Monday, December 21, 2020

Muffin Man of the Hour: Frank Zappa 80

It's 9pm on December 17th, and I am preposting this because I am likely going to seek medical attention for my stuff in the morning and may not be around for awhile.

As you likely know, today culminates the feast of Zappadan, which begins the day of Frank's passing (12/4) and ends on the 21st with his birthday.

This year he'd have been 80, so it's a tremendous milestone.

There isn't much to say about this iconic figure that you wouldn't pick up from the beautiful recent documentary by Alex Winter.

If you haven't already seen it, I must recommend you do so enthusiastically and ASAP.

Outside of that, we have a magnificent share to commemorate the occasion, itself one of greatest FM broadcasts of the man in action, and presented here in the super-deluxe, beautifully repaired Zappateers definitive edition.

Frank Zappa
Sportpaleis Ahoy
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

01 intro & tuning
02 Chunga's Revenge
03 Keep It Greasey
04 Outside Now
05 City of Tiny Lites
06 Teenage Wind
07 Bamboozled By Love
08 Pick Me I'm Clean
09 Society Pages
10 I'm a Beautiful Guy
11 Beauty Knows No Pain
12 Charlie's Enormous Mouth
13 Cosmik Debris
14 You Didn't Try to Call Me
15 I Ain't Got No Heart
16 Love of My Life
17 You Are What You Is
18 Easy Meat 
19 Joe's Garage
20 Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
21 encore break 1
22 Dancin' Fool
23 Bobby Brown
24 Ms. Pinky
25 encore break 2
26 I Don't Wanna Get Drafted
27 The Illinois Enema Bandit
28 FM outro 

Total time: 1:47:28
disc break goes after Track 20

Frank Zappa - guitar & vocals
Ike Willis - guitar & vocals
Ray White - guitar & vocals
Arthur Barrow - bass
David Logeman - drums & percussion
Tommy Mars - keyboards 

Zappateers' best version of this legendary VARA-FM broadcast
680 MB FLAC/December 2020 archive link

I'm gonna try and rest now, and like I said don't be surprised if this is it for a bit.

If I do have to stay in the hospital and this is it for 2020, it's a good way to end. I will try, though, to do more if my health allows.

Aside from that, I wish total, perfect peace and safety to anyone reading this, and thank you all so much for being here. Here's to many more, and all the best holiday wishes wherever you may be. 💝--J.

12.21.1940 - 12.4.1993
FZ forever