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Jeff Simmons

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Jeff Simmons is a Rock musician and former member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Simmons provided bass, guitar, and/or vocal for the group between 1970 and 1971. He left The Mothers just prior to the filming of 200 Motels in mid 1971. Jeff later returned to the group for a time during 1972 and 1973. Zappa and Mothers albums he appeared on include Chunga’s Revenge (1970), Waka/Jawaka (1972), Roxy & Elsewhere (1974).

Simmons stayed in Los Angeles and completed two solo albums for Straight Records. He co-composed the soundtrack for the biker film Naked Angels (1969). His second album Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (1970), featured Zappa as producer. Zappa wrote two songs and played lead guitar under the pseudonym La Marr Bruister. The engineer was Chris Huston, who also worked on Led Zeppelin II at about the same time. Lucile was voted the 2nd best album on Straight Records by Mojo Magazine. Both albums were re-issued on CD in 2007 by World In Sound Records.

Simmons is one of only a handful of musicians to share a songwriting credit with Zappa. Their co-laboration Wonderful Wino appears on Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up and on Zappa’s 1976 album Zoot Allures. The title song of the album Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up was also re-recorded in a completely different arrangement on Zappa’s 1979 album Joe’s Garage. During a 1982 guest DJ spot on UK’s BBC Radio 1 Zappa played some of his favorite songs including Simmons’ I’m In The Music Business.

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  • sumidiotdude

    man he scored the soundtrack to naked angels LIVE while watching the film, thats fucking insane

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • pumi12

    awesome !!!!!

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    i'm in the music business is the funniest song ive ever heard.

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • fleadilla

    seriously. less than 1000 listeners? that's so garbage bag.

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • tarciomeixeira

    Anyone with the Easy Chair's songs? EC was Jeff's band before he joined Mothers...

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • fleadilla

    Jeff Simons is brillant. And "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up" is a perfect album. [2] - Great album. Heard it for the first time recently. Instant classic.

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Kaoru_is_here

    I'm pretty sure that some German radio station used "First Desert Ride" as a jingle/theme music for a show... but I can't remember for my life which station or show it was. If anyone knows it... please help me! Not knowing drives me insane! :-/

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • tarciomeixeira

    Jeff Simons is brillant. And "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up" is a perfect album.

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ventolin

    more people need to find out about this great music...

    28 Jan 2007 Reply

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