Lightning-Rod Man

Album: Hotcakes & Outtakes (1966)

Songfacts®:

  • Features the guitar playing of Lowell George and the drumming of Richie Hayward. Both were later members of the Southern California band, Little Feat.
  • This was a small Southern California single at the time of its original release. Now, it can be found on the Little Feat box set, Hotcakes & Outtakes, released in 2000.
  • Produced by legendary avant-garde musician Frank Zappa.
  • George idolized Zappa. He ended up playing rhythm guitar for Zappa's group, the Mothers of Invention. He emulated Zappa's authoritative style of leadership and reenacted it in Little Feat.
  • Inspired by a Herman Melville story about a guy who sells lightning rods during a thunder storm.

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