2007/07/31

Zappa Speaks

Germany, where Frank Zappa has a huge following, has named a street after him. It's a nasty little street in the former East Berlin, but at least it's an enclave of musicians. Though, to me, it just doesn't seem to be enough. I mean...why not a whole town? Doesn't Zappa deserve that? They could call it: Zappadorf!

And what would the caustic Mr. Z make of our current troubles? Well, I'd say that Frank has already rendered his opinion...on the 2004 Election, for example:

The last election just laid the foundation of the next 500 years of Dark Ages.
- Frank Zappa, 1981

Or perhaps he might give us his take on the job Congress is doing:

Bad facts make bad law, and people who write bad laws are in my opinion more dangerous than songwriters who celebrate sexuality.
- Frank Zappa, 1985

And I'm sure that Frank would have something to say to Alberto Gonzales:

Perhaps Mr. Attorney General you'd be able to do your job if you didn't have your head quite so far up your bosses ass.
- Kvatch (attempting to channel one of his favorite musicians)

We could really use a little Zappa right about now.

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19 Comments:

Zap it to 'em. Well done.
If he said that, I would totally agree with him.
Yes, I think he would be pleased, or at least amused, by having a street named after him.

Damn that he wasn't more attentive to his health...dying at 53 such as he did. We certainly could have used his societal observations over the past 14 or so years. But I miss the music we'll never hear...one can't help but to wonder at the orchestral music an older and wiser Zappa would have produced as he continued his amazing development as a composer.

The SigOt and I have nearly completed our Zappa discography, being about 12 or so shy of a near-as-we-can-tell complete collection.
Zappahausen!
Perhaps Frank Zappa was considering those who would eventually come to man Bush's Soviet Style Politburocratic White House when he wrote:

"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Momma"
too bad they don't come like frank z anymore.
Peacechick, PoP... Zappa would have had heaps-o-scorn for the current administration, I think.

CultureGhost... I agree! The music we might of heard. I'm a particular fan of Zappa's classical compositions. The Yellow Shark, IMHO, is as fine a collection of modern classical as was produced in the last 20 years of the 20th.
Zappadorf, that's funny! I guess it beats Zappafurt or Zappaburg. Good for him, too bad he's not here to see that the love is still flowing.
"Zappahausen"

Fred... Outstanding! How about "Zappastadt"? ;-)

Cognitorex... Perhaps. Zappa was a prescient man.

RAFFI... Indeed they don't, and I miss the man more with every passing year.
Hey, Frank was a smart guy - a terrific musician - and I do recall his battles with Tipper Gore over music.
Fashiongirl... I would have like to see something more for Frank, but you know you get what they can give. Like I said, at least it's an enclave for musicians.

Diva... With Tipper, the House and Senate Commerce Committees, and numerous right-wing nuts and pundits. You should see Zappa being interviewed on Crossfire.
"the Yellow Shark" is an unrecognized
composition of musical daring...I'm also a big fan of the recordings he did with The London Symphony. Those,too have been overlooked.

Hey, I think Dweezil and his band are coming to SF in the near future...
I have to admit Zappa was a talented musician, but how seriously should we take his comments? I mean, the man named his son Dweedle or Dweezle or something equally dumb. :-/
Zappa rules! :)

Excellent article!
CultureGhost... I had the fortune of hearing Ensemble Moderne play The Yellow Shark live just a few months after Zappa's death. It was awesome experience!

Kathy... Here's what Frank had to say about his children's names:

People make a lot of fuss about my kids having such supposedly 'strange names', but the fact is that no matter what first names I might have given them, it is the last name that is going to get them in trouble.
My favorite was:

"The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced."
Ah...we were talking about Frank just last week going down memory lane and enjoying it immensely. I almost hated voting for Gore in 2000 simply because of Tipper and her BS with music and censorship...I still dislike the woman. Smart fellow our Zappaman!
Chuck... That's a good one, and one that I haven't heard before. Good find!

Sumo... I know. Zappa's wisdom is sorely missed. No one had as finely tuned bullsh*t detector as Frank.
Along with H.L. Mencken, George Carlin and Kurt Vonnegut, Zappa is one of my all-time favorite social critics.

I have sorely missed the guy in many ways.

If you haven't read "The Real Frank Zappa Book", which is Zappa talking about his life, in his own words, rush out and grab it now! It is priceless.

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