Original Art piece by Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa.
Origin of the character used in both Greggery Peccary AND Thing Fish!! Frank did most of the work on it on March 28, 1970 and Gail did hers on October 3, 1971
13 by 8 1/2 inches
Purchased at the Zappa estate auction at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles.
In "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary"
Quentin Robert DeNameland is a character that makes his first appearance in "The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary". In that song, he is referred to as "the greatest living 'philostopher' known to mankind". He agrees to help Greggery to solve the mystery of the "New Brown Clouds" under the condition that the peccary attend one of his "special therapeutic group assemblies". In the end, however, after Greggery has fulfilled his end of the bargain, he is left with some absolutely useless advice and realises that Quentin has ripped him off.
Quentin's speech has been drastically shortened over time. On the final version of "Greggery Peccary" (released in 1978 on Studio Tan), all he said was:
"Folks, as you can see for yourself, the way this clock over here is behaving, TIME IS OF AFFLICTION! Now this might be cause for alarm among a portion of you, as, from a certain experience, I tend to proclaim: 'THE EONS ARE CLOSING'!"
Greggery, unaware that he was parked within Billy the Mountain or that Billy had coughed up the clouds, ponders "who is making those new brown clouds", and makes a phone call to find a "philostopher" for an explanation of the presence of the brown clouds. He is sent to a man named Quentin Robert DeNameland, supposedly "the greatest living philostopher known to mankind", who hosts a group assembly. DeNameland's authenticity as a philostopher is questionable, as he merely proclaims that "time is of affliction" – more specifically, "the eons are closing" – before soliciting for payment for attendance to his assembly.
The adventure closes with Greggery still pondering the presence of the brown clouds, given DeNameland's lack of answers. Cynically he concludes: "If you ask a "philostopher" he'll see that you pays!"
Quentin Robert DeNameland makes a second appearance in Zappa's 1984 musical Thing-Fish. By then, he seems to have abandoned his profession as "philostopher" and become a televangelist, leading the "Quentin Robert DeNameland Video Chapel of Economic Worship" (in "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing").
In "Clowns On Velvet" it is explained that his wife is Opal (who also makes an appearance in "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" on 200 Motels) and that he had an affair with Harry's wife Rhonda (by then still in her un-emancipated state as a rubber doll called Artificial Rhonda). Later on, in "The White Boy Troubles" it is also revealed that he is the biological father of the Crab-Grass Baby.
Quentin's depiction in Thing-Fish bears strong resemblence to Zappa's treatment of the Jimmy Swaggart scandal in 1988.
"The Adventures of Greggery Peccary" is a piece by Frank Zappa, originally released on the album Studio Tan in 1978 and later recompiled into the posthumously released Läther album. An instrumental version now appears on the Wazoo CD featuring the original Wazoo ensemble and debuted at the Hollywood Bowl on September 10, 1972. On that CD it is in 4 movements totalling 33.05 minutes. The song is an epic that extended 20 minutes and 33 seconds in length when first released and later 21 minutes (in a slightly different mix and edit) on Läther, mocking the rock opera style and reprising the extended story format used in "Billy the Mountain" and, to some extent, the lengthy adventures outlined in the "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow Suite".