Frank Zappa - A Low Budget Discography
Russell Anixter

Private printing
32 pp, stapled, 28 x 21,5 cm

"Low budget discography" compiled by Russell Anixter for radio station in New York City, WBAI, "that WBAI could give away to people that pledge a certain amount of money towards their fund drive".

Russell Anixter @ Art of Sound Music
24 Hours Zappa tribute on WBAI-FM 99.5 New York


I am a freelance music copyist and composer, and I had written music for some radio plays that Jim Freund produced for radio station WBAI in New York City. Jim came to know through the music that I wrote that I was both a fan of and d by Frank Zappa. On Christmas Day, 1993, Jim asked me if I wanted to be part of a 24 Hour (or longer) Frank Zappa tribute during one of their fund raising drives. Well, I thought about it for a few days. I had never played in Zappa's band (I sometimes play the trombone), and I had never even met the man, so what could I do that's fantastic?

Two modest accomplishments of mine immediately come to mind. The first one being that I have never had a McDonald's Hamburger of any variety; and the second one is my collection of Frank Zappa Record albums. (OK, so some of the stuff is actually on CD, and there are probably a few bootlegs that I haven't found yet, and I never bothered to get a copy of Mothermania!) With this in mind I decided to "Whip Out" a discography that WBAI could give away to people that pledge a certain amount of money towards their fund drive, and I could contribute something in addition to playing the Texas Motel Medley over the radio.

The listings of songs, musicians and instrumentations are intended to be as they appear on the records. My apologies for any misspellings that are my fault. I noticed some spelling inconsistencies of song names and musicians among the 68 albums in my collection, and running this file through the spellchecker was a real adventure.

Perhaps someday I can explode this project into a real book or collections of essays about the music of Frank Zappa. For now, l would like to share one story that some record collectors may find familiar. By 1985 I had every Zappa album to date except Lumpy Gravy. I had been searching the entire San Francisco Bay Area for 4 years before I found an acceptable copy with the cover intact for fifteen dollars. A few months later, Lumpy Gravy was released on CD.

Russell Anixter,
January 1, 1994
New York City

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