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 Posted: Mon Jul 15th, 2019 12:53 pm
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Spatulapup wrote: Frank Zappa. I enjoy watching interviews with him because he was a well spoken smart guy. But his music is horrible. I have tried to give it a chance but I just can't stand it. I have watched live footage and I can't believe people would find it entertaining. Very cool guy though.
Zappa is probably my favorite personality in music.  Brilliant guy and his testimony to Congress as part of the PMRC censorship hearings is just outstanding, required reading for all.  All of his interviews are fantastic.  I've watched hours of them on YouTube.  It's sickening what his family has done to his name because everything he believed in was the antithesis of what's happening now.   

That said, most of his music is very experimental and avante-garde and hard to get into.  It mostly defies genre, although some of his stuff is more clearly defined as jazz fusion and is quite good.  When playing it straight, most of his compositions are pretty brilliant even if you don't like them.  But he enjoyed just doing weird and goofy things more.  I have most of his albums on iTunes and mostly only stop to listen to a handful of them now.  I can definitely see a lot of people wondering what the hell half of those songs are.  But that was the charm of Zappa.  He really didn't give a fuck if you understood his music or not, and he still managed to achieve mainstream success.   

This thread was great before AA ruined it.