She's no Janis Joplin, but Sen. Paula Hawkins (R-Fla.) is prominently featured on Frank Zappa's new record, "Porn Wars," repeating the phrase "fire and chains and other objectionable tools of gratification in some twisted minds."
Statements made by Hawkins and six other senators on the Commerce Committee during the September "porn rock" hearings on Capitol Hill have been incorporated into a 12-minute track, part of the upcoming "Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention."
A spokesperson in Hawkins' office said, "We have no comment at this time because we haven't heard the record."
Also heard: Sen. Ernest (Fritz) Hollings (D-S.C.) saying "outrageous filth" and "maybe I could make a good rock star, I don't know"; Sen. Albert A. Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.) telling Zappa, "I respect you as a true original and as a tremendously talented musician"; and Sen. Paul S. Trible Jr. (R-Va.) chanting the word "rape." It is a typically vanguard Zappa production, with the senators' voices programmed into a digital computer system keyboard for effects (Hollings comes across as a latter-day Chipmunk) and a swirl of electronic music and quotations, musical and otherwise.
The record, set for Nov. 15 release on Zappa's Barking Pumpkin label, probably won't get much air play, since it also features Rev. Jeff Ling, consultant to the Parents Music Resource Center, quoting "offensive" lyrics. "Porn Wars" concludes with Hollings' apparent aside into the open microphone at the end of Zappa's appearance: "We haven't got 'em whipped on this one yet. We've got a bear by the tail here . . ." followed by ominous fading chords.
All the senators involved will be getting free copies, a Zappa spokesman said.
Of course, there's also a home video in the works, "Does Humor Belong in Music?," an hour-long collection of hearing highlights. In the Rock Arena
Washington's biggest concert venues are all going through changes on the rock front. The recently opened 10,000-seat Patriot Center at George Mason University will continue booking rock concerts, despite some unexpected last-minute protest from nearby residents. "I was surprised only to the extent that the community had met with us on a number of occasions and it was made clear all along that there would be concerts," says GMU's Donald Mash, vice president for student affairs.
"We're really looking for a balanced agenda of entertainment, rock concerts being only one part of it," says booker Pat Darr. Upcoming concerts include Heart (Nov. 17), Tony Bennett (Dec. 5) and John Cougar Mellencamp (Dec. 8).
"The guidelines we've gotten from the university -- and they have disapproval power on anything we want to bring in -- are for good entertainment for the entire community," says center manager Gary Handleman. "They don't want heavy metal acts, so there are a few guidelines, but not many. It's just family, community and student oriented."
The Capital Centre, meanwhile, has resumed booking funk shows after a two-year hiatus following incidents of violence at the facility. Cap Centre spokesman Bob Zurflugh said that the recent Run D.M.C.-Chuck Brown show "went off without a hitch," with reserved seating replacing the more troublesome open festival seating. Next up: a Nov. 10 confab with the Fat Boys and local go-go heroes Trouble Funk.
And the Washington Convention Center, which has up to now featured mostly R&B shows like Sunday's Morris Day-Atlantic Starr-Starpoint package, tries its hand at hard rock with AC/DC and Ingwie Malmstein on Nov. 19 and Night Ranger and Starship on Nov. 22. Coming Attractions
The pop supernovas of the '80s are all busy trying to establish their celluloid presence. Michael Jackson, having completed the "Capt. Eo" short for Disney, is looking to produce a bio film on Little Richard, which makes sense since that singer's song catalogue was part of Jackson's recent $52 million ATV publishing purchase. Rumored to play the title role: El Debarge.
Prince, meantime, is in France, shooting his new film, "Under the Cherry Moon," with Terence Stamp and Victor Spinetti. Described as a dramatic film, not a musical, it's being shot in black and white. The film crew was recently denied permission to shoot in Monaco, allegedly because Prince Rainier's government was nervous about the pop Prince's hedonist reputation.
Madonna is supposedly looking into a Mae West bio film (will Sean Penn play W.C. Fields?), while David Lee Roth, having left Van Halen for a solo career, is making his "Crazy From the Heat" with hundreds of starlets and at least one lucky guy, Rodney Dangerfield.
Bruce Springsteen, having finally finished his 15-month world tour, is writing songs for Paul Schrader's upcoming film. It was a sneak preview of Schrader's original script that inspired Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."
And in what could be a really bad idea or a stroke of genius, the Highwaymen -- Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson -- will be featured in a remake of John Ford's classic western "Stagecoach," with Kristofferson reprising the role that made John Wayne a star. And Now, AIDS Aid
It's already set, for March 22 at the 85,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum, complete with television coverage and an 800 number for donations. The artists' lineup for the 12-hour show is just starting to come together but already includes Chicago, George Clinton, Stevie Nicks, Smokey Robinson, the Gap Band and Yarborough and Peoples. The sponsoring organization, International Aid for AIDS, hopes to raise $55 million, which will be used for research, support services and education, and -- a la Farm Aid -- to raise public awareness.