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Bruce Kay

Gym climber
Mar 4, 2012 - 10:06am PT
a selection of Frank quotes. My favorite is numba 17:

Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.

Stupidity is the basic building block of the universe.

Tobacco is my favorite vegetable.

There is no hell. There is only France.

Don't mind your make-up, you'd better make your mind up.

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

It is always advisable to be a loser if you cannot become a winner.

A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open.

If we can't be free at least we can be cheap.

Sometimes you got to get sick before you can feel better.

You can't be a Real Country unless you have a BEER and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER.

There will never be a nuclear war; there's too much real estate involved.

Consider for a moment any beauty in the name Ralph.

Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?

Outdoors for me is walking from the car to the ticket desk at the airport

You drank beer, you played golf, you watched football - WE EVOLVED!

You have just destroyed one model XQJ-37 nuclear powered pansexual roto-plooker....and you're gonna have to pay for it.

Interviewer: "So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?"
FZ: "You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?"

Without deviation from the norm, 'progress' is not possible.

Who are the brain police?

The people of your century no longer require the service of composers.
A composer is as useful to a person in a jogging suit as a dinsoaur turd in the middle of his runway.

There are more love songs than anything else.
If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.

Hey, you know something people? I'm not black, but there's a whole lots a times I wish I could say I'm not white.

Most people wouldn't know good music if it came up and bit them in the ass.

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

There are three things that smell of fish. One of them is fish. The other two are growing on you!

May your sh#t come to life and kiss you on the face.

Let's not be too rough on our own ignorance, it's what makes America great.

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.

Beauty is a pair of shoes that makes you wanna die.

The creation and destruction of harmonic and 'statistical' tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consonant and 'regular' throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only 'good guys' in it, or eating cottage cheese.

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.


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 3, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
RIP to another other brother from another mother

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Feb 26, 2013 - 04:56pm PT
The LA Philharmonic has announced its 2013-2014 season. In the LA Times article is this:
...a world premiere concert performance of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels...

...For "Inside Out," the Phil also will bring back several old friends of the realm. Dudamel will alternate at the podium with his predecessor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, who will conduct several concerts, including the "200 Motels" program on Oct. 23, the anniversary date of the hall's official opening. Salonen was friends with Zappa, the iconoclastic L.A. composer who died in 1993.,0,1050277.story

There's no way I'm missing Salonen conducting Zappa!


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 26, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
I understand orchestras trying to be hip and draw in a younger crowd but
I'll give this a miss. I view it like I do rock climbing in roller skates.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Feb 26, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
It's Zappa's best work, from an orchestra point of view. Hopefully they'll get Volman and Kaylan to perform.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 26, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Zappa was one of my teenage influences, even saw him in concert in high school, the You Are What You Is tour. Don't think I could sit through an orchestra playing Zappa music, though. Particularly his orchestral music.

Trad climber
Feb 26, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
"Help I'm a rock"

Still a great album

Boulder climber
San Diego
Feb 26, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
"Billy the mountain" Has to be my favorite!

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
GRODY, GRODY TO THE MAX!! NO WAY! I do not talk funny! I'm so sure...


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Moon has class, intelligence, beauty....

Frank would be proud.


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 26, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa, born July 30, 1979.

The least known of the Zappa kids!

Credit: survival

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 26, 2013 - 02:03pm PT

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Apr 26, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Wow at Survival's post:
I didn't realize there was a fourth kid.
She sure has her dad's nose.


Re: orchestral performances

It took me years to warm up to ANY! of Zappa's music.
For years I thought the guy was a total clown.
Not until I was introduced to the modern, fusion (whatever yah wanna call'm) jazz bands...
Such as Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc...
did I appreciate Frank's music.

Then it took me a long time to get past his popular classics and begin to appreciate his more 'out there' stuff...
Such as his lead on 'Truck Driver Divorce' or the frenetic 'Stevie's Spanking'.

But as quoted upthread:

Without deviation from the norm, 'progress' is not possible.

Familiarity spawns comfort.
As my 'Zapology' frame of reference broadened I started to appreciate his Orchestral stuff. About then I realized that Zappa probably had numerous versions jazz, rock, acoustic and Orchestral/symphonic, of everyone of his songs.

I always liked the melody, mockery and whimsical nature of 'Duke of Prunes'

Which original sounded like:
(I think from his second album "Absolutely Free")

That was good preparation for when I later heard his version when he hired and worked with the London Philharmonic:

I love the way he works a little bit of his signature angst with an electric guitar in front of a symphony in his solo between 2:30/3:00

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 27, 2013 - 11:43am PT

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Apr 27, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
My favorite albums, in order, with favorite song on each album are:

Freak Out! - Trouble Comin Every Day

Zoot Allures - Wonderful Wino

Joe's Garage Act I - Joe's Garage

Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar - (Title Cut)

Weasels Ripped My Flesh - "Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue"

Sheik Yerbouti - Flakes

A good friend of mine did the album cover for Jazz in Hell, in fact I'm having dinner with him tonight.
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