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The Mothers Of Invention – The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet

What can be said about the ending track from The Mothers debut album ‘Freak Out’ (1966)?* It’s a beast of breakbeats, wailing, and tape cut up’s that predicted Krautrock, among many other avant-rock “styles”, ahead of time. It can be easy to forget how important Frank Zappa was after all of those years of guitar solo albums and Rock n Roll cynicism, and now and again we need a reminder of his importance.

*Which, incidentally, was the very first ‘Rock’ double album


The Mothers Of Invention – Trouble Every Day

Classic R&B from the Mothers first album, 1966’s ‘Freak Out’. Like their album ‘We’re Only In It For The Money’ that we posted a few days ago, this song is as relevant now as it was when it was released.

The Mothers Of Invention – Go Cry On Somebody Else’s Shoulder

Doo-Wop parody from Frank and the boys; this is from their debut, 1966’s ‘Freak Out’.

The Mothers Of Invention – Who Are The Brain Police?

Frank Zappa would have been 75 today. We pay homage to this with a track from The Mothers very first album, 1966’s ‘Freak Out’.

The Mothers Of Invention – You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here

Sneering pop parody with a psychedelic twist from Frank Zappa and co.
This was from their first album ‘Freak Out’ (1966), which coincidentally was the first double album ever released in the ‘rock’ idiom.

Frank Zappa is up there with Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, The Monks and The Velvet Underground when it comes to significant figures in the underground music scene. Without these names we may not have had other greats such as Faust, The Residents, Can, Kraftwerk, Devo, Pere Ubu, etc, etc (the list goes on).

A genuine classic; and funny too.

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