Friday, October 29, 2010

Frank Zappa, The Muffin Man

Frank Zappa (Francis Vincent Zappa), I don't even know where to start. Zappa was an amazing musician, filmmaker, composer, activist, producer, and over-all character... But he's not for everyone. Some words used to commonly describe Zappa include: funny, offensive, eccentric, genius, pioneer, weirdo, cult hero. From 1966 up until his untimely death in '93, he put out hundreds of albums. [I've been into Zappa for years, and I've still only seen the tip of the iceberg.] He jumped all over the Genre Map - Playing styles ranging from Rock and Jazz to Experimental and Classical. Frank was also one of the early pioneers of sampling in the '80's, making use of the Synclavier. Oh yeah, and he named his 4 kids Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen - CLASSIC! So, check out The Man, The Myth, The Legend... Frank Zappa.
Here's 2 of my favourites:

From Hot Rats (1969).

Off The Mother's 1972 live album, Just Another Band from L.A.

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