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.
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.
"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Momma"
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.
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.
Diva... With Tipper, the House and Senate Commerce Committees, and numerous right-wing nuts and pundits. You should see Zappa being interviewed on Crossfire.
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...
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.
"The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced."
Sumo... I know. Zappa's wisdom is sorely missed. No one had as finely tuned bullsh*t detector as Frank.
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.