History Music / FrankZappa

20th Feb '17 1:04:25 AM bt8257
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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 -- December 4, 1993) was a famous CrazyAwesome and prolific composer/musician, singer, guitarist, RecordProducer, film director and anti-censorship activist. His massive 75-album output, both solo and with his band The Mothers of Invention, is largely known for [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly spanning almost every genre known to man]] from [[HardRock straightforward rock 'n roll]] to [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible free-jazz, musique concrète]] and classical music, alternating between heavy experimentalism and accesible catchiness and being chock-full of satirical, absurd, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gut-bustingly hilarious]] lyrics. While he had occasional brushes with mainstream fame in TheSeventies and TheEighties, the bulk of his career was spent as a legendary cult figure, boasting a small but devoted fandom and critical acclaim.

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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 -- December 4, 1993) was a famous CrazyAwesome and prolific composer/musician, singer, guitarist, RecordProducer, film director and anti-censorship activist. His massive 75-album output, both solo and with his band The Mothers of Invention, is largely known for [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly spanning almost every genre known to man]] from [[HardRock straightforward rock 'n roll]] to [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible free-jazz, musique concrète]] and classical music, alternating between heavy experimentalism and accesible catchiness and being chock-full of satirical, absurd, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gut-bustingly hilarious]] funny]] lyrics. While he had occasional brushes with mainstream fame in TheSeventies and TheEighties, the bulk of his career was spent as a legendary cult figure, boasting a small but devoted fandom and critical acclaim.
19th Jan '17 7:08:47 AM DeepRed
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* TheSpartanWay: He loved family life and relished being a father... But his whole life and in fact his whole house were configured to serve his musical career. His entire family was swept up in its orbit, and they've all helped out one way or another. The nightmarish practice and touring schedules of his bands. Living with Zappa meant living for Zappa's music.

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* TheSpartanWay: TheSpartanWay / [[StageMon Stage Dad]]: He loved family life and relished being a father... But his whole life and in fact his whole house were configured to serve his musical career. His entire family was swept up in its orbit, and they've all helped out one way or another. The nightmarish practice and touring schedules of his bands. Living with Zappa meant living for Zappa's music.
19th Jan '17 7:06:33 AM DeepRed
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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: In one of his earliest performances live on the Steve Allen Show in 1963, Zappa played the fiddle... on a bicycle.
9th Jan '17 2:34:13 PM CassandraLeo
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* EpicRocking: He did this countless times throughout his career; one of his best known examples is the seven minute guitar solo during "Willie the Pimp" on ''Music/HotRats'' or the epic jams that take up the final tracks of ''Music/FreakOut'' and ''Music/UncleMeat''. Other extreme examples are "Billy the Mountain" from ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'', which was known to get as long as thirty minutes during live performances, and the sort-of sequel "The Adventures of Gregary Peccary" from ''Music/StudioTan'' and ''Music/{{Lather}}'', which in the album version is twenty-one minutes long and in one live performance is ''thirty-three''. ''Absolutely Free'' could also be considered an example; it essentially consists of the 19:46 title suite (not to be confused with the identically named and much shorter song on ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'', which is a completely different composition) and the 18:49 "The M.O.I. American Pageant", but these are each divided into several tracks. There are plenty of other examples, many of which also hover around the twenty-minute mark; you could probably fill four or five CDs with different songs Zappa stretched out to the twenty-minute mark in various performances throughout the years.

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* EpicRocking: He did this countless times throughout his career; one of his best known examples is the seven minute guitar solo during "Willie the Pimp" on ''Music/HotRats'' or the epic jams that take up the final tracks of ''Music/FreakOut'' and ''Music/UncleMeat''. Other extreme examples are "Billy the Mountain" from ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'', which was known to get as long as thirty minutes during live performances, and the sort-of sequel "The Adventures of Gregary Peccary" from ''Music/StudioTan'' and ''Music/{{Lather}}'', which in the album version is twenty-one minutes long and in one live performance is ''thirty-three''. ''Absolutely Free'' could also be considered an example; it essentially consists of the 19:46 title suite (not to be confused with the identically named and much shorter song on ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'', which is a completely different composition) and the 18:49 "The M.O.I. American Pageant", but these are each divided into several tracks. There are plenty of other examples, many of which also hover around the twenty-minute mark; you could probably fill four or five CDs [=CDs=] with different songs Zappa stretched out to the twenty-minute mark in various performances throughout the years.
9th Jan '17 2:33:06 PM CassandraLeo
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* EpicRocking: He did this countless times throughout his career; one of his best known examples is the seven minute guitar solo during "Willie the Pimp" on ''Music/HotRats'' or the epic jams that take up the final tracks of ''Music/FreakOut'' and ''Music/UncleMeat''. Other extreme examples are "Billy the Mountain" from ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'', which was known to get as long as thirty minutes during live performances, and the sort-of sequel "The Adventures of Gregary Peccary" from ''Music/StudioTan'' and ''Music/{{Lather}}'', which in the album version is twenty-one minutes long and in one live performance is ''thirty-three''.

