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 Post subject: Billy Mundi
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:14 am 
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Under-rated.

When I first heard the original "king kong" on "uncle meat", I was totally fond of that swinging groove, particularly that great drumming. then, i started hearing live versions of "King Kong" from 1968-1969 and they were unexpectedly enough quite different. The beat was a more pedestrian 12/8 shuffle. Recently I realized that the drummer on "Uncle Meat" "King Kong" must have not been Art Tripp. And I was right.

http://www.united-mutations.com/m/billy_mundi.htm

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Which songs does Billy Mundi drum on?

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Most of Absolutely Free
also: "Who Needs the Peace Corps", "Flower Punk" (yeh!), "Mother People", and most splendiferously and magnificently, the original studio "King Kong" to which Mundi gives a jazz drive and swing that are found in none, I repeat NONE, of the other versions - except the live one on "'Tis the Season to be Jelly" which is also drummed by Billy.


I figure he also must've drummed on the Uncle Meat variant of "Pound For A Brown", as the groove is again slightly different. I like Art Tripp, but he was more of a classical oriented percussionist as opposed to a true groove-oriented drummer as was Billy Mundi. He sure had drive and swing. I really think he was the best drummer the first Mothers had. He could read music as well, which made him stand out amongst other rock drummers back then (which has to be why FZ hired the guy in 1966). I also liked the way FZ used Mundi as a 2nd drummer for the May 1970 shows (most notable of them being the "200 Motels" concerto). He pretty much proved himself to be on equal level with Aynsley Dunbar.

Now playing "Tis The Season To Be Jelly". Man could he swing!

P.S. Mundi defected the Mothers to join Rhinoceros in late 1967 (apparently this was an opportunity for him to escape starving, a problem that plagued many Mothers). Anyone ever heard his work with that band? If so, is it any good?

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I have some Rhinoceros stuff. It's okay. Just fairly standard late 60s soul/blues/rock. Nothing to write home about.

Thanks for the info on the little-mentioned Billy Mundi. I always wondered exactly what he did with the band - I agree the UM version of King Kong really grooves like no other version.

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Yea he was great!

What I want to know is who is playing drums on Call any Vegetable?

damn good stuff!

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If Billy Mundi did King Kong, then DAMN RIGHT is he underrated! That's some good work,there.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:19 am 
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It's a shame the lower part of one of his legs was amputated a few years ago. I got to hear him perform with the Mothers Of Invention and Rhinoceros back in the 60s and most recently with The Grandmothers in 2001 at which time he signed my copy of the first Rhinoceros lp as he asked, "Where did you get this?!?". To thank me for a favor, he once sent to me a very cool image of him with the Mother Of Invention live onstage. It must be rare because I've never seen it on the web. Nice guy.

The Grandmothers
1 November 2001
Zig's
Alexandria, Virginia
Don Preston, Bunk "Sweet Pants" Gardner, Roy Estrada, Billy Mundi with Ken Rosser on guitar
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Call Any Vegetable
Invocation & Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin
I Can't Breathe
You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here
Mom & Dad
What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (excerpt)
Flower Punk
Wowie Zowie
New Age Mumbo Jumbo
The Little House I Used To Live In
Twenty Small Cigars
Uncle Meat
More Trouble Every Day
Immaculate Deception
The Duke Of Prunes
Amnesia Vivace
The Duke Regains His Chops
The Black Page #2
Horta Babies
King Kong
Holiday In Berlin
Who Are The Brain Police?
Lamont's Lament
Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish
Lamont's Lament (reprise)
Who Are The Brain Police? (finale)
Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder
The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
Oh No
The Orange County Lumber Truck
Mother People
Motherly Love (encore)

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Mundi
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:41 pm 
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He will be missed.

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Mundi
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I can't find an obituary. Someone has changed his wikipedia entry to reflect a death on March 29, 2014. The wording is clumsy because of the use of the word "is" rather than "was". Can anyone find proof in the form of an obituary?.

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Mundi
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:18 pm 
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I'm pretty heavy into genealogy and can't find his obit anywhere, under his birth name or Billy Mundi.

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Mundi
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Strange photo that one, everybody looks totally pissed off. Maybe they'd all said "cheese!" for the photo a few too many times

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