Here is a group for us to share the songs we would like to hear Dweezil play live in DZPZ and maybe why we would like to hear them played. Lets try to be a little more original than Watermelon here folks...
Since we have entered into the post-WIEH era of DZPZ, there are two songs that I would love to hear. This might be a little harder with the current makeup of the band, but I would love to hear 'Stevie's Spanking' and 'Sleep Dirt'.
Some more.... Finer Moments... to go along with the Roxy Material. The curiosity of the many roads that lead to Inca are all over this one. I can only wonder how many roads were traveled from the time of this recording in May of 1971 to when Frank metaphorically opened said Old Curiosity Shoppe when he mastered the Finer Moments tapes in June of 1972. Ponty would soon join FZs band, Inca would develop. I would expect there are far more items in the shop than what we first hear in an early recording of Inca Roads that appears on The Lost Episodes. While a number of fans do at times point to a number of early development motifs to Inca Roads I find it a bit puzzling that The Old Curiosity Shoppe has not gotten it's deserved attention.
The barking tone of FZs guitar, Ian Underwood' Solo and the drumming of Aynsley Dunbar. This has me thinking that this would be a wonderful exploration for ZPZ. The more I listen to Finer Moments, I am hearing some arrangements that are quite suitable for the current touring lineup. Unfortunately I never got a chance to hear FZ perform live in that early 70s period. If Dweezil and the band could so please to open The Old Curiosity Shoppe, that would be one amazing journey down an early road to Inca. Seemingly FZs concept was not for this composition to become an antique kinda place. He was chissleling away. One popular item of the times was Chariots Of The Gods. It's was seemingly about imamgination of how to get there and not just an old tape collecting dust. It took quite a number of decades for the Officfial release, but it was in the can so to speak. It's another look into the many roads to Inca.
Also interesting would be the (first?) incarnation of Inca Roads with lyrics as sung by Sal Marquez in Australia 1973. The melody is essentially what ended up on One Size Fits All, but it features some jazzy chord changes, and is played in a relaxed almost jokingly laid-back style (a la America Drinks...). It sounds at first listen as an entirely different song, but, as said, the melody is what we know. The harmonies are just way, way different. Interesting choice that Zappa eventually retained the melody, and went for a groovy beat with just a one-chord background (setting the stage for one of his many solos on the "secret Frank Zappa chord progression", C-D-C-D etc. - perfect for the C-lydian mode).
.....Enigmas 1 Thru 5 from Finer Moments is an exciting number. Just the kind of Frank Zappa composition that will give Ryan Brown and various excelent musicians using percussion samples, (that can be perfpormed by Chris Norton and Scheila Gonzalez), a workout.
In some locals their are some folks that have the audacity to make jokes of how ZPZ will perform Frank Zappa works sans the physical marimba. Time and time again Frank Zappa used samples in both live and studio works. While the clouds did open up when Ruth Underwood had barcus berry's drilled into her marimba there are quite a number of performances where the sound is more important than what can or can not fit into the tour van or the orchestra budget.Some of these jokes make it look like some supposed fans are not even in the ballpark of understanding how Frank composed. Not only do I love Frank's use of percussion but I have no problem with a keyboard player or two performing multiple percussion parts. I would like to hear some of FZs compositions that focus on percussion. In speaking of ZPZ performances, surely The Black Page has had it's fair share of stage time, but I am hoping for a different kind of finer moment so to speak........