Daughter of the inventor of the Pocket Fisherman and Veg-O-Matic, and brother of the irritating guy who sells krylon for your head, Lisa is a top voice / vocal coach who lives in the valley. She accepts a limited number of students. She also does some studio work, puts on vocal seminars, and raised pot-bellied pigs.
She auditioned for Zappa's band in 1981 and took part in the August 1981 rehearsals. December 1981 she performed with the band.
May 16 & may 23, 2012, Bobby Marquis did broadcast an interview with Lisa Popeil for CKCU-FM radio.
zappa: ship arriving too late
too save a drowning witch
(1982, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
|lisa popeil: lisa popeil
primo man / don't turn me off & on
(1983, 7"-promo, usa, popeil records pl 701) - feat. steve vai
|lisa popeil: primo man / you can't take it away
(1983, 12", usa, ??) - feat. steve vai
(1984, 7"-promo, usa, scotti brothers zs4 04409)
|van dyke parks: tokyo rose (5)
(1989, cd, usa, ??) - feat.lisa popeil
|59||frank zappa: you can't do that on
stage anymore vol.6
(1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
|weird al yankovic: bad hair day
(1996, cd, usa, ??) - feat. lisa popeil
|weird al yankovic: mandatory fun
(2014, cd, usa, ??) - feat. lisa popeil
Update! From: Lisa Popeil (5/98)
I miss the pot-bellied pigs terribly but I gave up on that interesting financial adventure about 6 years ago.
As you noted, I'm a voice coach -one way I can pursue every style in the universe
and still get paid! I also have produced 'The Total Singer" instructional
video which I sell around the world. I'm hoping to be able to create
a library of singing-related products under the Voiceworks banner over the
next few years.
There's a 50-50 chance that I'll be making an infomercial for The Total Singer
this year- there's a ripe irony somehow in there- like destiny begging me
to get on TV and SELL!
Here's a quick Zappa anecdote. When I first auditioned for Frank in 1981,
(as you know
I had come not to audition but to support my auditioning drummer boyfriend),
Frank of course tried to stump me with rhythms no musician has ever
seen before. As I sight-read the music, I found that I had to move my body
in a certain way to feel what 11 over 7 over the barline would feel like and
Frank remarked on my "turgid flux"! What a way with words he had. Best
From: Mike Espinoza
Al" Yankovic used Lisa Popeil for the background vocals for his 1983 song
"Mr. Popeil", a tribute to her famous father.
It appears on the albums "In 3-D" and "Permanent
Popeil did backup vocals on "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Bad Hair
Day." I've also heard her
(unmistakably) in recent TV commercials.
Patrick Neve writes:
sang Teenage Prostitute in a falsetto that can crack glass. She
also sang (ad-libbed?) Lisa's Life Story on YCDTOSA vol 6.
She's known for being an over-sexed hussy and having a pair of titties just
like mom. Also, her father invented
Jon Naurin said:
had some email contact with Lisa, so I can fill in with some details: Her
boyfriend at the time went to audition for the 1981 band (drums), and Lisa went
along to give him moral support. Tommy Mars then talked her into auditioning
for keyboards and vocals. She then rehearsed with the band for a short period on
life story" was ad-libbed during these rehearsals, then Lisa worked out a
loose script before performing it live in December. She also performed
"Dangerous Kitchen" - FZ handed her the words in the intermission
between the shows
and told her that she was going to do it - without rehearsal. This session also
has some nice stuff where Steve Vai plays guitar licks and Lisa imitates
Steve Vai's website: (http://www.vai.com/AboutSteve/html/discography_1.html)
POPEIL - LISA POPEIL
(1983, Lisa Popeil Records - PL1001)
Can't Take It Away
Turn Me Off And On
Don't Get It
In My Life
Lisa Popeil is primarily a singer who was almost in the 1982 band that almost went to Europe. Soon after that she started work on a solo record and invited me to lay down some tracks for it. I don't recommend this record to fans who are looking for Steve Vai nimble-fingered diddley-dits, but if you wanna dance, break a leg.
And here is an article that Lisa contributed to a karaoke e-zine: http://www.karaokescene.com/febmarissue/lisapopeil.html
From: Lisa Popeil
Hi, Lisa P. here. Thanks for the cool site! Did you know I sing Bulgarian for the Xena show?
From: Lisa Popeil - 2007 10 22
From: Lisa Popeil - 2007 10 22
If you live in LA and you've been meaning to attend a local voice conference, this is the one!
is presenting at the upcoming PVSF/UCLA
Sunday Oct. 28, 2007
'The 5 Jobs of Support: Task-Oriented Breath Management'
Intro to Voiceworks(r) Method
at the evening concert
There'll be lots of interesting speakers - hope you can make it!