Where’s Frank Zappa when you need him?

May 19, 2008

Boy, do I miss Frank Zappa.  Not only was he a self-taught genre-defying musical genius, he had an amazing sharp intellect and wit, and he had absolutely no patience or tolerance for blind obedience or censorship or, most pointedly, religion.   Who could forget “Dumb All Over”?   In this spoken word rant, he timelessly sums up American foreign policy with the observation that “the geeks over there don’t believe in the book we’ve got over here” and thus proceeds to describe how we must “rent a nice French bomb to ‘poof’ them out of existence”.  Or, better yet, in his gospel-tinged “Heavenly Bank Account”, he reminds us all of how the folks of the cloth “say grace while the lawyers chew” and “help put the fear of god in the common man” – all of which “makes it easier for them to screw all of you” – “them,” of course, being those shady suits seeking to procure and monopolize public office.

Sure, Frank was an arrogant, womanizing bastard, an obsessive compulsive sort to the Nth degree (I mean, he NAMED each one of this wife’s TOES, for Christ’s sake) – read Zappa by Barry Miles if you want a really great biography of the man that is not too sentimental, and yet isn’t a dry boring read either.

The examples of Frank’s heavy-handed, spot-on and timeless insight are endless.  Stay tuned – and go out and buy some Frank Zappa CDs, will ya?


4 Responses to “Where’s Frank Zappa when you need him?”

  1. Mardé Says:

    Thanks for that, Minds. I hadn’t known that much about Frank Zappa, but I’d heard about his kinda lovable wildness. My daughter Kate likes him too I think. I’d better get myself more in tune with what’s goin’ on, even with what has gone on. (Did the world pass me by?)

    Well, it appears you’re a kinda youngish person, Minds. Hey, it sure is wild that Frank had names for each of his wife’s toes. Sure beats “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, etc., etc.” when you can actually name the toes. He probably carried on conversations with them, who knows?

  2. Hmmm.. Interesting. But I think The Who made better music 😉

  3. Mardé Says:

    How about the Verdi Requiem?

  4. mindserased Says:

    Amrutha – if, by “better” you mean “more accessible”, then I would agree with you. I’m a big fan of The Who, also. Apples and oranges, though.

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