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Paul H.
10-30-2005, 08:14 AM
I havent seen a frank zappa thread, so this is it.

One of the greatest entertainers of this world. he released classics like "We're Only In It For The Money", "Freak Out" And Many Many More. After he died, albums continued to be released. and Frank Zappa is still one of the greatest.:thumb:

shamed-angel
10-30-2005, 08:22 AM
This must be one of the worst introductions to a thread I've ever seen.
Tell us something about him, his work, life etc...

Great. I really like Zappa, his instrumental stuff is brilliant. But I have Hot Rats and Freak Out! and they're amazing. One of the weirdest artists I've ever heard.

Glitterati
10-30-2005, 08:30 AM
Freak Out! is one of the best albums ever.

I love Frank. He was just so awesomely bizarre and random, and that's what made his music so great.

halfdeadhippo
10-30-2005, 08:36 AM
Hot Rats and The Grand Wazoo are amazing. His other stuff's good too, but those are by far my favorites.

Jacaranda
10-30-2005, 09:08 AM
Ugh, I hate half of his music and like the other half. I'm not into his singing songs that are dumb (I know its supposed to be odd or funny but I'm not into it) but I like Hot Rats and all his instrumental songs/Albums.

Lunch
10-30-2005, 09:11 AM
I have Hot Rats, Apostrophe, We're Only in it for the Money, Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar, and Freak Out, and I like them all. Very creative, original, interesting music.

thickasabrick
10-30-2005, 09:59 AM
Ugh, I hate half of his music and like the other half. I'm not into his singing songs that are dumb (I know its supposed to be odd or funny but I'm not into it) but I like Hot Rats and all his instrumental songs/Albums.

I kinda feel that way too....he has some really brilliant albums, and then some other albums that I feel almost make me stupider just by listening to them. I dunno, I like Zappa. Hot Rats, Freak Out!, and Were Only In It For The Money are probably my favourite albums of his.

Paul H.
10-30-2005, 11:03 AM
I kinda feel that way too....he has some really brilliant albums, and then some other albums that I feel almost make me stupider just by listening to them. I dunno, I like Zappa. Hot Rats, Freak Out!, and Were Only In It For The Money are probably my favourite albums of his.


Definitely. We're Only In It For The Money is a masterpiece

Josh
10-30-2005, 11:06 AM
i think theres a way to get around the characted limit on them. if you post how to do it on here, i think you get banned.

anyway, would someone care to send a Frank Zappa sampler to josh_mark_barber @ hotmail.com so i can have a listen please?

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
10-30-2005, 11:10 AM
I love his work with the early Mothers and his instrumental albums but his "funny" albums just sound like Wesley Willis' IQ went up 2 points.

Freak Out! > All

Bazarov
10-30-2005, 11:13 AM
I have Overnite Sensations, Have I Offended Someone? and Apostrophe. All very good albums, though I don't really care for HIOS?.

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
10-30-2005, 11:15 AM
I couldn't stand Overnite Sensation and I'd imagine Apostrophe would be the same.

Bazarov
10-30-2005, 11:17 AM
I couldn't stand Overnite Sensation and I'd imagine Apostrophe would be the same.

It's a little bit more quirky. There's a song called Stink Foot, about smelly feet and Zappa's dog telling a story. But then there's some good rockin' songs like Cosmic Debris. And one of my favorite instrumental songs ever, Apostrophe. I think Apostrophe is a better than Overnite Sensation.

Britton
10-30-2005, 11:58 AM
Hey it's cool that frank finally got his own thread.

I really like his early stuff

-Listy-
10-30-2005, 01:00 PM
Could someone upload some songs on YSI and send them to me? I've not heard that much from him.

l0stprophet@hotmail.com

Josh
10-30-2005, 01:01 PM
i already asked someone to do that, no-one seemed to want to :upset:

josh_mark_barber@hotmail.com (if anyone can be bothered)

smart blockhead
10-30-2005, 02:11 PM
Frank Zappa is one of my favorite musicians, I have around 16 of his albums.

anotherlamenobody
10-30-2005, 03:35 PM
I just got done with listening to Hot Rats, and my head is still spinning.

