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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Tarkus60, Oct 13, 2021.
I had this album brand new back in the day.
play it loud......
Music is the best.
Big eye-opener for me as a kid.
Can you believe Moving To Montana was a big hit in Detroit?
My fave Zappa is Studio Tan, just gorgeous compositions along with some wackiness.
Of course I had all the albums....this was my favorite. Even over live in new york.
I liked the original Mothers of Invention Freak Out double album quite a bit. 200 Motels was also crazy fun. There were some years in the early / mid '70s when Frank could make an SG a part of himself. The albums Frank put out with Steve Vai on guitar were also fantastic. I just wish Frank had spent more time focusing on his musical skills rather than his in your face lessons on how wrong / dumb / stupid so many people are. He was more than musically gifted. It was like music was an extension of or tool his mind could use to spread his personal philosophy on everyone and everything. Sadly ..... most times to the negative.
Gazing over the current Cultural landscape, were we fortunate that Frank was still here, what would he be thinking?
I loved his music 20+ Albums of it, didn’t always agree with him on some political or social issues but G-D it, he had the courage and integrity to express what he believed through his Art.
And he was a great guitarist who never shows up on “best of” lists.
RIP Frank. Voltaire approves.
One of the best. I discovered him in high school back in late 90s. I'm still studying all his albums...sad he died way too young!
What most people at the time didn't "get" was his genius.
Guessing that would go at least quadruple in today's "culture."
If Frank was still alive, he'd probably be a commentator at Fox.
Most likely, he would be cancelled. Satire isn't appreciated much nowadays. He must be rolling in his grave.
Big fan for the last 47 years. Had a friend who passed away last year, we played a bunch of FZ tunes for fun. Met Frank on the street in San Francisco circa 1983 and talked for about 30 seconds.
That said, yeah I don't listen much to some periods of his output hardly at all.
Truly struggling to understand:
a) how anyone with even a casual familiarity with FZ’s sociocultural opinions could believe this
b) how anyone could think that steering a thread in the Music To Your Ears sub in this direction is a good idea
1080 posts since March 2021? Could have left this one at home.
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I was the third person to own a particular copy of Freak Out. A kid in our high school bought it, hated it and gave it to the brother of a friend. He played for us Wowie Zowie ("I don't even care if you shave your legs") and I thought "this is for me!" The brother then said I could have it.
I basically felt that each subsequent album was a little less electrifying and vital than what came before. Once the Mothers were disbanded, I felt like everything was edited to within an inch of its life. His tonal palette began to evaporate with Apostrophe. I got nothing out of the dental floss in Montana. I hated the obviousness of mocking and sneering. OK, fine. I get it. But gimme some music that moves and kills.
I just watched the documentary Zappa. I'm not the biggest fan of his music, but I find him fascinating. I'm more of a fan of his biting satire. I just love the fact that he poked fun at the love & peace hippie culture when it was at its apex. Admire him greatly for his anti drug stance.
His musical influences range from doowop to Johnny Guitar Watson to Varese. Huge mind.
I would have liked to hear his response to the current CC/censorship plague & yes, I could see him as a counterpoint commentator on Fox or any other network. He could hold his own.
I miss Frank Zappa.
That documentary sent me back to Absolutely Free. Re-listening I realized why I liked that work so very much when my contemporaries were saying it was “too weird”. It joins so many different forms of music. I knew I liked it in 1968 but now I know why. Like you said DooWop to Varese in an almost seamless fashion.
As far as being a commentator, since he never suffered fools gladly I don’t know how he could last on ANY of the networks currently available.