An Evening with Wild Man Fischer

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An Evening with Wild Man Fischer
Studio album by Wild Man Fischer
Released 1968
Recorded various dates
Genre outsider music
Length 82:36
Label Bizarre
Producer Frank Zappa
Wild Man Fischer chronology
An Evening with Wild Man Fischer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [2]

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 it was. Some of side one had audio clips of live street performances where he would ask passerby to hear a song for a dime. Side two is a collection of songs with no background band playing, just having Fischer. Side three is filled with Fischer's first songs, and his stories of making them. The final side included 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 later referenced in the spoken dialogue segments of Zappa's Lumpy Gravy.

The copyright is owned by the estate of Frank Zappa, whose widow Gail had refused to release it on compact disc.[3] After Gail's death, the album was finally issued on a double CD in 2016 on the Gonzo Multimedia label.[4] This CD version was copied from a vinyl LP.

Track listing (including explanatory notes)[edit]

Side One: The Basic Fischer
No. Title Length
1. "Merry-Go-Round" 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
No. Title Length
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
13. "Rhonda" 0:54
14. "I Looked Around You" 1:31
15. "Jennifer Jones" 4:51
Side Three: Some Historical Notes
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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")