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Zoogz Rift
Birth name Robert Pawlikowski
Also known as The Liquid Moamo
Born July 10, 1953 (1953-07-10) (age 56)
Origin Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Experimental rock
Occupations musician, composer, painter, pro wrestling entertainer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1979 - Present(?)
Labels SST Records
Associated acts Rocky Howard, John Trubee, Richie Hass, Scott Colby
Website Zoogzrift.4mg.com

Zoogz Rift (born Robert Pawlikowski, July 10, 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey[1]) is a musician, painter and professional wrestling personality.

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Biography

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Musical career

The Trouser Press describes Zoogz Rift as "an iconoclastic original" who is "as imaginative and stimulating as he is irritating and vitriolic."[2] Rift was influenced by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart as well as Salvador Dalí and Ayn Rand.[2] Zoogz Rift began his recording career with the album Idiots on the Miniature Golf Course, released by Snout Records in 1979. His long-time collaborators include Richie Häss and John Trubee (the latter being famous for the songshark tune, "A Blind Man's Penis"). Rift released several albums through SST Records during the 1980s.[3] Keyboard Magazine, in a special "Experimental Music" issue, described Rift's album The Island of Living Puke as "moments of outstanding free-form rock, sandwiched between scrupulously obscene interruptions." [4]

Wrestling career

Zoogz Rift booked the UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation) in 1993. He left the promotion in March 1994, but returned in May 1995 to become Vice-President, alongside founder Herb Abrams. After Abrams died in 1996, the UWF promotion closed and Zoogz was left without a job. Zoogz hosts an online wrestling show, entitled Puke-A-Mania that provides a weekly assessment of WWE and TNA promotions, with Zoogz giving insight on wrestling issues. His rants on the show include the pushing of former WWF superstar Warlord, and his fascination with possibly training 60-year-old Vince McMahon to become a main-event wrestler. With Zoogz' former experience in wrestling, he claims he can train any man, via the techniques of the Golden Crab, as stated in Episode #3 of Puke-A-Mania.

References

  1. ^ Zoogz Rift at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Gehr, Richard; Ira Robbins. "Zoogz Rift". Trouser Press. Trouser Press LLC. http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=zoogz_rift. Retrieved May 10, 2007.  
  3. ^ Discography at Allmusic
  4. ^ Milano, Dominic, editor (January 1987), "Resources", Keyboard 13 (1): 85  

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