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* EpicRocking: He did this countless times throughout his career; one of his best known examples is the seven minute guitar solo during "Willie the Pimp" on ''Music/HotRats'' or the epic jams that take up the final tracks of ''Music/FreakOut'' and ''Music/UncleMeat''. Other extreme examples are "Billy the Mountain" from ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'', which was known to get as long as thirty minutes during live performances, and the sort-of sequel "The Adventures of Gregary Peccary" from ''Music/StudioTan'' and ''Music/{{Lather}}'', which in the album version is twenty-one minutes long and in one live performance is ''thirty-three''. ''Absolutely Free'' could also be considered an example; it essentially consists of the 19:46 title suite (not to be confused with the identically named and much shorter song on ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'', which is a completely different composition) and the 18:49 "The M.O.I. American Pageant", but these are each divided into several tracks. There are plenty of other examples, many of which also hover around the twenty-minute mark; you could probably fill four or five CDs with different songs Zappa stretched out to the twenty-minute mark in various performances throughout the years.



* FadingIntoTheNextSong: A lot of his albums contain almost no gaps except when needed for LP side breaks, although in some cases songs are linked with StudioChatter rather than with musical cues. Good examples include ''Music/AbsolutelyFree'', ''Music/LumpyGravy'', ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'', ''Music/{{Lather}}'', and ''Music/CivilizationPhazeIII'', but there are many others. ''Absolutely Free'' basically only has two songs (except on CD reissues, which add two short bonus songs), but they're divided into several tracks each.



* FreakOut: The name of his debut album, which really lives up to its name during the final three tracks.

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* FreakOut: The name of his debut album, which really lives up to its name during the final three tracks.tracks (two songs on LP versions, but "Help, I'm a Rock" was divided into two tracks for CD releases).
11th Dec '16 7:53:59 AM NWolfman
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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Naturally, as someone who was fiercely against censorship, Frank was not afraid to hurt people's feelings if it meant avoiding worthwhile satire. He famously defended "Jewish Princess" on the grounds that "Unlike unicorns, [[TruthInTelevison they actually exist]]." This eventually warranted a compilation album of his most overtly politically incorrect songs, ''Have I Offended Someone?''.

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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Naturally, as someone who was fiercely against censorship, Frank was not afraid to hurt people's feelings if it meant avoiding worthwhile satire. He famously defended "Jewish Princess" on the grounds that "Unlike unicorns, [[TruthInTelevison [[TruthInTelevision they actually exist]]." This eventually warranted a compilation album of his most overtly politically incorrect songs, ''Have I Offended Someone?''.
11th Dec '16 7:53:10 AM NWolfman
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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Naturally, as someone who was fiercely against censorship, Frank was not afraid to hurt people's feelings if it meant avoiding worthwhile satire. He famously defended "Jewish Princess" on the grounds that "Unlike unicorns, [[TruthInTelevison they actually exist]]." This eventually warranted a compilation album of his most overtly politically incorrect songs, ''Have I Offended Someone?''.
2nd Dec '16 10:12:31 AM Xtifr
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'''Frank Vincent Zappa''' (December 21, 1940 -- December 4, 1993) was a famous CrazyAwesome and prolific composer/musician, singer, guitarist, RecordProducer, film director and anti-censorship activist. His massive 75-album output, both solo and with his band The Mothers of Invention, is largely known for [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly spanning almost every genre known to man]] from [[HardRock straightforward rock 'n roll]] to [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible free-jazz, musique concrète]] and classical music, alternating between heavy experimentalism and accesible catchiness and being chock-full of satirical, absurd, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gut-bustingly hilarious]] lyrics. While he had occasional brushes with mainstream fame in TheSeventies and TheEighties, the bulk of his career was spent as a legendary cult figure, boasting a small but devoted fandom and critical acclaim.

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'''Frank Frank Vincent Zappa''' Zappa (December 21, 1940 -- December 4, 1993) was a famous CrazyAwesome and prolific composer/musician, singer, guitarist, RecordProducer, film director and anti-censorship activist. His massive 75-album output, both solo and with his band The Mothers of Invention, is largely known for [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly spanning almost every genre known to man]] from [[HardRock straightforward rock 'n roll]] to [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible free-jazz, musique concrète]] and classical music, alternating between heavy experimentalism and accesible catchiness and being chock-full of satirical, absurd, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gut-bustingly hilarious]] lyrics. While he had occasional brushes with mainstream fame in TheSeventies and TheEighties, the bulk of his career was spent as a legendary cult figure, boasting a small but devoted fandom and critical acclaim.
1st Nov '16 9:59:15 PM DustSnitch
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->''"A lot of what we ''[The Mothers]'' do is [[TheGadfly designed to annoy people]] to the point that they -- just for a second -- might question enough of their environment to do something about it."''

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->''"A lot of what we ''[The Mothers]'' do is [[TheGadfly designed to annoy people]] people to the point that they -- just for a second -- might question enough of their environment to do something about it."''
27th Jul '16 10:12:47 AM fauxtoast
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Oh, and he gave his four kids really [[AwesomeMcCoolName weird but cool names like Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa]]. Dweezil has toured with many past Zappa band members over the past several years, playing much of his father's repertoire in a series of successful tours billed as ''Zappa Plays Zappa''.

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Oh, and he gave his four kids really [[AwesomeMcCoolName weird but cool names like Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa]]. Moon is probably best known for her vocals on Zappa's highest-charting single, 1982's "Valley Girl", and Dweezil has toured with many past former Zappa band members over the past several years, playing much of his father's repertoire in a series of successful concert tours billed as ''Zappa Plays Zappa''.
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