While many focus on Frank Zappa, the composer, so very often Zappa, the songwriter, is overlooked. Perhaps due to the nature of Zappa’s lyrics, themselves, which often take direct aim at human sexuality, and sexual mores in 20th Century American culture – satirizing its norms, its values, its purported virtues of family, of home, of church. From the release of Freak Out onward, Zappa took direct aim with his songs, and his lyrics, at the foibles he saw and witnessed about him. No one and no thing was beyond the scope of his sardonic eyebrow.
In this mixtape, “Cheaper the Better – Lyrically Zappa“, I’ve gathered together, from multiple sources, well over 150 individual tracks – mostly from live field recordings by Frank Zappa and his various ensembles, others performed by various alumni, and still others from covers by exceptionally talented musicians and bands. As a bonus, I’ve added several songs as they were released as singles.
Click here to listen to the mixtape.