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The Mothers of Invention

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(1966 – 1969)

The Mothers of Invention were an American band active from 1966 to 1969. Throughout, their output was primarily directed by composer and guitarist, Frank Zappa (1940–1993). Their albums combined a broad span of genres and utilised diverse instrumentation. Their lyrics were generally humorous, with frequent style-parodies of contemporary music (with doo-wop love ballads endlessly lampooned), bountiful surreal imagery, cartoonish vocals and oblique, satirical protest songs. Their diversity and insincerity makes their classification difficult, but Zappa’s increasingly ambitious and compositions towards the end of the 1960s share many features of and music.

Zappa disbanded the original Mothers of Invention line-up in 1970 to create music under his own name, but shortly reformed an entirely new band sometimes known as “The Mothers”. This new incarnation had a strong vaudeville style and were much bawdier than before, with new vocalists Flo & Eddie, previously of the Turtles, taking the lead. After Zappa was pushed offstage in the Rainbow Theatre in 1971, he broke up this second band and concentrated on a jazzier style with a short-lived big band called the Grand Wazoo, but returned with a third lineup of the Mothers in 1973. This reformed group retained musical similarities to the previous group and the chamber music of the late ’60s Mothers, but with a tighter, funkier sound; George Duke’s soulful vocals being perhaps the most memorable addition.

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  • MisterJunior

    Why is this the only artist with an "I" in their name that I can't scrobble properly? If it's a problem with the way last.fm scrabbles "non-Latin characters" why doesn't, say, Interpol fuck up? Or Igor Stravinsky? Or any other artist with a capital I in their name?

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • KJHKB

    "most files have the mothers of invention listed as" sounds like tagging to me. Besides, I've been scrobbling them for over a year, never had any issues.

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    it's not about the tagging, dude........... -.-

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • KJHKB

    It's not that hard to re-tag your files.. Never had any problem scrobbling them

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    colossal f*ck-up

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • RubberSalad

    And it doesn't really help most files have the mothers of invention listed as "Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention" and last.fm doesn't recognize it as the mothers of invention.

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    i'm still not able to scrobble 'em.. -.-

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Avliva

    the mothers forever

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HerrSalami

    Well, I can scrobble them now.

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Tricksta_P

    Last.fm staff doesn't seem to care about this problem. File your complaint in this thread: http://www.last.fm/forum/21713/_/2214134/10 ...

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • fank19

    What the fuck is wrong with the scrobbles

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    is anyone able to scrobble the mothers?

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • mmmmlowell

    the mono version of freak out kicks serious ass

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • music_instinct

    Still mostly listed as Frank Zappa

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    nobody can scrobble this. fix system. [2] :O

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • glenharrup

    nobody can scrobble this. fix system.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rozhalmao

    Frank Zappa: El arquitecto de la musica moderna.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DrJoker7

    why this awesome and revolutionary music has so few scrobblings?

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Rainnnnnn

    @GadusMorhua any way you like ofcourse.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    GadusMorhua, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
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