleman called Martin Lickert, who replaced Jeff after he quit 1/2way through 200 MOTELS. Apparently FZ said "The next guy who walks through that door has the job…" cue Martin. BTW, Jeff's "Naked Angels" s/track LP[also released on Straight] is fairly spiffy too.

  • 9
    Clive
    May 5, 2010 - 20:18 | Permalink

    wow, I remember getting the title track on a sampler of Zappa discoveries called 'Zapped' that featured Alice Cooper, The GTO's and Wildman Fischer too.

    Never got to hear this whole record though, so thanks a lot!

  • 10
    November 6, 2011 - 15:46 | Permalink

    SO much better than Frank’s cover, and I *loved* Joe’s Garage. Thanks for this!

  • 11
    grifftrain
    January 6, 2012 - 10:53 | Permalink

    Thanks for this lp. This guy seems really cool, and I love the record. next stop Amazon

  • 12
    buzz baby jesus
    January 6, 2012 - 14:28 | Permalink

    LHMMMU and Wonderful Wino are both better than Frank’s versions.

  • 13
    TheWalkingDeadMan
    January 6, 2012 - 19:27 | Permalink

    How cool is that when the artist himself comments on one of Willard’s posts?

    Pretty damn cool is what I think….

    Thanks Willard and Mr. Jeff

    TWDM

  • 14
    buzz baby jesus
    January 6, 2012 - 21:19 | Permalink

    About as cool as it gets.

  • 15
    jewellworks
    March 24, 2014 - 19:36 | Permalink

    in the early 90s i was a total FZ FREAK living in Cocoa FL. there was a flea market that had an insanely HUGE record shop. bins and bins and bins… and i found this record and held it in my hands, knowing full well i should buy it -just because. but i was terribly poor at the time and couldnt. im sooooooooo glad to finally have heard the original version of this!!

    • 16
      Willard
      March 24, 2014 - 20:08 | Permalink

      Glad you got it. Thanks for commenting. Don’t forget to check out all our FZ tributes (listed down the right hand side).

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