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Frank Zappa Quotes

My correspondent Richard spoke in a comment yesterday about quoting Frank Zappa in a comment in an SNP blog. This set me thinking about the wonderful quotes that Mr Zappa was renowned for. Here are just a few.

Take the Kama Sutra. How many people died from the Kama Sutra as opposed to the bible. Who wins?

For the record, folks; I never took a shit on stage and the closest I ever came to eating shit anywhere was at a Holiday Inn buffet in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973.

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice – there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.

The creation and destruction of harmonic and ‘statistical’ tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consistent and ‘regular’ throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only ‘good guys’ in it, or eating cottage cheese.

Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.

The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn’t asked any questions.

Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How’s that for a religion?

There is no Hell. Only France.

There are many more quotes HERE HERE and HERE

The following clip is absolutely brilliant. Watch how Zappa wipes the floor with three reactionary old farts. “Do you think the founding fathers wrote the first amendment to promote this filth?” “The founding fathers kept slaves”


3 Responses

  1. Great stuff!

    I saw Zappa in the 60s at the Albert Hall. At one point he said to the assembled crowd of hippies, social deviants and wannebe somethings (I was in this category).

    “Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform.”

    He could certainly nail ’em.

  2. This made for great reading, and watching the video was time well spent.

    Quirky Indian

  3. Great stuff.

    I remember hearing an American radio interview with Frank circa 1968 – it was punctuated by an advert for the Beatles White Album due to be released that week –

    Advert – “The stunning New Album by the Beatles. Simply called ‘the Beatles’ – available in stores Friday”

    Zappa (incredulously) – the Beatles need to advertise ?? C’mon kids. The Beatles need the money. Get out to your local record store on Friday and give the Beatles your money

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