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can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jan 10, 2011 - 09:17am PT
check out Dweezil's new compilation tribute album

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Jan 10, 2011 - 10:14am PT
Randisi where are you?

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2011 - 11:28am PT
"Help I'm a rock"

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2011 - 11:44am PT
"Gwen is a lonely single mother with an unusual passion for knitting and living with her young daughter Lola. When photography student Kirk asks if he can photograph Gwen in her home, Gwen only agrees after Lola's prompting. Kirk has ulterior motives though, and when Gwen finds out, she sets upon taking the upper hand in the situation."

Does that sound Zappaic? It should as it is the synopsis of Moon's 2004 short
film "Ugly" which she wrote and directed. It gets 5.9 out of 10 on IMDb.
That is probably fair although I give it a 7. It was the first and surely
the last premiere I will attend. I felt like such a dweeb being there.

Yeah, they made me model this...
Yeah, they made me model this...
Credit: Reilly

You used to be able to watch it on the American Film Institute site - haven't checked lately.

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Jan 10, 2011 - 12:58pm PT
Muffin Man.....feck yeah!

"....girl you thought he was a man
But he was a muffin
He hung around till you found
That he didn't know nuthin

Girl you thought he was a man
But he only was a-puffin
No cries is heard in the night
As a result of him stuffin."

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 10, 2011 - 08:01pm PT
Oh Debra Algebra Ebneezra Kadabra
Witch goddess, witch goddess of Lankershim
Cover my entire bodice, with Avon Cologna.

And drive me to some relative`s house, in East
L.A. (foogadah! ?)
(Just till my skin clears up)
Turn it to channel thirteen,
and maybe watch the rubber tongue, when it comes
from the puffed, and flatulent Mexican
rubbergoods mask.

Damn, now they are both gone!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
Here's a freaking YouTube of the Steve Allen show the article upthread talks about!

Part 1:

"we shot it in El Monte..."

Part 2 in which Frank 'plays' a bicycle:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Trad climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 03:56pm PT

May 20, 2011 - 03:44pm PT
Return to Forever Plays with Zappa Plays Zappa, The Warfield, Sept. 22, 2011

Trad climber
1.5 hours from Yosemite!!!
May 20, 2011 - 03:48pm PT

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
May 20, 2011 - 05:06pm PT
This is awesome...

Has anyone been to Vilnius to see this?

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
May 20, 2011 - 05:57pm PT
Billy was a mountain, Ethel was a tree growing off of his shoulder!

Evil too!

I'm gross and perverted, obsessed and derainged
I have exsisted for years but very little has changed
I'm the tool of the government and industry too
I'm destined to rule and regulate you
your mind is totally controlled
it has been stuffed into my mold
and you will do as you are told
until the rightd to you are sold
I'm the best you can get
have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin out of your tv set!

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
May 20, 2011 - 07:06pm PT
"What is your conceptual continuity?"

Thanks for everything Frank, we love you.

Mar 4, 2012 - 01:54am PT
Words cannot describe this moment of discovery. Wow!

The Beatles your parents REALLY wouldn't let you listen to.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 09:49am PT
I'm not sure if this cover of Stairway to Heaven was posted on this thread or not but it's a great version of the song.

Nov 15, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
No, I don't work for Dweezil's promotion crew...

This tour will shirley be another great one. Around $50 and very small venues. He's playing Flag! Definitely spreading the love around. Do yourself a favor and hear this band whether you loved his Pop or knot.

Here's the UK/Continent set list. He's added a lot of old songs to the already solid repertoire.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:17am PT
The apex:

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 23, 2012 - 06:56pm PT
I'm not much for tribute bands but after watching the Zappa Plays Zappa documentary decided Dweezil had the chops, character and pedigree to cover his dad's music.
Took in Dweezil's show at The Commodore last night with Jim Brennan and friends.
They opened with Zombie Woof and did awesome covers of Cosmic Debris and Penguins in Bondage along with many more.
Peaches en Regalia and a weird one called Moggio were real highlights.
Scheila Gonzales is a MONSTER and her 10 minute solo reminded me of the late Michael Brecker.

Highly recommended for any Zappa fans.

Peaches en Regalia

Dec 24, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
Smaller scale this tour. A back to the bars event. Excellent show. Continues to master Frank's songs and advance the music to old fans and those who missed out. Dweezil, he's so hot this year!


Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
Sad news for Mothers fans:
The Soul Giants were a struggling R&B cover band in Pomona in the mid-1960s when lead singer Ray Collins fired the group's guitarist and invited a musical collaborator from Rancho Cucamonga to take his place. His name was Frank Zappa.

The band soon began morphing into the Mothers of Invention, the avant-garde novelty rock group that was Zappa's vision. But Collins' "extraordinary pop-operatic vocals best conveyed" the band's "not-so-mock rage," according to the New Rolling Stone Record Guide.

When tension with Zappa caused Collins to leave the band in the late 1960s, he also essentially left behind his music career. For a time, he drove a taxi in Los Angeles and in recent years had lived out of his van in Claremont.

Collins died Dec. 24 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center after a heart attack. He was believed to be 75.

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