1979 May 8-21
Vol. 10 No. 221
Frank Zappa: The Original Freak Strikes Oil as the Sheik
By Dennis Broe, pp 40-41
Deh words "Number 32 with a bullet" have a peculiah ring to dem.
At least they do in the case of Frank Zappa. Zappa's latest release, a double-album with a disco-parodic title, Sheik Yerbouti, is going where few Zappa albums before it have ever gone. In these days of rapidly escalating record prices, it's hard enough to break an album onto the charts that sounds even a trifle, well, out of the ordinary. (read more)
Ever since his honorary induction into the rock & roll Hall of Fame with his 1967 debut album, Freak Out, the name Frank Zappa has been associated with irreverence. His discography to date may very well rank alongside the collected works of such renowned cynics and social commentators as Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw and H.L. Mencken – all first-class upstarts in their own right. (read more)