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Freak Out Bacon

By Dave Tompkins at 8:30am ET

The best way to prepare for a vocoder reading in L.A. is listening to Eazy E interview Roger Troutman on the Talk Box. This originally aired on Eazy’s Ruthless Radio show in 1994.

DJ Quik once told me a story about Roger playing the theme from 2001:A Space Odyssey (“Also Sprach Zarathustra”) on acoustic guitar, while having a quiet discussion about the Talk Box. Quik’s guitar player, named Bacon, apparently lost his mind.

“He freaked Bacon out,” said Quik.  “Freaked him right out.”

Roger, bacon.

Unfortunately, I have no photos of Bacon freaking out—or Eazy E interviewing Roger on the Talk Box. This old (1997) picture of me in Forry Ackerman’s basement in L.A. will have to do.  I was testing out HR Giger’s Alien Talk Box, which caused a low rider to explode from my stomach. The little guy near my left elbow was amused.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon mask (not facing the camera) appears to be wearing a toupee.

The shirt is by Organized Konfusion.

This has nothing to do with Roger, or Bacon, but I was just told that Sun Ra once attended a matinee showing of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in Boston. According to Alan Nahigan (who contributed a photograph of the Outer Visual Communicator to the book), Sun Ra said it was “very factual.”

In other exciting news, a pair of vocoders used in Vietnam is now on eBay.

Where’s the sniper?

Volume 10!


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