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Ike Willis  & Ugly Radio Rebellion

Keeping the Music of Zappa Alive

Written by Jimmy Cummings
Fans of Frank Zappa converged on Stanley’s Pub in Cincinnati to witness the one and only Ike Willis and his band Ugly Radio Rebellion. Buckeye Music Magazine was proud to be on hand for this opportunity to relive some of Zappa’s best performed by Ike Willis himself. Willis joined the Zappa band back in 1978 playing on classics like Joe’s Garage one of my favorite albums and more recently played in the Zappa tribute band Project Object. Ike’s new band, Ugly Radio Rebellion is a testament to Willis’s ability to find great talent and put together a show that Zappa would be proud of. The band was still setting up when we arrived but it was already standing room only, but luckily Chubby found room back by the soundboard to set things up to record and I’m glad he did. We witnessed one of the best shows of the year.
Stanley’s Pub is a great place to get up close and personal with whoever takes the stage, so to say I was stoked to be four feet from Ike would be putting it mildly. The band opened up with “five-five-Five” that sent the crowd into a frenzy, then into “Camarillo Brillo” from Zappa’s Over-Night Sensation album. The first set also included classics like “Muffin Man” and my favorite “Joe’s Garage.” Ike was on fire and too was the band that consists of Scott Schroen (Guitar, Vocals), Dan Paschall (Drums, Vocals), and Andrew Walley (Bass, Vocals). These guys are tight and they proved it with every song including “Catholic Girls” and a version of “Crew Slut” that was SICK. The set also included the bands version of “Whipping Post” that left everyone trying to catch their breath. The band started the second set where they left off, somewhere in the cosmos.

The set began with “Heavy Duty Judy” and the song “Dirty Love” that was a crowd favorite. The entire night was full of timeless Zappa hits like “Filthy Habits” “Uncle Remus” and a version “Cosmik Debris” that tore the roof off Stanley’s Pub. Schroen is the perfect counterpart to Ike on Guitar; they are both flawless and Paschall is a monster on the Drum kit. Together with Walley on Bass (whose is the grandson of Denny Walley who toured with Zappa in 1975) Ugly Radio Rebellion brings the music of Zappa alive just like Frank wanted. It was an amazing night and one I am still talking about. If you are a Zappa fan I’m sorry you missed this one, but not half as sorry as you are I bet! Thanks to Ike Willis and Radio Rebellion for letting us get in their face and record the show; you guys are GREAT! And thanks to Steve and the kind folks at Stanley’s Pub for having us out and for their hospitality; you guys make Stanley’s one of the best venues in the state. We’ll see ya next time!


Taped by Chubby Howard

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Chubby Howard: chubby@buckeyemusicmagazine.com
Jimmy Cummings: jimmy@buckeyemusicmagazine.com
Kim Howard: kim@buckeyemusicmagazine.com
Lisa Cummings: lisa@buckeyemusicmagazine.com
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