Static
10-30-2005, 03:49 PM
0.5 of his music=Good. The rest is meh.

Paul H.
10-31-2005, 07:45 AM
0.5 of his music=Good. The rest is meh.


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ween2424
10-31-2005, 08:00 AM
Frank Zappa is a strange man. I own Cheap Thrills and Son of Cheap Thrills.

Tyler
10-31-2005, 08:39 AM
Frank Zappa is a strange man. I own Cheap Thrills and Son of Cheap Thrills.
You own two compilations? Get a real full album, like Freat Out! or Sheik Yerbouti, you won't be disappointed.

Paul H.
11-01-2005, 07:29 AM
You own two compilations? Get a real full album, like Freat Out! or Sheik Yerbouti, you won't be disappointed.


you'll never be disapointed with zappa

ween2424
11-01-2005, 08:22 AM
you'll never be disapointed with zappa
I have a hard time listening to Zappa. He's too weird for even me. I still enjoy some of his stuff though.

EdwardTheGreat
11-01-2005, 12:16 PM
Just heard a great comment of Franks:
Interviewer: I see you have long hair, does that make you a woman?

Frank: I see you have a wooden leg, does that make you a table?

Cracked me up. Does anyone know any more quality FZ comments? And to the bloke who only had the Cheap Thrills, go get Freak Out!. It rules. Also whats the best album from the YCDTOSA series?

Tele_Dude
11-01-2005, 12:48 PM
<3Frank Zappa<3

Maaaan, Frank Zappa has made some brilliant music. I'm actually going to order Freak Out! now :)

temporary
11-01-2005, 01:04 PM
Frank Zappa is definitly a genius. Whether you're not a fan of his "funny" stuff, theres no way you can say he isn't a brilliant musician with a band that goes practically unmatched talent wise.

beaker_747
11-01-2005, 11:50 PM
Joe's Garage was a mind fuck and a half.

-The Frank
11-02-2005, 01:29 AM
i like his song bobby brown

PinkFreud
11-02-2005, 02:20 AM
Just heard a great comment of Franks:
Interviewer: I see you have long hair, does that make you a woman?

Frank: I see you have a wooden leg, does that make you a table?

Cracked me up. Does anyone know any more quality FZ comments? And to the bloke who only had the Cheap Thrills, go get Freak Out!. It rules. Also whats the best album from the YCDTOSA series?
"there is no hell, only france."

he was a genius. i torrent downloaded all of his albums because im too poor to actually own them.

his band was really a breeding ground for outstanding musicians. so many great players passed through. steve vai, adrian belew, terry bozzio, vinnie colaiuta, chad wackerman, george duke, and his son dweezil (who's guitar wizardry can be heard on zappa's cover of whipping post off of, "does humor belong in music?").

Paul H.
11-05-2005, 03:26 PM
We're Only In It For The Money = Greatest Album Ever

Scuba_Steve
11-05-2005, 03:32 PM
is ti just me or did the General Scrutinizer (the character, not the song) make Joe's garage less enjoyable?

I loved the album, but I would always frown when I had to listen to that damn annoying voice of the general.

EdwardTheGreat
11-10-2005, 05:57 AM
Which of YCDTOSA albums are the best. I own the one that has Joes garage on it, but I cant remember which one that is. Is anyone going to concerts Dweezil is doing later in the year? I was going to go to one, but he cancelled the one that was near where I live. I heard some of Dweezils guitar stuff in TG. Its pretty awesome, I think it was stuff from Inca Roads?

Snidely
11-18-2005, 04:59 PM
I Own Most of The Mother's Albums. Frank Zappa Truely Is A Legend

JonG
11-18-2005, 05:05 PM
I have most of his albums. Missing a couple. Crusing With Ruben and the Jets is underrated :)

Bazarov
11-18-2005, 05:09 PM
Couold anyone be kind enough to send me the album Hot Rats? That'd be awesome. If anyone can my email is dervater100@cox.net

Aus_rock_god
12-02-2005, 07:05 PM
After that WEAK WEAK introduction to this thread, I've decided Frankie needs a bit more dignity that that, so here goes:

Mr. Frank (not Francis) Vincent Zappa was born on the 21st of December 1940, the son of a Sicilian metoroligist (I'll get to the importance of this in a minute). Both his parents spoke Italian, and he doesn't understand a word of it.

