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05 February 2007



That Crossfire video is hilarious - of course, Zappa is the only lucid one there.


Thanks for this. Two things in particular stand out for me:

"doesn't it actually seem more disrespectful to Frank to do his music without even slightly tweaking the rituals of an Important Uptown Concert" -- Yes. Strangely, I had the same experience from the other direction when I checked out the Zappa Plays Zappa band last year. Technically spot-on re-performances of the "rock" stuff, with a lot of the folks who first played and recorded it, but in the end I wasn't sure what the artistic point was. I felt like I was in the "church of Frank" -- very respectful in its intent, but not very exciting. (Unlike the Grande Mothers, whose performances of the repertoire are usually charming as hell.)

"the fanatically demanding bandleader who never missed a chance to skewer his own pretensions along with everyone else's" – Yes, again. It’s a great point. I often find that Zappa's detractors fail to recognize the self-mockery in his work, and instead choose to read his satire as if it was only directed at others. In my view this aspect of Zappa’s work undercuts the criticism (which comes up especially when discussing the Synclavier period) that he was prone to making “cold” or “inhuman” art.

Mike Sherwood

Totally a non-sequitur. At my distillery, we created a cocktail to honor Frank and this song. It uses our Saffron vodka, which has notes of toasted cumin, coriander, black peppercorn, cayenne, ginger and saffron. We made a variant on a tequila sunrise.


Dies ist ein großer Ort. Ich möchte hier noch einmal.

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