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.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Adele

AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New York

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkSong Writing

Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.

Tony Joe White

Tony Joe WhiteSongwriter Interviews

The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

Steven Tyler of AerosmithSongwriter Interviews

Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Donald Fagen

Donald FagenSongwriter Interviews

Fagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.