Do you get Frank Zappa ?

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  1. P Thought

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    I don't even "get" Barry Manilow, but college wouldn't have been college without "Dynamo Hum" shakin' the rafters.
     
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    Nope. Never did get him.
     
  3. bricksnbeatles

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    I love zappa. Every single album. I have a drumhead that I get signed every time I go to see his former musicians (Belew, Napoleon, Jean Luc Ponty, etc). Just got an amazon gift card, and I'm about to use it to preorder the new Orchestral Favorites reissue.
     
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    Yes.
     
  5. middy

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    Yes
     
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    Nah, I never really got it.
     
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    I'm not sure if even Zappa really got himself... but that's not the point, for me. If you like it, you do. If you don't you probably never will.

    You just have to have that nasty sense of humour in you heart. And a longing to escape the world with the help of irony and sarcasm.


    ...and here comes the icepick in the forehead! -Ooooh!
     
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    Yes - especially his later stuff with Steve Vai on 'stunt guitar'.
     
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    Honestly, I think he was a fraud or maybe just trying too hard to be weird on purpose.
     
  10. tfarny

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    I get Zappa, but he never got me. Meaning, he never wrote any music that I was interested in listening to.
     
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    I was handed down a bunch of records from my uncle when I was around 8-10 years old (this would be late ‘70’s). In this collection was a 45 of “Jumping Jack Flash”, the Beatles “Help!” LP, Cream’s “Greatest Hits”, the Monkees debut LP and The MOI “Freak Out”. All of these had a major musical impact on me, with the exception of “Freak Out”. Since I was only, like, 10 at the most at the time, it was more of a curiosity at the time. It wasn’t until high school and college that I started to dive into his music. It is definitely a “mood” thing for me and I can go months without listening to any of his material. But then the mood will strike and he’ll be in my rotation for a week or so. Plus, because he left such a catalog behind, there’s always something new to explore.
    One of the best things for me now is that my 12 year old knows who he is thanks to me warping his mind with “Muffin Man” and “Montana” when he was younger!
     
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    No and dont want .Atrocious stuff imo
     
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    What’s to get? I enjoy some of his music and some of it doesn’t thrill me.
     
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    As a musician and composer and band leader he was amazing and a genius.

    As a comedian he was a seventh grader.

    Which is funny, in small doses, when you’re in seventh grade, maybe eighth, but…

    Was he a genius comedian on the level of the guy at the music store that handed me “Studio Tan” when I asked which Zappa record to get ?

    Nope. :mad::lol:
     
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    Yes, I prefer his jazzy, fusiony, instrumental compositions. Shut up and play yer guitar? No, just shut up.
     
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    Only Hot Rats & Ruben & The Jets.
     
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    I love most of what Zappa did, and a lot of his funny stuff is genuinely funny... but it can get a bit wearing, so I understand if that puts some people off.

    Favourite albums: Hot Rats, Ship Arriving Too Late, You Are What You Is, ‘Apostrophe.

    And I strongly second the positive reviews for Dweezil Zappa & his shows — he assembles awesome groups of musicians and they all have great fun playing his dad’s old stuff. Very enjoyable indeed.
     
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    One of the greatest guitarists. Ever.

     
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    Don't really get the music and don't really care for him as a person.

    His "Band" was basically a cult just like many cults in the Laurel Canyon area at the time, one of which eventually became very famous.
    People like to talk up the fact that he didn't do drugs but they fail to mention that he encouraged drug use among the members of his wacky household which basically left him as the controlling element and control he did.
    Charismatic nuts taking advantage of weaker minds for ego and pleasure was big at the time and he fit right in.
     
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    I like Zappa fine, he's a great composer, guitarist and band leader, and I 'get' his music and attitude.

    What I didn't care for was his snobbery. In a Rolling Stone interview, Jann Wenner asked him what his musical influences were, and Zappa said, "Oh, some names that would mean nothing to you." What a jerk! Couldn't he just say "Edgar Varise"? I knew of Varise when I read the interview; I was insulted. Acknowledging Varise might reveal how much his music sounds like Varise—meaning Zappa's style was not as original as he wanted us to think.

    I also didn't like the stage stuff with the dolls, etc. Juvenile, I thought, and the phrase "Shut up and play yer guitar" came to mind. I walked out of the concert film when it got dumb that way—something that I never expected I'd do.

    All that said, I want to cover "I Am the Slime." :cool:
     
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