response to the message above was really interesting:
Re: You Guys Suck (Bring On The Fudge)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Rolf Maurer)
>>BTW, it is
interesting to note that the Vanilla Fudge were widely known to have
been the Mafia's contribution to Rock and Roll.<<
... ? Please
explain. But it would account for a lot:
thereabouts, word gets back to John Giotti (who, like most young
people of his generation, spent a lot of time listening to
rock'n'roll) that this guy Frank Zappa is going
around slaggin' his boys, Da Fudge. Giotti bides his time.
Turns out there's this low-level dealer in London that owes John a
favour, and, a couple of years later, Giotti uses his connections to
get this guy tickets really close to the front at a Zappa concert.
The dealer almost chickens out, but at the last moment, while the
band is doing its final encore, he jumps up on the stage and pushes
Zappa (helpfully pointed out to him by one of the unionized stage
electricians) into the orchestra pit.
The plan goes awry
when the would-be hit-man, in the ensuing confusion, is inadvertently
arrested by an incompetent security man (who dies under mysterious
circumstances -- officially, a suicide -- a few days later). Mindful
of what Giotti can do to him behind bars, the attacker makes up some cock-and-bull
story about not getting his money's worth at the concert ("They
never played Petroushka!", and accused Zappa of making eyes at
his girlfriend (whom nobody could subsequently locate). The bobbies,
unhip to the ways of Mob justice, buy his tissue of lies...