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Lost In A Whirlpool
Frank Zappa
02:46
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Tiger Roach
Frank Zappa
02:20
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Run Home Slow Theme
Frank Zappa
01:25
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Who Are The Brain Police?
Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention
03:33
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The Dog Breath Variations
Frank Zappa
01:48
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The Idiot Bastard Son
Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention
03:18
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Didja Get Any Onya?
Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention
03:43
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Peaches En Regalia
Frank Zappa
03:38
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Happy Together - Live At Fillmore East / 1971
Frank Zappa, The Mothers
02:57
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For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers)
Frank Zappa
06:05
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I'm The Slime
Frank Zappa, The Mothers
03:34
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Sofa No. 1
Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention
02:38
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The Torture Never Stops
Frank Zappa
09:48
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Baby Snakes
Frank Zappa
01:49
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What Ever Happened To All The Fun In The World
Frank Zappa
00:33
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Watermelon In Easter Hay (Prequel) - Live
Frank Zappa
03:55
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Easy Meat
Frank Zappa
09:18
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Tinsel Town Rebellion - Live In New York City, 1984 - Alternate Version
Frank Zappa
04:42
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Wait A Minute
Frank Zappa
00:33
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Naval Aviation In Art?
Frank Zappa, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort
02:45
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H.R. 2911
Frank Zappa
03:38
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Night School
Frank Zappa
04:50
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Filthy Habits
Frank Zappa
05:39
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Roland's Big Event/Strat Vindaloo - Medley
Frank Zappa
05:56
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Outrage At Valdez
Frank Zappa
03:27
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Dio Fa
Frank Zappa
08:18

Frank Zappa

Why it is wrong to describe Frank Zappa as a brainiac and cynical musician...

Zappa is often described as a brainiac and a cynic. One of the ways to undermine this ludicrous mediatic reputation is to tell the various stages of the artist’s life, in music.

It all began with a recording session from three teenagers: on vocals, Beefheart, the high school friend; on the solo guitar, eighteen-year-old Frank Vincent Zappa; and his brother Bobby on rhythm guitar (“Lost in A Whirlpool”). Zappa then left his job and his woman to settle in a studio deep in the desert: the Cucamonga Valley (“Tiger Roach”). He sometimes went up to Los Angeles to do commissioned work on B-movie soundtracks (“Run Home Slow Theme”), but these were lean years work wise!

Two years later, Zappa’s new band’s debut album was finally released: Freak Out! by The Mothers of Invention. Upon listening to the song “Who Are The Brain Police?”, famous producer Tom Wilson – who thought he had hired a blues band — immediately phoned his bosses to explain the situation... “The Mothers” feel comfortable with any register: be it a Stravinsky-inspired music piece (“The Dog Breath Variations”), sharp social criticism (“The Idiot Bastard Son”), jazz, or contemporary music / happenings (“Didja Get Any Onya?”). Yet, Zappa would disband the group with bitterness, after witnessing Duke Ellington beg for advance money from the management on tour.

His solo career started in a different vein, jazz-rock-oriented (“Peaches En Regalia”) followed by a carnival phase with Flo & Eddie singing their old hit (“Happy Together”). But the party would end abruptly when an Englishman threw Zappa off the stage from a great height. He almost died in the accident and remained in a wheelchair for several months. This, however, did not prevent him from recording with a large orchestra during his convalescence period (“For Calvin”).

A change of direction followed with Zappa’s new musical formation. The musician had never been seemed as fulfilled as during this period (“I'm The Slime”, “Sofa No. 1”). But the band eventually split up and Zappa got the blues (“The Torture Never Stops”). He returned in 1978 after various attempts at forming new bands (“Baby Snakes”), even though a certain nostalgia persisted (“Watermelon In Easter Hay”).

In the early ’80s, Zappa turned up the voltage and irreverent tours (“Easy Meat”, “Tinseltown Rebellion”). In 1984, he collaborated with Pierre Boulez (“Naval Aviation In Art?”). The following year, he went to war against a bill that aimed to censor music records – a tax on blank audiotapes. To do so, he isolated himself with just a synthesizer (“H.R. 2911”, “Night School”). 1988 became the year of the tragic tour: conflicts erupted within the band while Zappa, exhausted, was diagnosed with cancer (“Filthy Habits”).

Consumed by illness, Zappa recorded his very last guitar solo (“Roland's Big Event / Strat Vindaloo"). He cried backstage while listening to his music properly performed by Ensemble Modern (“Outrage at Valdez”) before he eventually published, by way of testament, one of the strangest, darkest and most shamanic music, translated as “God lies” (“Dio Fa”).

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