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Zappadan Tuesday Morning… Here’s one for David Turecamo

…as mentioned in his comment. Thd Freak Out version of How Could I Be Such A Fool:

…and here is the Ruben and the Jets version:

Really Early Zappa: Any Way The Wind Blows

From the Freak Out album, where most of us heard Zappa for the first time. A satire on pop music of the 50s.

And one more from the same album (wow, was he ahead of his time! This was before the Beatles did Sergeant Pepper):

Who are the Brain Police

Zappa on the Music Business… a lecture:

On the 23rd of April 1975, Frank Zappa Lectured at the Gifford Auditorium, Syracuse University, along with George Duke and Captain Beefhart, about the Music Business and Music in general.

Fortunately it was recorded:

And here’s a song for the morning…

Can’t Afford No Shoes also from 1975 (from the last album made as the Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All):

Zappadan Starts TODAY!

In our coverage of Zappadan, we begin on the anniversary of Frank Zappa’s death, Dec. 4th, and we’ll proceed to the date of his birth, Dec. 21. We’ll be working sort of backwards, so we’re going to begin with Frank’s son, Dweezil, and his band playing one of his father’s numbers: Black Napkins.

Also… here’s Dweezil’s upcoming schedule for those of you wanting to hear him live.

Hello Friends,
We’ve been busy making touring plans for 2012. In the past the early part of the year has been downtime for us but not next year! We are happy to announce a special run of dates in February that take us up and down the west coast of California as well as a brief visit to Arizona. We’re excited to be playing some new cities on this tour and look forward to making the shows memorable for all of you.

         Fri  10-Feb-12   San Luis Obispo, CA   SLO Brew
         Sat 11-Feb-12 San Diego, CA  House Of Blues
         Sun 12-Feb-12 Tucson, AZ   Rialto Theatre
         Tue 14-Feb-12 Anaheim, CA   House Of Blues
        Wed 15-Feb-12 Santa Cruz, CA   Rio Theatre                                                                    
           Thu 16-Feb-12 Napa, CA   Uptown Theatre
         Fri 17-Feb-12 Chico, CA   El Rey Theater
         Sat 18-Feb-12 Sacramento, CA   Crest Theatre

In our continuing effort to present the variety and depth within Frank’s musical compositions we are planning to premier more new material on this tour. More 60’s, 70’s and 80’s FZ! Of course we still have a good amount of the well known classics we’re ready to whip out as well!
Please keep an eye open and an ear tuned for other special announcements about additional dates, new projects and music that is coming soon as well! If we are able to do everything on our list, 2012 is going to be a very busy year for us and a good year to provide the “World’s Finest Optional Entertainment”!

See you on the road very soon!


BTW: interesting fact about Dweezil c/o Wikipedia:

Dweezil’s registered birth name was Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa.[4] The hospital at which he was born refused to register him under the name Dweezil, so Frank listed the names of several musician friends. “Dweezil” was a nickname coined by Frank for an oddly-curled pinky-toe of Gail’s. At five years old, Dweezil learned that his legal name was different, and he insisted on having his nickname become his legal name. Gail and Frank hired an attorney and soon the name Dweezil was official.

We End This Year’s Zappadan with Dweezil…

…playing City Of Tiny Lights from the Zappa Plays Zappa tour:

I hope you have all liked our Zappadan coverage this year and we will be back with more next December 4th.

– Bill

Gracie Slick interviews Frank Zappa…

… sometime in the early 80’s.

– and –

Frank Zappa on London’s Newsnight in 1983

… and for today’s Zappadan music, here’s Frank on lead guitar with full orchestra in 1988 doing Watermelon In Easter Hay

Zappadan Info Page: The Frank Zappa Discography


Zappa by Jeff Wong

Freak Out! (July 1966)

Absolutely Free (April 1967)

Lumpy Gravy (December 1967)

We’re Only In It For The Money (February 1968)

Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (November 1968)

Uncle Meat (March 1969)

Mothermania (April 1969)

Hot Rats (15 October 1969)

Burnt Weeny Sandwich (December 1969)

Weasels Ripped My Flesh (August 1970)

Chunga’s Revenge (23 October 1970)

Fillmore East – June 1971 (August 1971)

