The Ant-Bee (real name Billy James) 's recordings show influences by Frank Zappa & the Mothers Of Invention, Captain Beefheart, The Fugs, Gong and other 'psychedelic' 70's bands.  The Ant-Bee's albums feature a lot of guest musicians as well as a couple of coverversions from this period.  As Billy James, he wrote (& co-wrote) a couple of very interesting books.

The Todd Grubbs Group with Ant-Bee, Bo Smith and Tony Arnone, contributed a track to the "21 Burnt Weeny Sandwiches" tribute that got released on Cordelia Records in 2010.



  steve vai: flex-able
    (1984, lp, usa, urantia records)
- feat.bob & suzanne harris, chad wackerman, billy james

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  bob harris: the great nostalgia  (1)
    (1986, lp, usa, mastahna records) - feat. various zappa alumni
  ant-bee: through the window pain
    (1988, k7, uk, acid tapes 061)

1 ant-bee: pure electric honey
    (1990, lp, usa, voxx vxs 200.056) - feat.rantin'& ravin'(bob & suzanne harris)

  ant-bee: rarities vol.1
(1992, k7, usa, electrik yak 001) - feat.rick snyder, bob harris

  ant-bee: rarities vol.2
    (1992, k7, usa, electrik yak 002)

  ant-bee: son of lunar egg-clips dances with the mystic mother
    (1992, k7, uk, acid tapes 084) - feat rick snyder, bob harris / 'candy corn' (van vliet), 'son of orange county' (fz)

  ant-bee: evolution (= rarities vol.2, electrik yak 002)
    (1992, k7, uk, acid tapes 089)

  ant-bee: with my favourite "mothers" and other bizarre muzik
    (1992, k7, usa, electrik yak 003) - cover drawing by cal schenkel / feat. gardner, preston, black, snyder

  ant-bee: snorks and wheezes
    (1993, k7, usa, electrik yak) - feat.bunk gardner, don preston, jc black, motorhead sherwood

  ant-bee: the *#!%%? of ant-bee - rarities vol.3
    (1993, k7, usa, electrik yak records 009) - feat.bunk gardner, don preston, jc black, motorhead sherwood

  dr.chadbourne & the ant-bee: live - one night in infinity
(1993, k7, usa, electrik yak records 010) = recorded live at the infinity club - greensboro, nc, july30, 1993

  ant-bee: the bizarre german e.p.
    (1994, 7", ger, lollipop shop bouncing splash 8) - feat.bunk gardner, don preston, jc black

2 ant-bee: with my favorite "vegetables" and other bizarre music
    (1994, cd, uk, divine records divine 3) - feat.motorhead, black, gardner, estrada, preston, snyder

3 ant-bee: lunar muzik
    (1995, cd, uk, divine records divine 20) - feat. gardner, preston, black, estrada, sherwood, bob harris

  bruce cameron: midnight daydream
    (1999, cd, usa, brain cell records) - feat ant-bee, bunk gardner

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  various artists: eyeinhand sampler volume 1
    (2001, cd, spain, vaso music vm 032) - all zappa related artists

  ant-bee: mynd muzik & other wierd stuff (rarities vol.4)
    (2001, k7, usa, electrik yak records)
  ant-bee: child of the moon
    (2002, cdr, usa, private release)

  ant-bee: the #&%^@! of ant-bee
    (2002, cdr, usa, private release)
  ant-bee: mynd muzik (meditation madness)
    (2002, cdr, usa, private release) – rarities
  steve vai: various artists - archives vol. 4
    (2003, cd, usa, light without heat lwh 1004-2)
  bob harris: the great nostalgia
    (2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications) - feat. various zappa alumni

  various artists: 21 burnt weeny sandwiches
    (2010, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa

  ant-bee: electronic church muzik
    (2011, cd, usa, barking moondog records bmr1) - feat. various zappa & beefheart alumni
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books - books written by billy 'ant-bee' james:

necessity is… the early years of frank zappa & the mothers of invention

by billy james
    (2000, book, uk, saf publishing)


michael bruce - no more mr. nice guy by billy james  
an american band: the story of grand funk railroad by billy james  
a dream goes on forever - the continuing story of todd rundgren (volume 1) by billy james  


demo & promo stuff



the others of invention



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