Sunday, June 8, 2008

Advice: Don't Eat the Yellow Snow


Frank Zappa: Don't Eat the Yellow Snow


Always a man on hand with some sage advice, was Mr Zappa! Surely the best we'll get all week?

And below is some more counsel he had for us.

Zappa on music:

"The Ultimate Rule ought to be: 'If it sounds good to you, it's bitchin'; if it sounds bad to you, it's shitty'. The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don't like. American radio listeners, raised on a diet of_____ (fill in the blank), have experienced a musical universe so small they cannot begin to know what they like."

"You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."

Zappa on nightclubs:

"A wise man once said, never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment."

"Anyone who is disturbed by the idea of newts in a nightclub is potentially dangerous."

Zappa on religion:

"Beware of the fish people, they are the true enemy." (At a pro-choice rally in around 1989)

"My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can."


"When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else." (see the picture above for more on this!)

And did you know that the town of Bad Doberan in Germany has held an annual 'Zapparale', or Zappa fest, since 1990? Berlin even has a Frank-Zappa-Straße. Or that he has had genii of fish, jellyfish and snail named after him...and an asteroid too? An honour indeed!

Music trivia: The infamous Deep Purple track Smoke on the Water is about the 1971 fire at the Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert in Montreux, Switzerland.

Visit the Wikipedia page on Frank Zappa for a more thorough history lesson, as it is chock full of information!



Matt said...

Well, there goes my first post! Great mind think alike, it seems!

I'm glad you posted it, though. You did a nice job. Uncle Frank gave enough great advise that, I have a feeling, there will be another couple of tidbits coming this week!

Also...My older brother actually had a patch on his snowmobile suit that carried those words. I have a feeling it wasn't a licensed FZ product, but hey! still pretty cool.

Divinyl said...

Lol...did you find the 'secret' content?

Matt said...

Ha! I missed that the first time through this post... Kind of like a Zappa song - Little bits that you didn't hear the first time keep you coming back for more.