FLO & EDDIE Flo & Eddie (1973)

Flo & Eddie (1973)
The Turtles vs. The Mothers

When Frank Zappa was pushed off a stage in London, The Mothers – with new vocalists Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (a.k.a. Flo & Eddie) – we’re suddenly without a job. Signing with Reprise, Flo & Eddie brought along a few ex-Mothers (which included some ex-Turtles) to record their 1972 debut, The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, and this 1973 follow-up, Flo & Eddie – a perfect extension of Mark & Howie’s Turtles’ pop melodies goosed by Zappa’s anything goes attitude (plus a few cool covers, too). It probably should have been a Turtles album, but Mark & Howie weren’t even legally allowed to use their own, Christian names around this time. Hence the moniker. Produced by Bob Ezrin. For you old-schoolers, this is a vinyl rip. Amazon’s got it on a two-fer.


If We Only Had The Time
Days
You’re A Lady
The Original Sound Track From “Carlos And De Bull”
Afterglow
Best Part Of Breaking Up
The Sanzini Bros.
The Sanzini Bros. Reprise
Another Pop Star’s Life
Just Another Town
Marmendy Mill

12 Comments

  • 1
    rap
    February 23, 2009 - 22:51 | Permalink

    Wow. Really overproduced by Ezrin (who they might've met when they toured with Alice.)

    I prefer their first self-produced album, myself, Willard.

    Interesting arrangement of "If We Only Had The Time," compared to the original stoned jam recorded for Shell Shock.

    Love Mark and Howard, though, whatever they do.

    Thanks!

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    November 15, 2009 - 16:28 | Permalink

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  • 3
    Anonymous
    January 8, 2010 - 03:47 | Permalink

    Capt Willard – thanks for the Flo & Eddie posts!

    Anyone out there have 'Are You Ready for Flo and Eddie?' . . . .

  • 4
    Anonymous
    April 25, 2010 - 04:33 | Permalink

    They used to be so good and so funny and then, they just sold out and started doing that Turtles junk again just for quick money. No integrity left Mark and Howie. We liked you better when you had more problems!

    • 5
      Mr. Bauld
      January 8, 2014 - 08:40 | Permalink

      I love people like you! you’re hellbent on preserving your little fantasy world in perfect amber. nothing should ever change! nevermind that “when they had problems” that they probably weren’t as happy as they are without them. lest we mention age? “being” Flo & Eddie must have been tough to keep up. But you got your fantasy nailed down, so you keep to it. Maybe sooner or later, you’ll bump your head and end up in a coma with your good times playing on a loop until the end. Oh, that will be grand.

      Meanwhile, thanks for this rekkid! Yes, Ezrin killed it… but it’s still Kaylan and Volman and it still f’n rules. I only hope that I can get my kids out to see the Turtles this summer!

  • 6
    Capt. Willard
    April 25, 2010 - 04:55 | Permalink

    Turtles "junk?" You need to clean your ears out.

  • 7
    Anonymous
    October 3, 2011 - 17:58 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. Flo and Eddie were among the very few who were able to inject their own personalities into Zappa’s music with sufficient force to compete with his.

    • 8
      Willard
      October 3, 2011 - 18:35 | Permalink

      First time I saw Zappa was with Flo & Eddie, but I didn’t know who they were… until they did their “big hit single” and suddenly all the dots connected.

  • 9
    October 4, 2011 - 00:32 | Permalink

    This is my favorite of their albums, don’t mind Ezrin’s production at all. It added a little spice, especially compared to the previous Flo & Eddie release, ’72′s Flourescent Leech and Eddie, which, while outstanding, sounded a little monochromatic to my ears.

    How’s that for mixed metaphors?

    Anyway, love this record- it’s full of wit and fun (they take the piss from Marc Bolan, a mere 2 years after singing on his best records) and even some genuine tenderness via the semi-autobiographical “Marmendy Mill”…

  • 10
    João
    October 6, 2011 - 11:48 | Permalink

    thanks for the post !

  • 11
    wino
    February 2, 2014 - 02:43 | Permalink

    Just got finished reading Howie’s SHELL SHOCKED. Its hard to believe he lived in my back yard (near St. Louis, MO) for several years after being married to wife #? (Michelle). Willard – could I get a reup on flo & eddie’s (and Harry N’s) “By-the-Fireside” radio show as mentioned on WFMU.

    • 12
      Willard
      February 2, 2014 - 04:04 | Permalink

      Sorry, I’m out of the Harry business.

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