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This actually has quite a bit merit though I'd probably have gotten You Are What You Is first if I could do it all over again ; it has quite a few great, GREAT melodies, a how to write a pop song parody rubric of neat sound effects that don't usually take total precedence over the music, and of course it has the concept and the accompanying lyrics.
Yes, this is the infamous total bashing of "Flower Power" and hippies in general, the one with the band in drag and the inside cover containing an elaborate Sgt.
Pepper's parody and all of that. The final nail in the coffin of the psychedelia ofif you will though by coming out in the second half ofits impact wasn't as timely as it could have been.
Before I start commenting on the concept, just as every single review of this album is seemingly required to do at some point, there's something I want to comment on that I don't think I've ever seen discussed.
Today, years after the release of this album, the fact that Zappa despised hippies is just taken for granted, and the reasons he gives for this are certainly very legitimate ones. I have to wonder, though; did hippies back in and have any reason to believe that an album like this was imminent from The Mothers of Invention?
I can't help but think that the situation was quite the opposite; Zappa had put so much energy into ripping on "conventional" American culture in his first two albums that I would think that many hippies would have thought they'd found a common soulmate.
After all, they were rebelling against their parents and elder authority figures and the culture that had sprung up from themthe same people which Zappa thoroughly condemned in his own unique way. In a certain way, it could have been perceived that Zappa and Flower Power hippies were sort of "brothers in arms," united in their struggle against The Man.
And yet, there's this album, which I suspect was an even greater shock to the hippie community than we today consider it to have been. The question is then this: The answer, I suspect, was largely tied in with the fact that hippies were making Zappa and his own fervent desire to bring down the establishment look bad by association.
It's the same sort of reason why, even though I like a lot of prog rock, I despise getting messages from people insisting that music is supposed to be judged solely on how complex and intricate and difficult-to-play it is. When I'm trying to get people into art-rock and prog-rock, as I have attempted on other pages on this site, I have done so with the intended goal of showing fans of "normal" rock music that they can indeed fit art-rock and prog-rock into their already-existing pallettes, and that you don't have to become a snooty technique whore to enjoy these things.
More than any other kind of comment for my site, I get absolutely livid when I read comments of this type, because in those comments is an inadvertant and incidental, but nonetheless very real, attack on my credibility as an art-rock lover among others whom I am trying to convert.
And so it was with Zappa and hippies; he was really trying to effect a change in society as a whole, but while hippies were ostensibly trying to do the same thing, most of them were just a bunch of lazy poseur brats who were merely looking for an excuse to get high and get laid.
Zappa had to make it as clear as he could that he did not consider these imposters as people on the same side as him; it was only true eccentrics like him, the "other people" that he refers to in the song "Mother People," that were the true revolutionaries, the ones who could actually pull off what it was he intended to accomplish.
Now that that little rant is over, I can get back to the album. The truth is, as much as I like it, I still don't feel like I like it as much I'm "supposed" to. As thorough an assault on hippies and by extension, all phonies, poseurs and hangers-on as it is, it kinda feels to me like the concept runs out of steam midway through.
I'm still not sure of the purpose of the whispering control-room voice threatening to erase every Zappa album as cool as it soundssince it's kinda difficult for me to figure what some sort of commentary related to censorship has to do with the album concept. I'm also not a fan at all of the closing sound collage, "The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny"; I do think it's amusing that Frank would essentially stick a parody of taking music too seriously onto the end of the album after asking around, I've found that at least the people I've asked think that the spiel Frank goes off about needing to read "In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka is totally tongue in cheekbut making it almost twice as long as anything else on the album was a bit much.
I'm also not a particular fan of "Absolutely Free" the second longest track on herewhich aside from the lovely piano introduction is alarmingly dull to my ears echoing voices saying "Flower power sucks! Now, that might seem like a whole lot of complaining I've given for an album I'm giving a grade as high as D, and to a large extent I agree; it's extremely tempting to go back to the beginning and change that D to a C.
On the other hand, there's a whole lot of parts to this album that I really love, and furthermore there's just some unexplainable power coming out of this album that I can't help but feel beholden to.
It also doesn't hurt, for instance, that not only are there a whole lot of melody snippets strewn throughout this album that I find unbelievably great, but that a lot of the lyrics and spoken passages strike my ears as absurdly perfect even after hearing them a zillion times.
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