An Evening with Wild Man Fischer

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An Evening with Wild Man Fischer
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1968[1]
Recordedvarious dates
StudioSunset Sound, Los Angeles and The Log Cabin, Los Angeles
GenreOutsider music
ProducerFrank Zappa
Wild Man Fischer chronology
An Evening with Wild Man Fischer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Billboard4/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone(mixed) [4]
The Village VoiceB[5]

An Evening with Wild Man Fischer is a 1968 double LP album by Wild Man Fischer. It was produced by Frank Zappa and released on his Bizarre record label.

The album is split into four different areas on each record side for the type of song they contain. Some of side one had audio clips of live street performances where he would ask passerby to hear a song for a dime with percussion noises from Art Tripp added in. Side two is a collection of A cappella songs from Larry, with him also occasionally using a guitar to strum or use as percussion. Side three is filled with Fischer's first songs, and his stories of making them, as well as more street performances with Art's percussion. The final side includes a "psychedelic" rock song called Circles, and The Wild Man Fischer Story, which had Fischer sing about his home life by year. The song "Merry Go Round" as well as Fischer's remark of "You call that doing your thing?" during "New Kind of Songs for Sale" were referenced in the spoken dialogue segments of both Zappa's Lumpy Gravy and Civilization Phase III.

The copyright is owned by the estate of Frank Zappa, whose widow Gail had refused to release it on compact disc.[6] After Gail's death, the album was finally issued on a double CD in 2016 on the Gonzo Multimedia label.[7] This CD version was copied from a vinyl LP.

Track listing (including explanatory notes)[edit]

Side One: The Basic Fischer
1."Merry-Go-Round" (This is Wild Man's theme song, sort of)1:53
2."New Kind of Songs For Sale" (live on the strip)7:13
3."I'm Not Shy Anymore!" (Larry relives the past in the studio)1:01
4."Are You From Clovis?"1:53
5."The Madness & Ecstasy" (Kim Fowley & Rodney Bingenheimer provide an introduction to, and make prophecies about the future of Wild Man Fischer)7:47
Side Two: Larry's Songs, Unaccompanied
1."Which Way Did the Freaks Go?"1:47
2."I'm Working For the Federal Bureau of Narcotics"1:21
3."The Leaves Are Falling"0:54
4."85 Times"0:56
5."Cops & Robbers"1:40
6."Monkeys Versus Donkeys"2:00
7."Start Life Over Again"1:58
8."The Mope"1:48
9."Life Brand New"1:36
10."Who Did It Johnny?"1:46
11."Think of Me When Your Clothes Are Off"0:57
12."Taggy Lee"0:40
14."I Looked Around You"1:31
15."Jennifer Jones"4:51
Side Three: Some Historical Notes
1."The Taster" (fancy version)3:07
2."The Story of The Taster"2:05
3."The Rocket Rock"0:31
4."The Rocket Rock Explanation & Dialog"1:33
5."Dream Girl"2:25
6."Dream Girl Explanation"0:52
7."Serrano (Sorrento?) Beach"1:35
8."Success Will Not Make Me Happy"1:45
9."Wild Man On The Strip Again"7:13
Side Four: In Conclusion
1."Why I Am Normal"2:25
2."The Wild Man Fischer Story"5:34
3."Balling Isn't Everything"1:17
4."Ugly Beautiful Girl"1:14
5."Larry & His Guitar"2:46
6."Circle" (Larry's first psychedelic hit)2:54
7."Larry Under Pressure"1:44


  • Larry Fischer - vocals, electric guitar (on "Larry & His Guitar")
  • Frank Zappa - Guitar on "The Taster" (Fancy version), all instruments on "Circle", production
  • The Mothers of Invention - piano, bass & drums (on "The Taster (fancy version)")
  • Art Tripp - percussion (Side One)
  • Kim Fowley - recitation ("The Madness & Ecstasy")
  • Rodney Bingenheimer - recitation ("The Madness & Ecstasy")
  • The GTOs - recitation ("The Madness & Ecstasy")


  1. ^ Pope, Joseph (n.d.). "Wild Man Fischer Discography". Rocky Mountain Low. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Billboard
  4. ^ Winner, Langdon (9 August 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (39): 35–36.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 14, 1969). "Consumer Guide (1)". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  6. ^ The Independent, "Wild Man Fischer: Outsider musician who was discovered by Frank Zappa but could never transcend his psychiatric disorders"
  7. ^