Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Other Ones: Zappa

Over my 35 years, there is no single band that I have been more devoted to more than the Grateful Dead. There have been others though over time that have come close though. Typically, I listen to one band at a time. Don't know why, but I just do, and almost always have been that way (It could be worse, my 1st college roommate only listened to ONE SONG at a time. Remember "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers? I still cringe when I think of that nightmare!)

Thanks to the magic of my favorite website, you guessed it, Youtube, I have been able to explore some of my old favorites recently. Overall, I've always loved bands that have been a bit off center, those who employ a variety of styles, who are typically underappreciated, who advance and evolve over time, and who are phenomenally talented. For a couple years in the mid-nineties, I dove into the brilliance of Frank Zappa. Like The Dead, the best Zappa was live Zappa. I've always felt that Zappa and Garcia were two of the most underrated, finest improvisational guitarists in rock history. Zappa also had a bizarre sense of humor that is almost unmatched in rock history.

It had been years since I had listened to Zappa last, but after checking out some Little Feat on Youtube (who I will feature next), I thought I would see what they had from Zappa, and the collection there is outstanding. I owned alot of live-Zappa on tape, but never saw him live. At least I can enjoy him now. So sit back and enjoy one of my Zappa favorites, Florentine Pogen:

6 Comments:

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Paticus said...

Wow !! Thanks for an afternoon Zappa fix. I was lucky enough to see him live once. 1988 at Farleigh Dickinson University in Jersey. It was during the PTL Scandal and he did a whole riff on evengelists I seem to remember there being a snippet of "Lucy was A Hooker With herpes" sung to Luicy In the Sky With Diamonds. And version of Stairway to Heaven with the guitar solo played by the horn section(another version is on "The Greatest band You've Never seen In Your Life", I believe). Zaappa was a genius.

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger John said...

Yeah,
I saw Zappa in Sydney in 1975 and he blew me away. I've been getting back into him myself probably because of the story in a recent issue of relix. The guy was a genius and a complete one off. When I heard him for the first time my first thought was "this is what a rock guitarist is supposed to sound like". I went out and got all of his records after that night.

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Susie Creamcheese said...

Ohhh! Frank.

Love Susie

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Ben said...

susie creamcheese?!?! Sweet! Thanks for stopping by :-)

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous august west said...

Another classic example of FZ's guitar prowess. Couple his guitar mastery with his absulutely whack compositions and behold "The genius of freak".

Loved that he played an SG = Badass axe.

Sweet Blog Ben

 
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