Because his dad was a metoroligist, he had access to all sorts of scientific paraphanalia. One of Mr. Zappa's favorite childhood past-times was hitting blobs of mercury with a hammer so it squirted everywhere, and making explosives (at one stage he almost blew his testicles off).

Zappa started as a drummer. One of the first records he brought was The Complete Works of Edgard Verese (for those unfirmilier with Verese, it's basically just very very weird, even more so that Zappa's work). Although Zappa has never formally admitted it, he was pretty sh!t on drums.

Zappa was completely self taught, yet has written AND played some of the worlds most complicated (not to mentioned, funniest) music.

Before he joined the Mothers of Invention, he could play guitar, bass, keys drums (poorly :lol: ) and the alto saxophone.

It is also worth mentioning that Zappa, before MOI, was an avid filmmaker, and ran into leagal trouble for making a movie titled "Captain Beefheart vs The Grunt people", and was arrested for "conspiring to make pornography". Mr. Zappa was found innocent and released.

The Mothers was officially formed on Mother's day (ha ha ha) 1964. Origanally a covers band called "The Soul Giants", Zappa joined them as a replacement guitarist and kinda never left. They changed their name to "The Mothers of Invention", because no radio DJ would play anything from a band called "The Mothers" (go figure).

The first MOI tour went ahead in 1966. A highlight from this particular tour was in Detroit, when asked to lip-sinc "who are the brain police?", each member of the band chose a repetitive action (that wasn't even related to the music) and repeat it until the song ended.

At the end of 1969, the band split up.

Zappa continued though, under the name "Frank Zappa and the Mothers."

In 1971, he was playing at the Casino de Montreux in Switzerland, when someone let off some fireworks inside the building. The whole place caught fire, and the band's equiptment was destroyed...

It did, however, inspire thier supporting act to write a song. The supporting act was Deep Purple, the song was Smoke on the Water.

During 1975, Zappa attempted to record work with the London Symphony orchestra, but ran into legal trouble. Apparently, in those days, you couldn't record with a symphony orchestra without at least three perfomances.

Then, things got cool for Zappa. Since the MOI split up, Frank Zappa had been writing very difficult music. This got the attention of some of the worlds greatest musicians (who wanted to play somthing challenging) Adrian Belew, Tony Carboni, Terry Bozzio, Ray White, Ike Willis, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Wackerman and George Duke, just to name a few. But the highlight of them all, was a 16 year old guitarist who transcribed Alien Orifice onto the guitar and sent a tape off to Frank Zappa. Zappa was so impressed, he wrote a letter back to the 16 year old, asking him to join the band. The guitarist's name: Steve Vai.

Steve Vai taught Zappa's son, Dweezil, to play. Dweezil was named after his mother's little toe.

Zappa's career was pocketed with legal trouble and political hassles. In 1986, he was heavily involved in the fight to keep music uncensored.

In 1991, Zappa finally stopped playing live, dissapoiningly, with possibly his greatest lineup (everyone, get a copy of 'The best band you've never heard').

In 1994, he died of lung cancer.

Discuss. :thumb:

King_Of_Terrors
12-02-2005, 07:29 PM
Cool. Where the hell did this come from?

Aus_rock_god
12-02-2005, 07:32 PM
I've been a big fan of Zappa for a long time. I've got all the "you can't do that on stage anymore" collection, Joe's Garage, Hot Rats, Freakout, Make a Jazz Noise, Best Band You've Never Heard and Them Or Us.

I also have read "The Real Frank Zappa" book (his autobiography), which kinda really helps.