200 Motels (October 1971)

Just Another Band From L.A. (March 1972)

Waka/Jawaka (5 July 1972)

The Grand Wazoo (November 1972)

Over-Nite Sensation (7 September 1973)

Apostrophe(‘) (22 March 1974)

Roxy & Elsewhere (10 September 1974)

One Size Fits All (25 June 1975)

Bongo Fury (2 October 1975)

Zoot Allures (29 October 1976)

Zappa In New York (13 March 1978)

Studio Tan (15 September 1978)

Sleep Dirt (12 January 1979)

Sheik Yerbouti (March 3, 1979)

Orchestral Favorites (4 May 1979)

Joe’s Garage (19 November 1979)

Tinseltown Rebellion (11 May 1981)

Shut Up ‘N’ Play Yer Guitar (11 May 1981)

You Are What You Is (September 1981)

Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (May 1982)

The Man From Utopia (March 1983)

Baby Snakes (March 1983)

London Symphony Orchestra vol 1 (9 June 1983)

The Perfect Stranger (23 August 1984)

Them Or Us (18 October 1984)

Thing-Fish (21 November 1984)

Francesco Zappa (21 November 1984)

FZ Meets The Mothers Of Prevention (21 November 1985)

Does Humor Belong In Music? (27 January 1986)

Jazz From Hell (15 November 1986)

London Symphony Orchestra vol 2 (17 September 1987)

Guitar (April 1988)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 1 (May 1988)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 2 (September 1988)

Broadway The Hard Way (November 1988)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 3 (October 1989)

The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (April 1991)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 4 (June 1991)

Make A Jazz Noise Here (June 1991)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 5 (July 1992)

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore vol 6 (July 1992)

Playground Psychotics (27 October 1992)

Ahead Of Their Time (April 1993)

The Yellow Shark (December 1993)

Civilization, Phaze III (December 1994)

Strictly Commercial (August 1995)

The Lost Episodes (February 1996)

Läther (September 1996)

7 bootleg albums rereleased officially with Zappa’s permission.

  • Electric Aunt Jemima (live ??/??/68)
  • Our Man In Nirvana (live 8/11/68)
  • Tengo Na Minchia Tanta (live ??/??/70)
  • Disconnected Synapses (live ??/??/70)
  • Swiss Cheese/Fire (2 LP; 2 CD) (live 4/12/71)
  • Conceptual Continuity (live 19/11/76)
  • At The Circus (live 9/78)


  • Announcing To All Disc Jockeys The All New Dynamic Duo (1 disc)
  • Frankie Boy (1)
  • Frank In Frankfurt (1)
  • Frank Zappa (1)
  • The History and Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
  • – 10 record set plus 30 page booklet featuring the records: Ultra Modern Stringbean,
  • Nifty, Ein Monster In Der Musikhalle, If You Get A Headache, Frank Zappa Vs. The
  • Tooth Fairy, A Token Of My Extreme, I Was A Teenage Maltshop, Petrouska, Zurkon
  • Music, Back On The Straight And Narrow
  • Indiscreet Picture Show (1)
  • Lectures (1) – soundchecks and alternate studio takes from 1979-1981 (?)
  • The Lone Ranger (2) – from the Lather set
  • Nice Concert Nice People
  • Pa’s Nose Fell Off at Breakfast. It Fell Right Into Ma’s Coffee and Displaced It (1) –
  • studio outtakes
  • Previously Unreleased (3)
  • Please Give Me A Home (1)
  • Realistic Dream (2)
  • Remington Electric Razor (1)
  • The Teenage Rockin’ Combo Concert (1) – Paris
  • The Teenage Rockin’ Combo Concert Vol. 2 (1) – Paris
  • Trick Or Treat
  • Twenty Years of Frank Zappa – 12 records + 16 page booklet: various from entire career
  • We Are The Mothers and This Is What We Sound Like (1)

And here’s a piece for today… MUFFIN MAN… live from Berlin in 1978:

Zappadan, Day #7: Frank sings and plays “Cosmik Debris”…

… about eight minutes of Zappa’s best.


…and you’ve been such a good audience, here’s an extra treat:

Jimmy Carl Black (The Indian of the Group) does Lonesome Cowboy Burt in 200 Motels: