About Group

This group was formed in dedication of what the Zappa guys have 'done to this planet' = ).

We can find bits and pieces of what an impact Frank and/or Dweezil have had on your lives in other sections of this site, but here we can hopefully share and discuss in how far their sonic entertainment, lyrics, attitudes or actions have hopefully influenced, encouraged or inspired you in a positive way.

No matter if a meeting has changed your ways, if the lyrics opened a new universe to you etc. etc... share!

We know Frank did not want to be considered a role model or idol because he understood it's a dangerous and unfortunate position always to stand on top of a crowd, but with followers who have understood respect for individuality and freedom of thinking, he may enjoy what good his art has left behind.

 

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  • Francoise

    I'm listening..? Where's your stories!?

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  • Michael Kenyon...aka, Dan-o

    Good times Mikey. The wall by the HS was covered with FZ stuff....we had some pretty good artists in our school

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  • L.o.u.i.s

    Hi, when Frank said Penguin in bondage, I became a fan. There was something new in America...

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  • Michael Kenyon...aka, Dan-o

    GMBG, I forgot about that FZ clip they used to play. He had a few others as well but I can't seem to remember them at the moment. WNEW would play the station ID clip of Frank saying, "WNEW -FM is da........rrrrrradio station" often right after the "don't do drugs" clip. thx for the reminder

    John, I hear ya my friend. Sometimes it's easy to let that philosophy slip a bit cause of all the crap we hear from those who run "our" country so I have to make a conscious effort to not to let "them" get me off track. Franks music and now this site, for me, really help to center myself.  It's a 1 way trip

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  • GMBG

    Back in 1971 or 1972, the major NYC rock station was WNEW-FM (great DJs who played whatever they wanted - Alison Steele, Scott Muni, Jonathan Schwartz -- people with real taste).  I still remember a public service commercial that Frank would do -- in essence, Frank, in his basso-profundo voice would say "Don't do drugs, they'll make you just like your parents."  It was a killer, we would laugh. Even then e knew that the had principles that he allied to his band (much like James Brown) and he would fire people who drank or did drugs if it impacted their performance (to whit: NMB was in and out several times).  The man had principles and music was serious business.

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  • John the King of Plookers

    @ the Bandit... well said and I've often said don't take life too seriously because no one gets out alive. Do what you want, do what you will, just don't mess up your neighbors thrill. A good philosphy to live by.

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  • Michael Kenyon...aka, Dan-o

    GMBG, rule 62 in the AA big book is, "don't take yourself so seriously" & it's something I strive for each day.

    When I 1st started listening to FZ (age 13) I had no idea who he really was from an ideological standpoint. A few years later, as I learned more about him, I was pleasantly surprised to find out  more and more what his views were. I wasn't buying all the BS that our society was selling & it gave me the confidence to take a more active/vocal stance on many issues to this day. It was tough growing up against the grain but it was nice to feel that connection whenever I listened to FZ's music...no matter what he was singing about.

    Francoise, I have no doubt that he would be more vocal than ever and maybe through his fans, he still is.

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  • Francoise

    What an impact he's had.... makes you wonder what positions and ideas he would take/bring across these days.

    I am pretty sure he would still not hold back and speak up about all the dirty bastards in the Bilderberg summit and explain very rationally what tends 2 get mocked as 'conspiracy theories'.

    Wouldn't you wanna have dinner with him & George Carlin once??? It would fry your brains 4 good, hahhaha.

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  • GMBG

    As a rabbi, I have always been an iconoclast.  I play rock and roll, I ride a motorcycle.I don't take myself seriously, but have been involved in very serious things.  From the time I was 12 and I first discovered Frank and his music (in 1968 - seeing him at the Garrick) there has been one abiding thing that I have learned -- it has become one of my mottos: YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND REVERENCE UNLESS YOU KNOW IRREVERENCE -- Frank taught me Irreverence and I am a damn good student.

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  • David McCain

    Thanks for the invite!

    The main way FZ influenced me was in my thought process for dealing with things that happen to us all in life. And as a result, this would lead one to have a fearlessness about oneself. . . .

    FZ always included his opinion in all sort of goings on in life but he was realistic about it. He didn't care if someone was successful in life or not. What mattered to him was human behavior and how it influenced human actions. And more often than not, he knew that most of what goes on in life is based on fear.

    For example, If something was good, then it was good. But if there was one bad element in life, FZ would provide an opinion on it but do it in a way that showed he wasn't afraid to talk about it. More than half of what we experience in life is based on fear. And Frank showed me that you DON'T have to fear anything. 

    Thnaks to Frank, I got out and voted. And played more guitar. And kept an eye on governmental figures. And learned to love libraries. And on. . .and on. . .and on. . .

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