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Frank Zappa

Composer, guitarist, singer, and band leader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not challenging enough, he overlayed it with highly satirical and sometimes abstractly humor ...read more

Composer, guitarist, singer, and band leader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not challenging enough, he overlayed it with highly satirical and sometimes abstractly humorous lyrics and song titles that marked him as coming out of a provocative literary tradition that included Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and edgy comedians like Lenny Bruce. Nominally, he was a popular musician, but his recordings rarely earned significant airplay or sales,yet he was able to gain control of his recorded work and issue it successfully through his own labels while also touring internationally, in part because of the respect he earned from a dedicated cult of fans and many serious musicians, and also because he was an articulate spokesman who promoted himself into a media star through extensive interviews he considered to be a part of his creative effort just like his music. The Mothers of Invention, the '60s group he led, often seemed to offer a parody of popular music and the counterculture (although he affected long hair and jeans, Zappa was openly scornful of hippies and drug use). By the'80s, he was testifying before Congress in opposition to censorship (and editing his testimony into one of his albums). But these comic and serious sides were complementary, not contradictory. In statement and in practice, Zappa was an iconoclastic defender of the freest possible expression of ideas. And most of all, he was a composer far more ambitious than any other rock musician of his time and most classical musicians, as well. « hide

Similar Bands: The Mothers of Invention, Dweezil Zappa, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Edgard Varese

LPs
Dance Me This
2015

3.3
19 Votes
Everything Is Healing Nicely
1999

3.2
24 Votes
Civilization, Phaze III
1994

3.7
50 Votes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
1987

3.1
36 Votes
Jazz From Hell
1986

3.5
156 Votes
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
1985

3.2
54 Votes
Thing-Fish
1984

2.6
74 Votes
Francesco Zappa
1984

2.7
53 Votes
Them or Us
1984

3.5
64 Votes
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1984

3.2
40 Votes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1
1983

2.8
42 Votes
The Man from Utopia
1983

3.1
83 Votes
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
1982

3.3
95 Votes
You Are What You Is
1981

3.9
145 Votes
Joe's Garage
1979

4.3
416 Votes
Orchestral Favorites
1979

2.7
49 Votes
Sleep Dirt
1979

3.3
92 Votes
Studio Tan
1978

3.2
72 Votes
Zoot Allures
1976

3.9
194 Votes
Apostrophe
1974

4.2
604 Votes
The Grand Wazoo
1972

4.1
279 Votes
Waka/Jawaka
1972

3.9
182 Votes
Chunga's Revenge
1970

3.6
170 Votes
Hot Rats
1969

4.4
1,049 Votes
Lumpy Gravy
1968

3.6
189 Votes
Lumpy Gravy (Capitol Version)
1967

2.1
45 Votes
Live Albums
Halloween 77
2017

4
2 Votes
Chicago '78
2016

3.9
5 Votes
Little Dots
2016

3.1
5 Votes
Road Tapes, Venue 3
2016

3.7
5 Votes
Roxy The Soundtrack
2015

3.5
5 Votes
200 Motels: The Suites
2015

3.5
1 Votes
A Token Of His Extreme (Soundtrack)
11/25/2013

3.3
3 Votes
Road Tapes, Venue 2
10/31/2013

3.8
8 Votes
Road Tapes, Venue 1
10/30/2013

3.2
7 Votes
Carnegie Hall
2011

4
2 Votes
Hammersmith Odeon
2010

4.3
18 Votes
Philly '76
2009

3.8
2 Votes
Zappa's Menage
2008

3.2
10 Votes
One Shot Deal
2008

3.3
3 Votes
Wazoo
2007

4.2
15 Votes
Buffalo
2007

3.8
19 Votes
Trance-Fusion
2006

3.4
39 Votes
Imaginary Diseases
2006

3.9
20 Votes
Halloween
2003

3.5
15 Votes
FZ:OZ
2002

3.7
14 Votes
The Yellow Shark
1993

3.9
54 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Vol 6
1992

3.3
5 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Vol 5
1992

3.9
7 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Vol 4
1991

3.6
25 Votes
Make a Jazz Noise Here
1991

3.8
40 Votes
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
1991

4.1
51 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Vol 3
1989

3.6
22 Votes
Broadway the Hard Way
1988

3.6
43 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988

4.1
34 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988

3.6
31 Votes
Guitar
1988

3
60 Votes
Does Humor Belong in Music?
1986

3.5
27 Votes
Baby Snakes
1983

3.4
30 Votes
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981

3.5
49 Votes
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
1981

3.9
109 Votes
Sheik Yerbouti
1979

3.9
316 Votes
Zappa In New York
1978

4.2
80 Votes
Bongo Fury
1975

3.7
90 Votes
Compilations
ZAPPAtite (Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks)
2016

3.5
1 Votes
Frank Zappa For President
2016

3.5
3 Votes
The Crux Of The Biscuit
2016

2.9
4 Votes
Joe's Camouflage
2014

3.8
6 Votes
Finer Moments
12/18/2012

2.7
3 Votes
Understanding America
10/31/2012

3
1 Votes
Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison
2011

2.7
6 Votes
Congress Shall Make No Law...
2010

4
3 Votes
Greasy Love Songs
2010

2.8
2 Votes
The Dub Room Special
2007

3.3
11 Votes
The MOFO Project/Object
2006

3.9
7 Votes
Joe's XMASage
2005

2.5
10 Votes
The Best of Frank Zappa
2004

3.4
10 Votes
Joe's Domage
2004

2.6
11 Votes
QuAUDIOPHILIAc
2004

3.7
8 Votes
Joe's Corsage
2004

3.3
12 Votes
Mystery Disc
1998

3.1
15 Votes
Have I Offended Someone?
1997

3.7
13 Votes
Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa
1996

3.4
11 Votes
L├Ąther
1996

4.2
60 Votes
The Lost Episodes
1996

3.5
22 Votes
Strictly Commercial
1995

3.8
58 Votes
The Old Masters Box III
1987

3
1 Votes
The Old Masters Box II
1986

3
1 Votes
The Old Masters Box I
1985

3.5
1 Votes
200 Motels
1971

3.5
50 Votes

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