You didn’t think I could write a title like that, eh? Well actually I didn’t. It’s a term taken from Michel Delville & Andrew Norris, both living in Brussels, who have written a book on Zappa, Cpt. Beefheart and Californian freakdom entitled “Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Secret History of Maximalism”. Keep your dictionaries at the ready as I present you with a quote:
The vortex of Zappaâ€™s maximalism is a toilet, and here we see him seizing on a creative dÃ©tournement of the human body: the penis becomes a heart, a conflation of two organs of love â€” the literal and the symbolic are fused together in an anthropomorphic leap of imagination curiously prophetic of Van Vlietâ€™s later pictorial style with its Wellsian miscegenations.
I love the smell of Watsonian prose in the morning!