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Monday, April 13, 2009

No Redeeming Social Value

I've booked my ticket for Zappa Plays Zappa in Edinburgh in a month or so: indeed, a colleague and I have been carefully sorting out the travel arrangements which will enable us to get back from a union meeting in Birmingham in time for the gig. ZPZ is Dweezil Zappa's tribute to his father Frank: they play the music of Frank and The Mothers Of Invention, from pretty much every period of the band's long history. Frank's music is notoriously complex, so they need to be a highly competent bunch, and Frank was a legendary guitarist. Fortunately Dweezil has inherited all his Dad's guitar-playing skill as well as his band-leading expertise.

Let's have some videos. Here is Dweezil (solo) doing one of his first cover versions of one of his Dad's songs: My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama. (Sorry, Youtube won't let me embed it.) I saw Frank and the Mothers doing this one back in the late 60s at the Palace in Manchester. Dweezil's version is very different from Frank's, but still terrific: and the video is wonderful.

Then here we have ZPZ from a couple of years ago doing one of my favourite Mothers songs, Camarillo Brillo:

And here are the original Mothers, recorded by the BBC at about the time I saw them, doing King Kong:

I have to say the BBC's camerawork has dated far less well than FZ's music. Enjoy.


At 14 April, 2009 20:33, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Long radio article about Frank's wife suing people for playing his music without her permission. Z on Z is one of the few 'approved' performances.


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