Episode #2249

Zippo Songs

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Composer Phil Kline visits the studio for this edition of New Sounds to talk about his timely new CD, "Zippo Songs: Airs of War and Lunacy", music set to “poems” inscribed on army-issue Zippo lighters by GIs in Vietnam. The questions raised in the Vietnam era seem to be surfacing once again and make Kline's CD all the more poignant. Other highlights on the CD are the "Rumsfeld songs" containing texts from various Pentagon briefings, including "there are known unknowns", also set to music by Kline and sung by Theo Bleckmann. Plus, the CD closes with the Doors' classic "The End", as reworked by Kline.

PROGRAM # 2249, with Phil Kline (First aired on Tues. 2/17/04)





Phil Kline

Zippo Songs: Airs of War and Lunacy

Briefing [4:00]

Zippo Songs; Ours Is Not [4:30], Been To Hell [2:30], Away From You [2:30], If I Had A Farm [2:30], We Came Because [2:30]

Three Rumsfeld Songs; As We Know [2:00], That Many Vases [1:30], Near-Perfect Clarity [2:00]

Zippo Songs; My Dead Ass [2:30], You've Never Lived [5:00]

Fever Dream [2:00]

Cantaloupe Records #21019*

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The article goes on to detail some of the ways Zippo Manufacturing Co. tries to stay one step ahead of the copycats and tries to avoid repairing “Repos” or fakes. Curiously, the article fails to mention one ‘weapon’ that Zippo might use to shut down infringers and to try to stop the importation of knock offs: Trademark registration. In addition to registrations for the ZIPPO brand name and the logo, Zippo has wisely registered the product shape as a trademark.

Jul. 20 2011 12:56 PM

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