The late rock star/composer/guitarist Frank Zappa (d. 1993) and weird twitter account dril aren’t for everybody but the people love them think they’re the pinnacle of their respective mediums.
Zappa did not live to see the instantaneous, random online world but one might imagine he would have thrived in it. By himself and with his band the Mothers of Invention, he released over fifty albums in his lifetime. I decided to describe them using dril tweets. If you can think of a better way, you do it.
It’s not a definitive list but that’s okay. Art is subjective. There is no God.
Freak Out (1966)
Absolutely Free (1967)
We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
Lumpy Gravy (1968)
Uncle Meat (1969)
Cruising with Ruben & The Jets (1968)
Hot Rats (1969)
Burnt Weeny Sandwich & Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
The title track to “Weasels Ripped My Flesh”, the second most inscrutable Zappa album.
Chunga’s Revenge, Fillmore East – June 1971, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, and Just Another Band From L.A. (1970-1972)
Video below: Zappa with his two fat sons Flo & Eddie on lead vocals
Waka/Jawaka & The Grand Wazoo (1972)
Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
Apostrophe (‘) (1974)
Video below: Zappa and the Mothers singing “Stinkfoot”
Roxy & Elsewhere & One Size Fits All (1974-1975)
Bongo Fury (with Captain Beefheart, 1975)
Zoot Allures (1976)
Zappa In New York (1978)
Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt & Orchestra Favorites (1978-1979)
Sheik Yerbouti & Joe’s Garage (1979)
Fan-made video for “Dancin’ Fool” from Sheik Yerbouti
Tinseltown Rebellion & You Are What You Is (1981)
Shut Up ‘N Play Yer Guitar & Frank Zappa: Guitar (1981, 1988)
Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (1982)
“Valley Girl” from Ship Arriving…, a duet with daughter Moon Zappa (his only Top 40 song)
The Man From Utopia (1983)
London Symphony Orchestra & The Perfect Stranger: Boulez Conducts Zappa (1983-1984, 1987)
Them Or Us (1984)
I know I posted that tweet already. Here’s “The Mammy Nuns” from Thing-Fish, the most inscrutable Zappa album.
Francesco Zappa, Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention & Jazz From Hell (1984-1986)
Does Humor Belong In Music? (1986)
Broadway The Hard Way (1988)
You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Volumes 1-6, Playground Psychotics & Ahead Of Their Time (1988-1993)
Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
The Yellow Shark (1993)
Video: “G-Spot Tornado” from The Yellow Shark. Zappa conducts the Ensemble Modern in his last public appearance, September 1992.
Civilization, Phaze III (posthumous, 1994)