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Frank Zappa

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993)

Frank Vincent Zappa (born December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States – December 4, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, United States) was an American composer, guitarist, singer, bandleader and producer. He was one of the most prolific musicians of his time, releasing over fifty albums of original material spanning over a thirty-five year career.

Zappa’s earliest influences were 1950s pop and rock (such as and ), and 20th-century classical composers including Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse. His output was divided between adventurous instrumental compositions and succinct, catchy rock songs with ribald, satirical, or comically absurd lyrics. On stage he demanded virtuosity and spontaneity from his musicians, and employed many performers who would later go on to achieve fame in their own rights. He directed and released a number of films featuring himself, his musicians and entourage, including 200 Motels and Baby Snakes.

His career started in 1955. His earliest recordings date from the mid-1960s, and include collaborations with his school friend Captain Beefheart. In 1965 he joined a bar-band called The Soul Giants, quickly dominating its musical direction and rechristening it The Mothers.

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  • OctoberFogGloom

    Love his music so much. <3

    28 Oct 9:04am Reply
  • avantish

    Everyone new to Zappa should start with the original Mothers of Invention = Fact!

    27 Oct 9:11pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    Everyone should start with joe's garage, sheik yerbouti, over nite sensation and apostrophe and if those don't do it for you then get the hell outta town!

    27 Oct 5:52pm Reply
  • Ashbad

    @AnaalForsage Hot Rats is easy listening jazz fusion in comparison with most of his early Mothers albums. If he thinks that Hot Rats is too technical sounding for his tastes, he's not going to like something like Absolutely Free any better

    24 Oct 4:49am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    @AlexMetallist Try his earlier stuff with the Mothers of Invention

    24 Oct 3:12am Reply
  • Ashbad

    if you think Hot Rats is "wankery" then you're not going to like any of his good albums, it's easily his best accessible album

    24 Oct 12:03am Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    Has potential but I find Hot Rats to be too wanky, what are his next best albums, preferably the less wankery based ones?

    23 Oct 6:23pm Reply
  • torymontana

    Hot Rats One of my favorite plates!

    23 Oct 3:16am Reply
  • Washtali

    So many amazing tracks, Doreen and Outside Now are what I'm feeling today

    19 Oct 2:39am Reply
  • RafaelGirotti

    zappa is love, zappa is life

    14 Oct 8:59am Reply
  • floatondc

    zappa is next level in general

    13 Oct 7:44am Reply
  • dyrp

    peaches en regalia is actually so next level even today

    18 Sep 8:32pm Reply
  • Ton87

    Her head was kinda flat but her hair covered that, she was a fine girl.

    17 Sep 9:46am Reply
  • suntzutang

    A little green Rosetta just does something right... Idk what it is in that song but it's its fuckin awesome

    17 Sep 2:29am Reply
  • mysmileisstuck

    We're Only In It For The Money, Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Ahead Of Their Time

    15 Sep 5:10pm Reply
  • Ton87

    LastOneStand: Over-Nite Sensation

    9 Sep 8:23pm Reply
  • LastOneStand

    Can someone recommend me for an album? Never heard him before

    5 Sep 12:21pm Reply
  • SabbathSatanic

    Fucking legend.

    25 Aug 1:01am Reply
  • ydinaukio

    Roxy by Proxy contains the best music ever written played by some of the best musicians of all time. Best album released this year, recorded in 1973. Incredible.

    24 Aug 1:51am Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    The sound on The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life is stunning. Way better than many studio albums. And of course the performances are stellar. Highly recommended.

    23 Aug 12:09am Reply
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