Zappa Plays Zappa at the Wiltern 8/23/07 She Says
Unlike Bob, who is a fan of Frank Zappa's, I am a superfan. I am a devotee. I have every album, as well as imports and bootlegs, and I have played them over and over and over. Some people tire of his Foley-esque Edgar Varese-inspired noise explorations, but for some reason I always found the humor in them. And I'm not usually very patient with masturbatory jams. My friend Dez and I used to listen to Zappa records all day and call 1-800-pumpkin to ask them ridiculous questions. And they were always so patient, answering every single one of them. We were beyond obsessed. It bordered on Trekkieness.
I never had the opportunity to see Frank Zappa perform. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from tonight's performance. The song selections were definitely eclectic, from Apostrophe to Zoot Allures. I was disappointed by the extremely short medley from Absolutely Free. Son of Suzy Creamcheese slid straight into Brown Shoes Don't Make It and Plastic People. Usually with a medley, they at least do one full stanza and verse, but this was like "Absolutely Free in 3 minutes". The band soon went from this truncated medley to other extended dance mixes. Or extended tripping mixes. I was extremely pleased with Ray White's amazing performance. Although he was not the original singer, he was able to duplicate the sound flawlessly on songs like Willie the Pimp and Uncle Remus. And he can tear up that guitar.