Jamie FT
12-27-2005, 12:29 PM
Since I've just been getting into a lot of stuff of Zappa's that I really enjoy and this thread is only a month old, and since Aus Rock God wrote such a great, unappreciated bit on Zappa I'm bumping this thread.

Moses
12-27-2005, 12:31 PM
I love My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama.

halfdeadhippo
12-27-2005, 01:00 PM
To add to my previous post in this thread, Waka/Jawaka deserves a place up there with Hot Rats and The Grand Wazoo.

JonG
12-27-2005, 01:03 PM
In 1994, he died of lung cancer.

Discuss. :thumb:
He died of prostate cancer.

sgrevs
12-27-2005, 04:08 PM
Frank Zappa was such a champion. 'Jewish Princess' has probably the greatest and truest lyrics ever. Or not, I can't really say for sure. Make your own judgement.

LF96
12-28-2005, 10:19 AM
I only have one album by him, "Waka/Jawaka", but I really like it. I liked pretty much all the other stuff I've heard from him.
There's sort of a cover-group playing in my area in some time. The band is Zappa Plays Zappa and consists of Frank's two sons Ahmet and Dweezil and some other musicians. Is this worth checking out?

PinkFreud
12-28-2005, 10:24 AM
dweezil's an amazing guitarist so i would go just for him. yeah. go see them. cool.

morrison357
12-28-2005, 03:17 PM
im looking for any zappa except we're only in it for the money, and apostrophe. I have mostly classic rock if any1 wants to trade.

aim=grenzy123
email= grenz_erich@yahoo.com

Jamie FT
12-29-2005, 01:51 PM
I only have one album by him, "Waka/Jawaka", but I really like it. I liked pretty much all the other stuff I've heard from him.
There's sort of a cover-group playing in my area in some time. The band is Zappa Plays Zappa and consists of Frank's two sons Ahmet and Dweezil and some other musicians. Is this worth checking out?

Definately, I'm going to the Manchester Gig.

Aus_rock_god
01-02-2006, 02:25 AM
He died of prostate cancer.

My mistake (I assumed much smoking lead to his death).

Jamie FT
01-02-2006, 02:37 AM
hahaha, I was just thinking when I came on mx I might try and bump this thread one more time. I'm been on a bit of a zappa craze recently, I'm listening to Willie The Pimp from hot rats now in fact. :D

Grant
01-02-2006, 07:29 AM
Does anyone here like his Synclavier compositions? Civilization Phaze III is an incredible album.

joshmac
01-02-2006, 07:36 AM
man i love Zappa. I own a bunch of his records and have listened to them constantly since i got them.

Aus_rock_god
01-03-2006, 01:21 AM
Here's a link to one of my favorite FZ interveiws. Note how Frank treats the interveiwer like he's a complete moron.

http://www.science.uva.nl/~robbert/zappa/interviews/picturedisc2.html

Aus_rock_god
01-06-2006, 05:43 PM
Introducing...

The BUMP o' matic

TheDanRathersProject
02-05-2006, 12:20 PM
Frank Zappa is one of my favorite artists. He was a musical genius and very good satirist. Some of his quotes are amazingly intellegent and humorus.

magicbus
02-05-2006, 12:27 PM
Zappa was an amazing musician and composer, it's too bad he died so early.

I'd say my favorite albums are Waka/Jawaka, Hot Rats, The Grand Wazoo, and Apostrophe' in that order.

deejuks2
02-05-2006, 12:29 PM
he was a funny dude with a sweet gotee.

too bad he croaked.

"really? HI there little guy do you think i could get a tiny but exciting BLOW-JOB"


"BLOWOWOOOOW JOB"

Mars Volta
02-19-2006, 03:19 PM
I just bought a Zappa DVD from Ebay called A Token of his Extreme.
Any one know what it is? Loads of people are selling them.
It was 3.

Up The Irons
02-19-2006, 03:21 PM
Waka/Jawaka is probably my favorite album of his.

Scuba_Steve
02-19-2006, 08:42 PM
I watched the CNN interviews about censorship the other day, and I think frank was one of those people that would read/hear little facts and remember them forever until he needed them to prove a point.