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Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 26, 2006 - 12:07pm PT
It's time one again to bow before the sheer genius that was Frank Zappa.

One of his most evocative works is his tune "Watermelon in Easter Hay". This live video is a lesser effort (the tune does not benefit from a the rhythm section), but still gives a good sense of Frank the Guitarist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Nq_5FneXE&mode=related&search=

p.s. - most people are probably not familiar with the late music prodigy/ virtuoso Shawn Lane, but this clip shows him playing the same tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOMDVMIfkxg&mode=related&search=
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Aug 26, 2006 - 12:15pm PT
I know this is going to sound like heresy, but I have never really liked any of Zappa's music. I liked him, I liked his style, but his music was some of the most unenjoyable out there. It often had this disjointed, jazz undercurrent, was layered with none too good sounding arrangements, and just left me wanting to leave the room. And I like some weird stuff, like Zoogz Rift and the Residents. And all of those explanations about how great musicians worked with Frank and how much a perfectionist he was just don't make the music any better. And what was it with all of the xylophones?

None the less, Frank was a super cool guy. It's just that his taste was what it was.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Aug 26, 2006 - 12:29pm PT
What will you do if we let you go home?
And the plastic's all melted, and so is the chrome?
Jacob

Trad climber
yucky valley
Aug 26, 2006 - 12:34pm PT
bob marley>zappa
Mimi

Trad climber
Seattle
Aug 26, 2006 - 12:34pm PT
Who are the brain police?
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 26, 2006 - 12:37pm PT
Joe has realized that imaginary guitar notes and imaginary vocals exist only in the imagination of the imaginer!

Ultimately, who gives a f*#k anyway?

Watermelon in Easter Hay. IMO one of Zappa's greatest works!




http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=227765#msg228233
Wonder

climber
WA
Aug 26, 2006 - 12:40pm PT
once apon a time I heard somewhere that Zappa invented the 64 track recording system.

Even though King Tubby never need it.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Aug 26, 2006 - 01:06pm PT
All good,
But,
My python boot is too tight,
I couldn't get it off last night...
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 26, 2006 - 01:09pm PT
I saw Largo wearing Python boots once, in Vegas.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Aug 26, 2006 - 01:20pm PT
"It often had this disjointed, jazz undercurrent.." well yeah, if that's a problem, then maybe Frank isn't for you, Stich. I think that's part of what does it for a lot of us.

OT, I wonder if there Are enough of us for a Residents thread?
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Aug 26, 2006 - 01:41pm PT
Zoogz Rift used heavy fusion jazz sounds on his Island of Living Puke album, but I just like the way it came out better. Franks vocals are kind of too smooth and sleazy sometimes. If music is weird, I prefer it to be just demented.

I do like Frank's Asshole song. Perhaps there is more within his discography that I need to sample. Care to offer up your favorite tracks?

The Residents thread is kind of off and running, though the title is a bit obscure.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 26, 2006 - 01:51pm PT
Voice of mary's vision:
Hi! It's me...
The girl from the bus...
Remember?
The last tour?
Well...
Information is
Not knowledge
Knowledge is
Not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is the best...
Wisdom is the domain
Of the wis
(which is extinct).
Beauty is a French
Phonetic corruption
Of a short cloth
Neck ornament
Currently in
Resurgence...


I just noticed that part of this is on the Freak Out Stout label in the other thread.
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 26, 2006 - 01:55pm PT
"I know this is going to sound like heresy, but I have never really liked any of Zappa's music"...

I am with you on this one...

Zappa was a extreamly inventive and creative and that I have always respected... I will admit that when we used to "trip". "Suzy Creamcheese" would take us somewhere else all together...

Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 26, 2006 - 02:03pm PT
That's right, lockn00b!

You can't beat Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pabst Blue Ribbon!
stich

Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Aug 26, 2006 - 02:07pm PT
I have to admit, but when I hear a lot of that sleazy Southern Fried Rock it makes me feel...uh...well PROUD yew sons a bitches!

locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 26, 2006 - 02:15pm PT
Billy, BIlly, Billy,

Lynyrd Skynyrd were cool...

My tastes lean heavily toward Hendrix, Led Zeplin, Jonny Winters, Ten Years After and Britney Spears...

Zappa just wasn't my thing!!! Neither was that little wimp "Gram Parsons".. (that one will get a rise!!!)

Watch out or I'll sick Mountain Man on you...
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 26, 2006 - 03:38pm PT
Sweet Home Alabama!

Gram Parsons?
Voltzwgn

Trad climber
Sac CA
Aug 26, 2006 - 04:12pm PT
Zappa played music from many genre rock, jazz, classical and some of what to me is just zappa. So you maybe right that even if you don't like the Zappa music you've heard to date there may still be some Zappa music you'll like out there some where.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Aug 26, 2006 - 09:50pm PT
Zappa for president! Even a dead guy would do better than the current crop of poodle biters.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 26, 2006 - 09:54pm PT
Zappa was running for president, if you remember.
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