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d-know

Trad climber
electric lady land
Aug 26, 2006 - 09:54pm PT
uncle frank was off the handle. he's everybody's dirty uncle telling you dirty little stories your not supposed to hear.

i love all the silliness he puts you through to get you to the rippin' guitar licks.

genius.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Aug 27, 2006 - 01:00am PT
Give me your dirty love.
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 27, 2006 - 01:05am PT
"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."...

You make a very valid point with this one... And you are correct in your thinking... I stopped listening to Zappa at a certain point in time and never gave him a chance after that... I may have to look into his later work... I love jazz and if he ventured into that arena, who knows??? I may like it...

I will restate what I wrote earlier...

I do not particularly like Zappas earlier works and quit listening to him all together way back when...
cintune

climber
Penn's Woods
Aug 27, 2006 - 01:48am PT
Maybe you might like the instrumentals better. Watermelon in Easter Hay; Zoot Allures; We Are Not Alone; Apostrophe. Tip of the playlist iceberg, but for starters anyway.
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:03am PT
"Maybe you might like the instrumentals better. Watermelon in Easter Hay; Zoot Allures; We Are Not Alone; Apostrophe. Tip of the playlist iceberg, but for starters anyway."...

Thanks for these suggestions!!!

I will look into it... Our nifty little CD shop out this way actually has a decent assortment of music and of course can order whatever is available...
agent k

climber
currently Berkeley CA
Aug 27, 2006 - 03:50am PT
Evelyn, a modified dog
Viewed the quivering fringe of a special doily
Draped across the piano, with some surprise

In the darkened room
Where the chairs dismayed
And the horrible curtains
Muffled the rain
She could hardly believe her eyes

A curious breeze
A garlic breath
Which sounded like a snore
Somewhere near the Steinway (or even from within)
Had caused the doily fringe to waft & tremble in the gloom

Evelyn, a dog, having undergone
Further modification
Pondered the significance of short-person behavior
In petal-depressed panchromatic resonance
And other highly ambient domains...

Arf she said

agent k

climber
currently Berkeley CA
Aug 27, 2006 - 03:50am PT
I hear the sound of marching feet, down Sunset Blvd to Crescent Heights, and there a Pandora's box, we are confronted to vast quantities of plastic people.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 27, 2006 - 10:03am PT
Lockn00b. I have over 100 Zappa cds, if you want to hear some.
Voltzwgn

Trad climber
Sac CA
Aug 27, 2006 - 12:24pm PT
You might try listening to Strictly Gentel, I think it's a nice intro to another side of Frank's music.
d-know

Trad climber
electric lady land
Aug 27, 2006 - 01:50pm PT
"ripped off her bloomers stiffend my thumb
and applied rotation on her sugar plum.
i poked and i stroked 'till my wrist got numb
and i still didn't hear no dinah-mo-hum"



shut up and play your guitar. 3 cd's of zappa guitar madness and not a word is sung on any of the tracks.

tho i always love to hear what uncle frank had to say.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:11pm PT
Can you think of any other musician who has inspired more names for routes than Zappa?

Hendrix, maybe, maybe not!

Bob Candelaria (spelling?) named routes in Colorado from lines from Zappa songs. Like "Brownies in the Basin".
I always wanted to meet Bob.
ha-ha

climber
location
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:22pm PT
You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.

 Frank Zappa
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:29pm PT
Blitzo worte:

"Lockn00b. I have over 100 Zappa cds, if you want to hear some."...

that would be cool Billy... Sure thing!!!


I see above someones handle is "Agent K"... Is that the distant cousin of "Agent Kream" or is it a coinsidence???... Or something to do with Zappa???...
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:34pm PT
"A breast without a nipple is just a lump of fat!"
Frank Zappa
ha-ha

climber
location
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:43pm PT
one of my all-time favorite nuggets of wisdom...

"Try to imagine what the opposite of loneliness is. Think of it. Everyone in the world loves you? What is that? Realize you are in isolation. Live it! Enjoy it! Just be glad that there aren't a bunch of people who want to use up your time. Because along with all the love and admiration that's going to come from the people that would keep you from being lonely, there is the emotional freight you have to bear from people who are wasting your time, and you can't get that back. So when you're lonely and all by yourself, guess what you have? You have all your own time. That's a pretty good f*#king deal. Something you couldn't buy any place else. And every time you're out being sociable and having other people be "nice" to you so you don't feel "lonely," they are wasting your time. What do you get for it? Because after they're done being nice to you they want something from you. And they've already taken your time! Loneliness, once you've come to deal with it so it is not an uncomfortable sensation, so it doesn't feel like drowning or something, is not a bad deal. It's a good deal. It's the next best thing to solitude. I'm not talking solitary confinement. Solitude. If you're sensitive to loneliness, you're going to be in trouble, because then the loneliness turns into something really painful, a horrible depression and then you die. One way or another, you just die. So who needs that sh#t?"

(from a 1986 Zappa interview in Progressive magazine)
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 27, 2006 - 02:48pm PT
So true!
agent k

climber
currently Berkeley CA
Aug 27, 2006 - 07:00pm PT
No locker, I'm an entirely autonomous entity. In my book, agent K is the character played by Tommy Lee Jones in "Men in Black".

Now: what's this Agent Kream? A human? A program? Has it something to do with Suzy Creamcheese?

Truly yours, Agent K
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 27, 2006 - 07:19pm PT
Agent K,

No "Agent Kream" is actually me... I used it (And everyone of course always knew it was me so that in it's own right made it even more stupid and funnier...)... to "out" Lois/LEB... It was a "Code system" and she passed with flying colors...(I think)...

thanks for clearing that up by the way...

I was just curious...
Jonny D

Social climber
Lost Angelez, Kalifornia
Aug 31, 2006 - 03:06am PT
Baby snakes playing in Santa Monica tonite!!

http://www.americancinematheque.com/archive1999/2006/Aero/ModsandRockersAero2006.htm#BABY%20SNAKES
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Aug 31, 2006 - 09:30am PT
Locker mentioning Johnny Winter made me think of a concert I saw around '87 in Dallas. As is popular today, they converted a bunch of warehouses into a shopping mall setup and they had a sort of stage area in the middle. Johnny Winter is on the bill for their Monday night summer concert series that featured bands from the 70's. I was working 12x7 at the time and we went to every one of those concerts. I like the dude's music, but I figure Johnny W. has to be one of the ugliest human beings alive, not to mention he'd passed his prime about 20 clicks back. So we're drinkin' beer and enjoying the music when I get an elbow from my buddy. He points ahead to a spot in front of the stage. There's a chick (very attractive) there on some guy's shoulders and she's FLASHING her tomatoes at Johnny Winter up on stage!

The power of music...

RIP Frank.
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