Example: [Zappa, 1989]
I was in a London club called the Speak Easy in 1967 or '68. A member of a group called the Flock, recording for Columbia at the time, came over to me and said:
"You're fantastic. When I heard about you eating that shit on stage, I thought, 'That guy is way, way out there.'"
I said, "I never ate shit on stage." He looked really depressed — like I had just broken his heart.
- Zappa's contest opponent varies, with the names Captain Beefheart and Alice Cooper being frequently mentioned.
- The most common version of this legend has the challenger defecating on stage, with Zappa winning the title by eating the results. Some versions describe Zappa's opponent as performing a less scatological act, and Zappa wins merely by defecating in front of the audience.
- A variety of actions (other than defecating) are ascribed to the first contestant, with acts of animal cruelty (such as stepping on baby chickens or strangling a puppy) being common.
Zappa, Frank. The Real Frank Zappa Book. New York: Poseidon Press, 1989. ISBN 0-671-63870-X (p. 14).