FZ On Nightmatch

Recorded August 25, 1985, here’s yet another classic Zappa TV appearance that takes us back to the days of the PMRC and “porn rock”. Part one consists mostly of introductory stuff, so let’s skip right to part two:

part three, part four (yes, there are four parts!)

18 Responses to “FZ On Nightmatch”

  1. bernard says:

    Not bad, indeed it happens to be a very political discussion, ie about the kind of society you want to live in. A basic choice for all of us.

    Democracy at work, at its best.

    And good to see that FZ participated in this. He argued, did not offend the other party.

    As for me ,after all those yeras in politics ( study centers, etc.) : what I truly dislike the most ( for society & my own children) is fanatics. Nationalists ( people believing that they’re better than the others), the extreme right ( the same + excluding all the others), in US religious fanatics.

  2. bernard says:

    OK, porn. Let’s focus on porn.

    Nothing more porn than bird songs.
    Male birds jst defend their territory against other males. That’s why they start singing.

    How to transcribe that into something human, human scores, for intance for piano?
    It’s
    http://www.oliviermessiaen.org/birdsongs.html

  3. urbangraffito says:

    The very first album I ever encountered with a warning label was Marianne Faithfull’s “Broken English.” I bought it for exactly that reason (great advertising, huh?). It also wound up being an excellent album, particularly the song for which the warning label was issued, ‘Why D’ya Do It’.

    Frank was correct in his assessment that American children do not read. Neither do Canadian children for the most part. We are living in a post-literate age where all of our information is gathered in fewer and fewer places (and more easily manipulated that way) by design. As a parent, the best thing I ever did was give my son the freedom to explore his world, and affect it as he sees fit to do so. It’s only an ignorant population that is made docile by poor information. In this day and age, it’s up to the individual to educate him or herself because neither the state or the school system will do it for you. If your parent is an idiot, you’ll probably be an idiot, too. One thing FZ and I have in common, though, is by being raised Roman Catholic, we were both relatively “mind-fucked” by the age of ten. Is it such a surprise how he turned out?

  4. Roland says:

    @bernard: You are so right: “OK, porn. Let’s focus on porn.”

  5. urbangraffito says:

    bernard, you need to read more porn. You, too, Roland. To suggest that there is nothing more porn than bird songs is simplistic at best. Porn is as complicated a human domain as any other, including music. Stretch those synapses, guys.

  6. Hugh says:

    I could listen to FZ confront these idiots all day long. His knowledge and debating skills were far superior to any he ever faced. Thank goodness for Frank during this time. Just think how badly someone like Keith Richards would have handled this situation.

    (disclaimer: I love the Stones . . . sorry Keith!)

  7. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says: