Zappanale (Then & Now) — DBRK

From the DBRK MySpace page:

DBRK is a Parisian collective of obedience “Fun First” composed of amateurs and professionals musicians. Real Cover Band, DBRK revisits the work of artists from the sixties to the eighties according to a basic principle: to explore each title must seduce each of the 9 members of the collective. It’s repertoire ranges from David Bowie to Frank Zappa, through Patti Smith, Bob Marley, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Joy Division, Jimi Hendrix, The Fall, The Wolfgang Press, Brian Eno, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Wire, Robert Wyatt, Martin Circus, Cream, John Lennon, Genesis, Nick Cave, etc… The commercial potential is not the main objective of DBRK, so do not you cross animating a wedding or a bar mitzvah, though… In a wink to Zappa, DBRK means: Delicious Band Research Kitchen.

In the first clip, DBRK performs a fantastic jazz-infused version of “Uncle Remus” live in Paris at the “Les Fils de l’Invention” FZ festival on July 5, 2008 (now my favorite version of this Zappa/Duke composition). In the second clip, they perform “Wino Man”.

Click here to catch up on the other goings on in Paris, in general, and in France, in particular (a pretty lively bunch of Zappa freaks, I must say). It’s entirely in French, so you’ll need to translate the page (use babelfish)

DBRK performed at ZAPPANALE 19.

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4 thoughts on “Zappanale (Then & Now) — DBRK”

  1. The first time I heard that part “I lost control of my body functions on the rollerheaded lady’s front lawn,” I almost died of laughter.

  2. I like the fact that there are so many bands covering FZ’s music in so many styles, everyone can choose his/her favorite, though I have to admit that this vesion of Uncle Remus is by far not my favorite.

    What I see is people/musicians full of emotions, making an emotionfilled version of this song – and this (as I see it) is what was always very far from Zappa himself. He played music, played it correctly, richly in texture, and did not want to enforce his emotions (through songs) to the listener.

    On the other hand sometimes its really moving to see how hardly FZ’s musicians worked/played on stage, how strongly they wanted to be perfect – ang how they had some REAL fun while playing music. But this is a different kind of emotion that I see above (I almost expect to hear here “oooh, baby baby, yeaaaahhh…” 🙂 )

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