December 21, 2022 Playlist

Happy Zappa Day!
Frank Vincent Zappa (1940-1993)
The "modern day composer" was born Dec 21st, 1940
The Mothers Of Invention "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" (1970)
The Mothers Of Invention "Weasels Ripped My Flesh"  1970 (USA)
Today is Frank Zappa's 82nd birthday! One of the first things I learned about Zappa was that his albums tended to have really strange titles like Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, and Burnt Weeny Sandwich, but none of his album titles is weirder than Weasels Ripped My Flesh! And the proto-punk album cover actually lives up to that title! Musically, this album also contains some of FZ's "weirdest" and most "difficult" pieces. The story behind this album is that in 1969, Zappa fired the entire band (then proceeded to rehire Ian Underwood and Don Preston for his next group rechristened simply "The Mothers"). But the original M.O.I. had tons of unreleased material from as far back as 1967 which filled the gap in 1970 with the release of the final "posthumous" Mothers of Invention albums Weasels and Weeny. These are important albums in that it was the first time Zappa began to freely weave together live and studio recordings by entirely different groups to create "fantasy orchestras playing music that transcends time" (well OK, the earlier albums Lumpy Gravy and Uncle Meat had a bit of that going on as well.) This practice continued for the rest of Zappa's career, arguably reaching it's pinnacle with the 12 CD set of live albums that intermingled and mashed together dozens of bands recorded over four decades.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
William ShatnerWhite Christmas (with Judy Collins)Shatner Claus2018Canada (Quebec)
James Brown (died on Christmas 2006)Soulful ChristmasA Soulful Christmas1968USA
James BrownI Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself)A & B sides of 7" single
(complete version from Star Time compilation)
Flaccid Mojo
(2/3 of Black Dice)
Straight ArrowFM (N)2022 (Castle Face)USA
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Break The ChainWorld Record (N)2022 (Reprise)Canada/USA
Trash Panda Go Kart Maybe Don'tMight As Well Sprouted The Third Eye (N)2022 (self released)USA
Black Lips The ConcubineApocalypse Love (N)2022 (Fire)USA
Todd Rundgren I'm Leaving Space Force (N)2022 (Cleopatra)USA
Soaked Oats Simple PleasuresWorking Title (N)2022 (Dot Dash/Remote Control)New Zealand
DISQ TightropeDesperately Imagining Someplace Quiet (N)2022 (Saddle Creek)USA
The Babe Rainbow Fantastic LandscapeThe Organic Band (N)2022 (Eureka)Australia
The Gatekeepers I Like The Strange Things
(featuring Renaldo M)
The Gatekeepers (N)2022 (Think Like A Key)(musicians from all over the world)
Richard Dawson The Fool
The Ruby Cord (N)2022 (Domino)UK
The Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa)Oh No
  --> The Orange County Lumber Truck
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
The Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa)Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas MaskWeasels Ripped My Flesh
The Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa)Little House I Used To Live InBurnt Weeny Sandwich1970USA
The Guess WhoWhen You Touch MeWheatfield Soul1969Canada
RushThe Analog KidSignals1982Canada
King CrimsonFrame By FrameDiscipline1981UK/USA
Sonny Sharrock BandKate (based on a theme by Kate Bush)Highlife1990USA
Billy CobhamSea Of TranquilityTotal Eclipse1974Panama/USA
James BrownHot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)Hot1976USA
Karlheinz StockhausenProzession (part 1)Prozession (1971 version)rec. 1971, rel. 1975Germany
The Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa)The Chrome-Plated Megaphone Of DestinyWe're Only In It For The Money1968USA
Elvin Jones M.E. (live)Revival Live At Pookie's Pub (N)1967 (2022 Blue Note)USA

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