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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 humorous lyri ...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: Jimi Hendrix, Edgard Varese, John Coltrane, The Mothers of Invention

LPs
Dance Me This
2015

3.2
26 Votes
Everything Is Healing Nicely
1999

3.3
31 Votes
Läther
1996

4.1
70 Votes
Civilization, Phaze III
1994

3.5
61 Votes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
1987

3.1
41 Votes
Jazz From Hell
1986

3.5
187 Votes
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
1985

3.2
64 Votes
Thing-Fish
1984

2.6
88 Votes
Francesco Zappa
1984

2.7
63 Votes
Them or Us
1984

3.5
77 Votes
Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1984

3.2
46 Votes
London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1
1983

2.8
48 Votes
The Man from Utopia
1983

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

3.4
115 Votes
You Are What You Is
1981

3.8
172 Votes
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981

3.8
4 Votes
Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
1981

3.6
4 Votes
Joe's Garage
1979

4.3
512 Votes
Orchestral Favorites
1979

2.8
61 Votes
Sleep Dirt
1979

3.4
122 Votes
Studio Tan
1978

3.2
91 Votes
Zoot Allures
1976

3.8
242 Votes
Apostrophe
1974

4.2
741 Votes
The Grand Wazoo
1972

4.1
357 Votes
Waka/Jawaka
1972

3.9
229 Votes
200 Motels
1971

3.4
69 Votes
Chunga's Revenge
1970

3.6
208 Votes
Hot Rats
1969

4.4
1,281 Votes
Lumpy Gravy
1968

3.5
228 Votes
Lumpy Gravy Primordial
1967

2.2
55 Votes
Live Albums
ZAPPA ‘75: Zagreb/Ljubljana
2022

3.7
3 Votes
Philadelphia 1980
2022

3.5
2 Votes
Live in Vancouver 1975
2022

3.7
3 Votes
Capitol Theatre 1978
2022

3.8
2 Votes
Zappa/Erie
2022

3.8
3 Votes
Zappa '88: The Last U.S. Show
2021

4
5 Votes
Halloween 81
2020

3.8
3 Votes
Halloween 73 Highlights
2019

4.3
3 Votes
Halloween 73
2019

4.1
4 Votes
Zappa in New York: 40th Anniversary
2019

5
2 Votes
Halloween 77
2017

4.5
5 Votes
Chicago '78
2016

4
7 Votes
Little Dots
2016

3
6 Votes
Road Tapes, Venue 3
2016

3.5
6 Votes
Roxy The Soundtrack
2015

3.6
4 Votes
200 Motels: The Suites
2015

3
2 Votes
A Token Of His Extreme (Soundtrack)
11/25/2013

3.9
5 Votes
Road Tapes, Venue 2
10/31/2013

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

3.3
8 Votes
Carnegie Hall
2011

3.9
4 Votes
Hammersmith Odeon
2010

4.3
25 Votes
Philly '76
2009

3.6
4 Votes
Zappa's Menage
2008

3
13 Votes
One Shot Deal
2008

3.3
5 Votes
Wazoo
2007

4.3
21 Votes
Buffalo
2007

3.8
23 Votes
Trance-Fusion
2006

3.5
39 Votes
Imaginary Diseases
2006

4
23 Votes
Halloween
2003

3.6
17 Votes
FZ:OZ
2002

3.8
16 Votes
The Yellow Shark
1993

4
65 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Vol 6
1992

3.9
9 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore Vol 5
1992

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

3.7
29 Votes
Make a Jazz Noise Here
1991

3.9
51 Votes
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
1991

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

3.7
26 Votes
Broadway the Hard Way
1988

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

4.2
43 Votes
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988

3.7
37 Votes
Guitar
1988

3.1
67 Votes
Does Humor Belong in Music?
1986

3.6
29 Votes
Baby Snakes
1983

3.5
36 Votes
Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981

3.6
58 Votes
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
1981

3.9
123 Votes
Sheik Yerbouti
1979

3.9
360 Votes
Zappa In New York
1978

4.2
93 Votes
Bongo Fury
1975

3.7
115 Votes
Compilations
Funky Nothingness
2023

4
1 Votes
Waka/Wazoo
2022

3
2 Votes
The Hot Rats Sessions
2019

4
5 Votes
Orchestral Favorites (40th Anniversary)
2019

ZAPPAtite (Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks)
2016

3.8
2 Votes
The Crux Of The Biscuit
2016

2.9
5 Votes
Frank Zappa For President
2016

3.3
4 Votes
Joe's Camouflage
2014

3.8
6 Votes
Finer Moments
12/18/2012

2.8
4 Votes
Understanding America
10/31/2012

3
1 Votes
Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison
2011

2.8
6 Votes
Congress Shall Make No Law...
2010

3.3
3 Votes
Greasy Love Songs
2010

2.7
3 Votes
Beat The Boots! III
2009

2.5
1 Votes
The Dub Room Special
2007

3.3
13 Votes
The MOFO Project/Object
2006

3.8
8 Votes
Joe's XMASage
2005

2.5
10 Votes
The Best of Frank Zappa
2004

3.5
11 Votes
Joe's Domage
2004

2.7
10 Votes
QuAUDIOPHILIAc
2004

3.7
9 Votes
Joe's Corsage
2004

3.2
12 Votes
Mystery Disc
1998

3.1
17 Votes
Strictly Genteel
1997

3.5
1 Votes
Have I Offended Someone?
1997

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

3.4
11 Votes
The Lost Episodes
1996

3.5
28 Votes
Strictly Commercial
1995

3.9
60 Votes
Beat The Boots! II
1992

2.5
1 Votes
Beats The Boots!
1991

2.5
1 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

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