I remember Zappa

February 15, 2006

I was a fan of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention from the beginnning. Alright, I confess I lost some interest after “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow.” My father tried to dissuade me from listening to Zappa (I think it was “Hot Rats” — still a classic as far as I”m concerned). I especially love the early orchestral stuff (“Lumpy Gravy”) and the chamber music on “Weasils Ripped My Flesh.” But I must confess, I think Zappa could have used 3 years of college education in composition and orchestration, but as he was such a rebellious bastard, I realized that he could never bring himself to pursue it. Well, if Edgard Varese had offered, I’m sure he would have taken him up on it.

These memories all came galumphing back when I saw this great drawing of Frank Zappa at moonbug dot org and I realized what a marvelous artist he was. Frank, you are missed.

Frank Zappa

I can’t figure out what human is behind “moonbug dot org,” but whoever s/he is, it’s a great blog and they are a marvelous artist.

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bourland February 15, 2006 at 9:11 pm

I swear to God I wore out that Hot Rats LP. I would play “Peaches en Regalia” (my favorite Zappa piece) over and over and over again.

I never listened to his later stuff. I may go back some time and listen to his guitar solo work…


pucks_soul February 16, 2006 at 4:40 am

Frank Zappa fans might be interested in the movie Rock School. If you can get past the pretensious posturing from the guy who runs the school, the kids are pretty awe inpiring in learning to play Zappa music culminating in a concert at the Zappanale in Bad Doberan Germany.

Roger Bourland February 16, 2006 at 9:15 am

Puck: I haven’t seen that movie, but I’ll definitely seek it out. I’m thinking I should check out Zappa’s movie “200 Motels” — maybe life is different now, but I have good memories of that album.

Andy: I’m thinking I need to get a CD of Hot Rats; I still have my LP from high school!

moonbug February 26, 2006 at 8:11 am

Hey Roger,

Moonbug talkin’ atcha!

First up: thanks for your kind words about my weblog and the doodles I publish on it. Sorry about the lack of personal information about me there — but there’s really not much to tell anyway, except maybe for the fact that I’m Belgian, and run another weblog which is more Zappa-related over at Kill Ugly Radio. Am a huge Rufus Wainwright fan as well, which is how I discovered your pages. I love the thoughtful, analytical way in which you write about him. Please do keep it up!

Yours enviously (you’re attending the NYC Carnegy Hall gig, right? đŸ˜‰ ),


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