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Just as many of his works, “The Jazz Discharge Party Hats” stylistically straddles the genre horse thoroughly. Zappa recounts an absurd and raunchy tale about a newfound practice some of his bandmates picked up on the road, “Once upon a time…in Albuquerque, New Mexico.” The lyrics are matter-of-fact, jaunty, and a bit crude, as is the incessant setting Zappa employs: the song is entirely in unison with Zappa strumming along to his affected and meandering vocal line, employing his signature “meltdown” vocal styling which can found throughout this album on classic tracks like “The Dangerous Kitchen,” and “The Radio is Broken.” This “meltdown” technique is a gray-area type of speak-singing, the two morphing into each other like hot wax, baring similarity to the Sprechstimme of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, but Zappa makes it entirely his own through a unison instrumental line which plays exactly the rhythmic and melodic contours of Zappa’s complex crooning (a transcription by Steve Vai can be seen here in all of its rigorous ligatures and tuplets). This inbetween of singing and speech is made, for me, much more interesting than Schoenberg’s initial explorations through Zappa’s signature callous and blunt delivery, the tonally drifting but strangely catchy melodic passages, the jazzy fills from the rhythm section, and the speech-like rhythmic treatment which gives these “meltdown” works a relatable air, despite their complexities and peculiarities

http://blog.nyfos.org/frank-zappa-jazz-discharge-party-hats

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