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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:55 pm 
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I guess unusual Zappa song is a little bit of an oxymoron, but a few stand out from the others. Here is one:

It Just Might be a One Shot Deal- Waka/Jawaka


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:22 pm 
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Thing Fish, almost un listenable...but with some of my favorite music, kind like sweet & sour pork... :smoke:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:21 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:27 pm 
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Blessed Relief.

Its so un-Zappa, but at the same time an absolutely beautiful piece of music.

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There's plenty. But off the top of my head, I'd go with Jonestown...

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The Radio Is Broken - There is nothing else like this song on the whole planet.

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watermelon in easter hay

the reason i say this is because it sounds nothing like what you think FZ would play. if you were unfamiliar with his music and heard this track expecting the rest of his catalog to resemble this, you'd be disappointed.

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This is a hard one, because unusual/diverse is the trademark of Zappa. Rubber Shirt? - Although it's one of several xenochronous pieces, it has a pretty unique sound world with the beautiful "interplay" of bass and drums.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:24 am 
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watermelon in easter hay

the reason i say this is because it sounds nothing like what you think FZ would play. if you were unfamiliar with his music and heard this track expecting the rest of his catalog to resemble this, you'd be disappointed.

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i took the title of this thread more at "the weirdest of the weird" and less at "uncharacteristic". so for me the two titles that come to mind are debra kadabra (try playing this for a group of folks who've never heard fz or cb), and dio fa. dio fa sends shivers down my spine every time i hear it. in a good way.

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Yes, I agree with Sleepy about Dio Fa. It just KILLS me every time I listen to it........really loud on a rainy night with speeded-up clouds, in the basement. It's the only FZ song that is creepy.

I still think Calvin is pretty unusual.....

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Disco Boy wrote:
There's plenty. But off the top of my head, I'd go with Jonestown...


That was the first thing that came into my mind

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Weasels Ripped My Flesh?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:32 am 
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How about Lucille Has Messed my Mind Up? I know Jeff Simmons co-wrote it, but I think it counts, expecially since the version on Joe's is entirely different from the original.

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jaypfunk wrote:
when i think unusual i think the most un-zappa like. that's why i picked IMJBAOSD, because it has some much diverity in it, a country vibe, a yiddish accent etc... plus it sticks out like a sore thumb on whats a mostly jazz oriented record


That's a very interesting concept - i.e. what was the most un- Zappalike track?
How 'bout "Village of the Sun".

A sweet, nostalgic, personal song.

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Wild Love is a pretty unusual composition.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:54 am 
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jaypfunk wrote:
most of you are missing the real meaning of the word "unusual" here


Depends on the context.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:34 am 
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jaypfunk wrote:
zomby'sprog wrote:
jaypfunk wrote:
most of you are missing the real meaning of the word "unusual" here


Depends on the context.


like i said earlier when i think unusual i think non-zappa like. Wild Love is VERY ZAPPA LIKE!!


Agreed it's very Zappa-like, but the topic is ambiguous. I was going for unusual compared to non-Zappa music.

My vote for most un-Zappa-like by Zappa goes to Harder Than Your Husband. The vocals sound Zappa-like on the level that they are voices you know from other material, but short of that you'd have no idea that the person behind that POS was the most brilliant song writer ever. It's every bit as shitty as a real country music song.


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jaypfunk wrote:
GreenHocher wrote:

Agreed it's very Zappa-like, but the topic is ambiguous. I was going for unusual compared to non-Zappa music.

My vote for most un-Zappa-like by Zappa goes to Harder Than Your Husband. The vocals sound Zappa-like on the level that they are voices you know from other material, but short of that you'd have no idea that the person behind that POS was the most brilliant song writer ever. It's every bit as shitty as a real country music song.


HTYH is NOT a POS plus it is very much a parody/mockery song. Shitty? that's exactly what's it's supposed to be.


I agree that conceptually it's Zappa-like in that it's a parody, but musically it's got zero Zappa-likeness. And lyrically, while slightly Zappa-like in that it's supposed to be funny, those lyrics are not that far out for the genre it's making a mockery of. If that song came on a country station the average country listener would not think twice about it. I can't think of another Zappa song that could disguise itself so easily.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:12 am 
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jaypfunk wrote:
zomby'sprog wrote:
jaypfunk wrote:
most of you are missing the real meaning of the word "unusual" here


Depends on the context.


like i said earlier when i think unusual i think non-zappa like. Wild Love is VERY ZAPPA LIKE!!


Same here. But for some the context may be much larger, such as in comparison with whatever is 'normal' to them. The OP was rather ambiguous in this regard.

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