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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ping-ping-clicka, Mar 30, 2020.
Some thoughts for today...
The soundtrack of my youth. I much prefer what the Mothers of Invention did, compared to the later Mothers lineups. Frank wrote very different songs for the latter day Mothers.
In high school I missed seeing the original lineup of the Mothers. They were playing in a theater in a bad part of town and I could get a ride there, but not back home. I heard that half the band was delayed getting to the gig, so Frank and the others hauled a table onto the stage and played cards until the rest showed up.
Sinclair Lewis -his book
It Can't Happen Here
Frank Zappa was prescient. The message was there; we were too young to understand it, back then.
I'm a fan!
Here’s an interesting Sweetwater interview with Mike Keneally talking about his audition with Frank. Starts around 2:20 and runs through around the 7:00 mark.
I was fortunate enough to see the original lineup a few times.
This was a memorable show.
Frank Zappa & Mothers w/ Zubin Mehta & the L.A Philharmonic ("200 Motels" live U.C.L.A, 05/15/1970)
Always enjoyed this clip of Frank appearing on the Mike Douglas Show in 1976. His performance starts at about the 3:30 mark. Looks like he was a Pignose guy! Pretty cool!
Odd as it may sound, I think "Freak Out" was the album on which Lawrence Welk's guitarist, Neil LeVang, appeared on a few of the tracks. Talk about mutual respect!
I saw him 6 or 7 times between 1975 and 1984. Met him on the street in San Francisco ca. 1983, exchanged pleasantries for about 30 seconds. Probably the artist I've listened to the most over the years, although not so much any more.
This video, of one of the parties he threw while he was sick, features Terry Bozzio, L. Shankar, the Chieftains, the Tuvan Throat Singers, Johnny Guitar Watson, etc. etc. pretty diverse set of people.
I saw the early mothers and the later, larger lineups (Vai included) as well. Different but equally great. I preferred the concert performances and later arty stuff to the earliest stuff, which sometimes bordered on novelty, but it's all great, really, and musical through and through. It's hard to even fathom how incredible he was.
Why was he 'prescient'??
I went on a 4 day marathon watching baby snakes with my 21 year old kid , who got Zappatized for the first time and loved it ( she is right into orcheastral music and has auditioned and played in orchestras for years.)
In the 70s and early 80s, I had my guitar students play this song using barre chords. I worked it out so that every major and minor fingering we were learning was used. One of the few songs that sounded full and complete just with the chords.
I'm onboard up through and including Just Another Band From L.A. (counting Mothers and Zappa solo).
One of my personal all-time favorites is "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance"/"What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body." Didn't find them posted together as a single You-Tube video...and even if it was, it'd probably be the screwed up remixed CD/digital versions.
Like many others here, I like the music of the Mothers of Invention, up to Just Another Band from LA. I saw the same band perform Billy the Mountain and other stuff from the record. It always struck me as the coolest move to staff the rhythm section and vocals with The Turtles.
Once he got into vamp/raps, I couldn't get next to that.
To this day, Live at Fillmore East - 1971, and Bongo Fury - 1975 are my favorites. One of the bands I used to be in covered Cosmik Debris, Black Napkins, and Muffin Man.