I Come From Nowhere — Zappa or Zoloft?

Are you sad? Take a pill. Stressed out? Take this pill. Depressed? Take that pill. Did Zappa envisage the present-day mass marketing of drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil — drugs designed and marketed to modulate your brain chemistry and intended to make you less depressed, more sociable, more happy at work; aimed at altering your mood or “changing” the way you think, feel and act: with over tens of billions of dollars in annual sales and 35 million users worldwide — when he composed the song “I Come From Nowhere“?

According to The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA):

Listening to music for at least 20 minutes each day can help slow down your heart rate and other body functions and can help you deal with the root causes of depression, such as anger, frustration, sadness or anxiety.

I don’t know about you, but not only does 20 minutes of Frank Zappa each day do good for my bodily functions, but the image of that pussy in headphones alone brings a smile to my face…

9 Responses to “I Come From Nowhere — Zappa or Zoloft?”

  1. bernard says:

    Music = healing force of the universe. For sure.
    FZ broadens minds.
    Just visit various sites or read texts on Albert Ayler’s composition ( 1969,, I believe) OK, it’s not his best composition, however still valuable.
    For instance :
    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=11791
    http://www.ayler.supanet.com/html/music_is_the_healing_force.html
    http://www.dustygroove.com/item.php?id=mt3qrb7n77&ref=browse.php&refQ=cat%3D5%26amp%3Bformat%3Dlp
    A powerful rhythm section of Bobby Few on piano, Stafford James and James Folwell on bass, (Folwell on electric fender bass), and Muhammad Ali on drums manage to take a backseat to the prominent vocals of Ayler’s business associate and girlfriend Mary Parks, listed on the record as Mary Maria. Her emotional vocals are featured on “Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe,”
    Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe was reissued for the first time on CD by Verve in March 2003.: http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/artist/releases/default.aspx?pid=10769&aid=2790

  2. bernard says:

    Further step on this line:
    http://streamsofexpression.blogspot.com/2007/01/music-is-healing-force-of-universe.html

  3. Frank B. says:

    I watched this clip also, but i thought this is too wired for most of
    the KUR fans. I’m realy surprised to find it now here.
    I’ve found yesterday this other clip, so if you like to see a new interesting way to play guitar, have a look and have fun:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=z7Kv2CX__EU
    Best regards
    Frank B.

  4. urbangraffito says:

    Given that Eli Lilly first filed for patents for compounds in 1974 (something I’m certain FZ was fully aware of, being anti-drug) which eventually would be turned into Prozac — his composition of a song (in 1982) about legions of smiling, happy people who stand around and do nothing isn’t too surprising.

  5. Hank Peters says:

    Anyone else see a nipple?

  6. urbangraffito says:

    ZappaKadabra! Frank’s nipple at 4:34 (now lock up your sons and daughters).

  7. xorg says:

    Live in rooms full of light
    Avoid heavy food
    Be moderate in the drinking of wine
    Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
    Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
    Change surroundings and take long journeys
    Strictly avoid frightening ideas
    Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
    Listen to music.
    ~A. Cornelius Celsus
    [Medical encyclopaedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a landed gentleman. He wrote the six-volume De Medicina (c.30AD), a compilation of received wisdom about diet, pharmacy and surgery in early Imperial Rome. In De Medicina, Celsus describes "anodyne pills" that alleviate pain by inducing sleep. Anodyne pills were prepared by brewing opium poppy and then mixing it with wine].

  8. jim says:

    Almost lost my mom to a Valium prescription; she was two cunt-hairs & a blink from suiciding when her inner fridge light sparked up & saved the day. She flushed the shit & didn’t look back.
    I lost my oldest closest friend to Anti-Dep’s, probably forever — just couldn’t be around his morbid cheeriness while I watched him piss himself away anymore. Hope he got clean. But the odds are against him.
    War On Drugs my fucking ass.

  9. urbangraffito says:

    When did any of these so-called “legal” drugs actually ever cure anyone? I’m starting to agree with others that mental illness is a myth dreamt up by psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies to insure profits over health. Seen too many folks turned into “Nowhere People” or lost them to side effects or suicide.