Let's be Frank

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Let's be Frank

Postby dogsetc. » Mon Feb 26, 2007 18:55

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...there's probably one down the backend somewhere, but i thought it might be nice to just sit and ponder memories of personal best bits. Maybe the ol'Cardiacs Alike could do with something a bit weighty.

Mine tend to be earlier rather than later so I'm gonna grab some good ones immediately:
1. The two three minute tunes of Peaches en Regalia and Little Umbrellas.
2. Who are the Brain Police orf Freak Out.
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3. All of Uncle Meat; and the singing voice on Cruising for Burgers.

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Postby Stoneage Dinosaurs » Mon Feb 26, 2007 19:01

Being Frank for me means listnening to Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Uncle Meat. The rest I can be frank and say I can live without.

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Re: Let's be Frank

Postby Batesy » Mon Feb 26, 2007 19:02

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1. The two three minute tunes of Peaches en Regalia and Little Umbrellas.
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I only have a 'Best of' by Zappa which is pretty pointless as he clearly did so much. My local record shop has loads of his albums on offer for a fiver at the moment - what would be a good one (or two) to get? I love Peaches en Regalia...

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Re: Let's be Frank

Postby dogsetc. » Mon Feb 26, 2007 19:04

Batesy wrote:
dogsetc. wrote:1. The two three minute tunes of Peaches en Regalia and Little Umbrellas.
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I only have a 'Best of' by Zappa which is pretty pointless as he clearly did so much. My local record shop has loads of his albums on offer for a fiver at the moment - what would be a good one (or two) to get? I love Peaches en Regalia...


I'd go with what Stoneage says if they've got any of those.

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Postby frostbyte » Mon Feb 26, 2007 19:19

sofa no.2 ofcourse!!!!!!!
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Postby schlep » Mon Feb 26, 2007 19:29

frostbyte wrote:sofa no.2 ofcourse!!!!!!!


:D
'One Size Fits All' is a pretty cool rekkerd too. I agree with Stoneage's 3 and raise him one 'Weasels Ripped My Flesh'.
Have to say I don't listen to his Frankishness very often though.
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Postby dogsetc. » Mon Feb 26, 2007 19:37

schlep wrote:Have to say I don't listen to his Frankishness very often though.


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Postby djbladdered » Mon Feb 26, 2007 23:23

I went to see Frank on 'Broadway The Hard Way' Tour at Wembley Arena in 1988. His last tour, the band fragmented mid tour, thats it, no more Frank live. He played a loooooooooooong time, and did lots of 'One Size Fits All' which is very accessible direct Zappa with his funky mid 70s band. Preffered Bozzio band (Terry Ted Bozzio, drummer, vocalist, wearer of thongs). Personal favourites Yo Mama, Orchestral Duke of Prunes, Ocean is the Ultimate Solution, BILLIONS MORE. Frank RIP
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Postby Gubbins » Tue Feb 27, 2007 00:51

Frank Zappa... Where do I begin? My dad has been blasting Hot Rats at me from the womb to the present day. Peaches En Regalia has a very, very strong case for being my favorite song in the whole universe ever. I could ramble on for pages about how incredible He is and why without Him there would be just... Nothing. No Patton, no Timmy, definitely no Primus.

I would say for Batesy to get Hot Rats which is the best of the jazzy stuff (and possibly the best full stop) Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch for the complete mentalism and One Size Fits All for the rawk.

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Postby whippersnapper » Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:48

I did a poll once...about your favorite tune...so hard to say!

I've been a fan since 1993! I bought (almost) all his records! I'm especially a big fan of his instrumentals. I also adored his sense of absurd, sarcastic humour. Although in the long term the music alone is what made him one of my heroes.

Things I like best are:

- Uncle Meat instrumentals (dog breath, pound for a brown, project x, etc.)
- Sofa (1 & 2)
- Strictly Genteel
- The Black Page (all versions)
- Ship arriving to late/Envelopes
- Hot Rats (whole album)
- Inca Roads
- Florentine Pogen
... and so on, and so on

One thing I hated about Zappa though, that he made damn fine songs but too often put a ten minute guitar solo right in the middle. I don't care for those ego trips. I made complete cassette tapes with those songs but I'd cut the solo's out of them. I know it's crude, but hey, it's just that I hate (most) guitar solo's.

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Postby Ady » Tue Feb 27, 2007 14:20

i know hes done loads of albums-the one i've got which i like cause its really jazz funky and a bit all over the place-is "roxy and elsewhere"-the live cd.
anyone know which other albums are good which are more the funky ones?
i see hot rats has already been mentioned.

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Postby schlep » Tue Feb 27, 2007 14:33

O yeah, Roxy and Elsewhere!! I had that as a kid, it meant a lot. 'More Trouble Every Day', 'Penguin In Bondage', and that other one, uh - and the song about the giant monster poodle!! Great stuff. But then the album is a little spoiled by the big long 'audience participation' dance contest which is a bit of a drag.

Whippy that's funny that you despise the guitar solos in FZ music - often for me they're the saving grace.
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Postby dogsetc. » Tue Feb 27, 2007 14:50

whippersnapper wrote:One thing I hated about Zappa though, that he made damn fine songs but too often put a ten minute guitar solo right in the middle. I don't care for those ego trips. I made complete cassette tapes with those songs but I'd cut the solo's out of them. I know it's crude, but hey, it's just that I hate (most) guitar solo's.


Same here, sorry schlep, pretty interminable.

1963. Bicycle. The Steve Allen Show...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGPPBwDBJDs
...completists only. Gives a good account of himself though.

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Postby Gubbins » Tue Feb 27, 2007 14:59

I personally could listen to Zappa play guitar all day! :D

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Postby Greyhound » Tue Feb 27, 2007 15:22

It's hard to know where to start when listing favourite Zappa moments. Hot Rats and Shiek Yabuti are the two albums I never get bored of listening start to finish. Broadway the Hard Way, You Are What You Is and Waka/Jawaka come close seconds.

As for individual tunes...Hmmm, tough one.

1. We are not alone (Man From Utopia)
2. Willie the Pimp (Hot Rats)
3. City of Tiny Lights (Make A Jazz Noise Here)
4. Let me take you to the beach (Studio Tan)
5. The Blue Light (Tinseltown Rebellion)
6. I'm So Cute (Sheik Yabuti)

I'll have changed my mind about all those in a month though.

Genius!