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April 5, 2007 11:52 PM   Subscribe

Frank Zappa. Musical Innovator. Actor. Straight man. Dance Judge. Monkee.
posted by miss lynnster (30 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Don't forgot this Zappa/Monkees link.
posted by Ruki at 12:06 AM on April 6, 2007


Forget, even.
posted by Ruki at 12:06 AM on April 6, 2007


Not hard to see why the "Make Me Laugh" show (from the Straight man link) was short lived: with "humor" like that it would've been a wonder if anyone ever laughed.

Never really been a fan of his music, but Zappa was a smart and pretty admirable guy. An interview with him was almost always an interesting read.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:23 AM on April 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


Stairway to Heaven
posted by pruner at 12:31 AM on April 6, 2007


1963, Zappa plays bicycles. For me, one of his greatest conceptual/musical moments.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:49 AM on April 6, 2007


Towards the end of this Zappa appearance on the Tonight Show in 1988, he floats an idea about tearing down the Berlin Wall. A year and a half later, it happened.

Meanwhile, there's a statue dedicated to him in Lithuania. Sveikas!

All this from a guy with No Commercial Potential.
posted by SteveInMaine at 1:00 AM on April 6, 2007


Gawd that Dakotah bedspread is sweeeet.
posted by django_z at 1:13 AM on April 6, 2007


Rzzzzzz!
posted by Wolof at 3:24 AM on April 6, 2007


Rzzzzz!
posted by quonsar at 4:30 AM on April 6, 2007


Great googly-moogly!
posted by TedW at 4:55 AM on April 6, 2007


Don't forget FZ's influence on Vaclav Havel.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:19 AM on April 6, 2007


Thanks miss lynnster!

Frank was a very cool guy.
posted by nofundy at 8:26 AM on April 6, 2007


also a political activist of sorts. he was the only person to mention the real reason for the pmrc hearings in public.
posted by shmegegge at 8:27 AM on April 6, 2007


Hey flapjacks... did you look at the first and second link?

My personal favorite is the Dance Fever clip. Doris Roberts & that guy from the Waltons KILL me.

posted by miss lynnster at 8:44 AM on April 6, 2007


Every time I read the text of the PMRC hearings, I weep a little for the state of American Democracy.
posted by papakwanz at 8:59 AM on April 6, 2007


Nice post about my favorite musician. Previously.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 9:09 AM on April 6, 2007


My first post. (Yes, yes, I know. It was WAAAAYYYYY TOO LONG. I cringe at it now -- you live, you learn.)
posted by miss lynnster at 9:14 AM on April 6, 2007


I had forgotten how subversive and great the later Monkees episodes are. Now it's time to listen to Freak Out! Thanks for the post.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 9:25 AM on April 6, 2007


miss lynnster writes "My first post. (Yes, yes, I know. It was WAAAAYYYYY TOO LONG. I cringe at it now -- you live, you learn.)"

It was about Frank Zappa so all is forgiven.

Part of why I enjoy YouTube so much is specifically because it gives me a chance to see all of the Zappa video I never saw. Too bad the Zappa Family Trust is obsessed with re-releasing yet another 18 minute version "The Torture Never Stops" every six months *sigh* and still can't seem to release the Roxy and Elsewhere video. yeah, that is so stuck in my craw.

Nice post.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:02 AM on April 6, 2007


The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny was created by a man who never took LSD. Go figure.

While I am here I would also like to highly recommend Frank's live cover of I am the Walrus.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:02 AM on April 6, 2007


Put the cookie into your... Monkee hole? What the fuck, Frank?
posted by loquacious at 11:17 AM on April 6, 2007


> What the fuck, Frank?

A lot of the guy's output was WTF, Frank? Nevertheless I will live and die a Frankie idolater. I will, however, also always wonder what he might have accomplished if he had concentrated on just one of his very many very great talents. Is it possible to be so talented in so many directions that the genius-that-might-have-been can't get enough air time? Pointing to Lenny Bernstein, I say yes it is.

Too bad we couldn't have cloned the Z-person five or six times so there could have been one FZ to devote exclusively to contemporary-classical highbrow, one to just be the Big Leg Emma fratboy lowbrow, one to be the jazzman, one to be the freak-music rocker (Look On My Works, John Zorn, And Despair), one to concentrate on offending everybody in sight who's really asking for it (...it looks like just what they all need...) and so on.
posted by jfuller at 11:36 AM on April 6, 2007


loquacious writes "Put the cookie into your... Monkee hole? What the fuck, Frank?"

Was that in the YouTube video? (I can't watch it from work) It sounds like a reference to one of his songs "Tiny Sick Tears" (a bizarre cover of "96 tears").
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:49 PM on April 6, 2007


I didn't watch the clips, but I remember seeing him on Dance Fever when it originally aired. He would someberly rate the couple on their shoes, and things like that... I'm showing my age here, but I remember seeing him on that episode of the Monkees when it first aired. I was in the third grade, but I remember thinking that hippies were ever so cool....
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:17 PM on April 6, 2007


Hey flapjacks... did you look at the first and second link?

miss lynnster, you've known me long enough now to spell my name corectly! "cks" will NOT be tolerated! :)

Otherwise, I did start with the Miami Vice, but... I just can't handle Miami Vice. No matter who or what is making a guest appearance, for me that's just... well, it's just something I can't do. I'm gonna take a look at the 1st link, though, soon as I can extract myself from the grip of this enormous multi-tentacled beast that's trying to stuff me into a rocket ship and take me away to its planet for all sorts of hideous experiments.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:44 PM on April 6, 2007


Good ol’ Gore. I love how everyone forgets that. I keep getting an: “.....oh....yeah.” Whenever I mention the PMRC and Tipper and all that.
(Gore was polite and there are some who were big pricks about it - still, the thing got passed polite or no).

“No one has forced Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Gore to bring Prince or Sheena Easton into their homes.”

Yeah....I remember as an adolescent being interested, conceptually, of forcing Sheena Easton into my home.

I gotta say, it’s a darker world without Frank in it.
posted by Smedleyman at 3:48 PM on April 6, 2007


Yeah... you're right flapjaX. I apologize. As usual, I blame lack of coffee. And I thank you for spelling my name with both Ns. SOOOOO many people don't. :)

And the first link was just the same bicycle link you posted is all... the second link was part 2.

posted by miss lynnster at 3:53 PM on April 6, 2007


Arrrgh! I'm guilty of LWLOP! (Linking Without Looking at Original Post). Apologies!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:14 PM on April 6, 2007


(and Zappa, sitting in a chair not laughing, is pretty damned funny, I mean his humor is so arch and wry and they hit him with the sight gag prop comic schtick? Please, the man filled a giraffe with whipped cream)

Well, at least Diane won the luggage.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:00 AM on April 7, 2007


I don't consider Zappa a drug, he's really more like a kind of food.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 10:24 AM on April 9, 2007


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