The Mudshark Interview

Frank Zappa & the Mothers

FZ: What's your name?

Mr Tickman: I'm Martin Tickman

FZ: And what is your position here?

Mr Tickman: Front office manager

FZ: The name of this stablishment is . . . ?

Mr Tickman: This is the Edgewater Inn

FZ: In Seattle, Washington. Can you tell me, uh, how some rock'n'roll groups have taken advantage of this unique situation?

Mr Tickman: They've taken advantage in different ways, and we do encourage, uh, and advertise that you can fish from your room and we are glad to have our guests fish from 'em

FZ: Do you supply them with fishing equipment?

Mr Tickman: No, but we have a shop in the hotel that does rent the equipment as well as bait

FZ: What sort of bait do they usually use?

Mr Tickman: Uh, it's a preserved minnow of some variety, I don't know exactly what the fish is

FZ: Well, what do they do after they fish from the window?

Mr Tickman: Well, rock'n'roll bands and other guests as well often catch shark and squid and octopus and usually we, it lands up either in the bath tub or dribbled on the floor on the way to the bath tub

FZ: Mm-mmh . . .

Mr Tickman: But it's not reserved to, uh, to any rock'n'roll bands, I mean, other guests do it too

FZ: Mm-mmh, but how frequently do you find squids and sharks and octopuses in the bath tubs of the rooms here at the hotel?

Mr Tickman: After almost any good weekend of pretty heavy occupancy, say like over half the house filled

FZ: If you have over the . . .

Mr Tickman: Way, way . . .

FZ: . . . over half house filled you'd find one, say?

Mr Tickman: Yeah, say, one or something like that

FZ: So how often would you say that is each week? Twice a week you'd find a . . . ?

Mr Tickman: Well, I would, I don't know that I would say that it would average to anything like that, you may find on four or five rooms with fish from various places, you know, around. But there's not much you can do with the shark after you've caught him, you know, some of these things are pretty big

FZ: What would you imagin