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OVER-NITE SENSATION

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.00 | 411 ratings

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tszirmay
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Crossover Team
5 stars In today's terms, this album's content both lyrically and musically would probably be seen as beyond childish perhaps almost embryonic! With so much outright vulgar music in the last few decades, this was a masterpiece of daring back in days where the Stones had to rename a song "StarStar" instead of "Star******" , where Roxy Music's Country Life album was ordered to cover up the nubile German models on the cover with dark grey plastic (which made the peeling off even more trepidating!!!) and in the end airbrushed out completely (no jerking off here) . So when Uncle Frank ,who already had a worldwide reputation as a sexual troublemaker bent on fighting (Goring) lack of freedom of expression in the still very prude USA, decided to drop his drawers and dish out "Dinah Moe Hum" , a Zappaesque vision of the "Battle of Epping Forest "or "Harold the Barrel", he showed courage and certainly foresight. In the early seventies, lyrics like "whipped of her bloomers and stiffened my thumb, applied rotation to her sugar plumb" or "I poked and stroked til my wrist got numb, but I still didn't hear no Dinah Moe Hum" was just so avant-garde , so daring, so ballsy. I remember clearly how some frustrated people called this porn rock !!! Well, "Dirty Love" was pretty blatant , what with the french poodle bit but , hey, sex, drugs and rock n roll where never better expressed than with the Mothers!!! But the music here was breathtakingly cinematographic, where coitus was sonically rendered with various percussives , Frank liberally deep throating his voice inducing "sweat on her upper lip area" , where Jean-Luc Ponty's slippery violin induced visions of orgasm and "I am the Slime from your TV set" was probably the gospel truth. This is his unabashed masterpiece mainly because it transcends all his other output, voyaged into illegal pleasures that no one else dared to attempt and made a musical monument to breaking down various barricades. All the musicians really shine though nothing is extended or even slightly proggy. Yes, pure genius. So "How 'bout you Fauna, ya wanna? " 5 dinamos
tszirmay | 5/5 |

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