Zappanale 21 – ZAPPATiKA!

ZAPPATiKA! is a British-born Frank Zappa tribute band of international musicians who presently live near Amsterdam, Holland, that tour all over Europe playing their own original and very alternative music to live audiences, sometimes performing Frank Zappa tribute shows. Formed in the late 1990s by Keltik minstrel McINNES and bionic Indo-Dutch drummer BATTATUTTI – their intention was to perform Frank Zappa’s music and further develop and further modernize certain concepts and rhythmic and melodic principles contained in Zappa’s enormous catalogue of compositions as well as their own original compositions.

From United Mutations:

You get Zappa-inspired music, but it comes with beats, rhythms, samples and melodic patterns that one immediately connects to the contemporary dance scene. Imagine spun out guitar solos in a dance-remix version where the samples are taken from FZ’s catalogue. So, again, I have to say “Hmm…Interesting”, only this time I would really like to see it being played by a DJ for a dance audience. I like this. I hadn’t thought this would be my cup of tea, but I really like it.

ZAPPATiKA! is scheduled to perform at Zappanale 21 on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. Take a glimpse of this unusual band in the following three videos, “Bamboozled by Love” live in Manchester, UK, on March 21st, 2009; “Wonderful Wino” and “The Ballad of Leroy” both live at the Project 24 gig in the Q-bus, Leiden, The Netherlands on December 12th, 2009:


McINNES – lead guitars, lead vocals & arrangements
ZOMBY WOOF: rhythm guitar & vocals
BATTA-TUTTI – drums & other loud noises
BILLY BONGO – percussion & twiddly things
DOCTOR LAU – sequencing, keys, computers, sonology
THE KID – bass
DADDO – guitar
KE – violin

previous members

NICO-H – vocals, accordion & looking good

To listen to other covers and songs by ZAPPATiKA! go to their reverbnation page.

ZAPPATiKA! contributed a track to the “21 Burnt Weeny Sandwiches” tribute that got released on Cordelia Records in 2010.

ZAPPATiKA! will be releasing a CD of live Zappa compositions after their set at Zappanale 21 entitled, Strictly Frankly.

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3 thoughts on “Zappanale 21 – ZAPPATiKA!”

  1. Mmmmm, great name for a band. Funny names for the bandmembers. Nice to promote Frank’s music: the more the better. But as a leadsinger I think you need a……leadsinger. This is a guitarist who can arrange and is probably the motor of the band. But he’s no singer. Keep up the good work and find yourself a nice vocalist!!

  2. Yeah you are right Robin. A shame this band plays Zappa music. It is the most terrible thing to listen to.

  3. hhmm…dunno about that James….i think they have a good energy and the morer bands promoting Franks’music the better i say !

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