As we approach Christmas, we’re once again seeing plenty of commercials for electric shavers. This is a good time to remember the time when Frank Zappa produced a spec piece for “Remington Electric Razor Machines.”
Zappa was living in New York at the time and got a request from one of the weirder people at an advertising agency. That person knew about the commercial Zappa had done for Luden’s Cough Drops…
…and thought he’d be the perfect guy to give a fresh spin to electric razors. “Why not?” he thought.
Zappa contacted a young singer named Linda Ronstadt (yes, her), with whom he shared a manager. Everyone was paid a thousand dollars for the demo–but ultimately rejected it. A shame, really.