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Frank Zappa (1940–1993)


Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an orchestral composer, innovative filmmaker, music producer... See full bio »

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Baby Snakes
Baby Snakes Composer
(1979)
Uncle Meat
Uncle Meat Composer
(1987)
200 Motels
200 Motels Composer
(1971)

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 2016 Everybody Wants Some!! (performer: "Sleep Dirt") / (writer: "Sleep Dirt")
 2016 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (Documentary) (performer: "Trouble Every Day", "Nasal Retentive Calliope Music", "Sex In Today's World Improvisation", "Plastic People", "Improvised Concerto For Two Bicycles, Pre-Recorded Tape And Musicians", "Mother People", "Teddy Bears' Picnic" (uncredited), "A Pound For A Brown On The Bus/Sleeping In A Jar", "Holiday In Berlin", "This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich", "Magic Fingers", "Penis Dimension", "The Air", "Dog Breath", "Cosmik Debris", "Approximate", "Dinah-Moe Humm", "Bobby Brown", "Tinseltown Rebellion", "When The Lie's So Big", "G-Spot Tornado", "Love Of My Life", "Advance Romance", "Sharleena", "Ionisation", "Let's Make The Water Turn Black") / (writer: "Trouble Every Day", "Nasal Retentive Calliope Music", "Sex In Today's World Improvisation", "Plastic People", "Improvised Concerto For Two Bicycles, Pre-Recorded Tape And Musicians", "Mother People", "A Pound For A Brown On The Bus/Sleeping In A Jar", "Holiday In Berlin", "This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich", "The Pleated Gazelle", "Magic Fingers", "Penis Dimension", "The Air", "Dog Breath", "Cosmik Debris", "Approximate", "Dinah-Moe Humm", "Bobby Brown", "Tinseltown Rebellion", "Pedro's Dowry", "When The Lie's So Big", "G-Spot Tornado", "Love Of My Life", "Advance Romance", "Sharleena", "Dog Meat", "Let's Make The Water Turn Black")
 2015 Roxy the Movie (Documentary) (performer: "Cosmik Debris", "Penguin In Bondage", "T'Mershi Duween", "The Dog Breath Variations", "Uncle Meat", "RDNZL", "Inca Roads", "Echidna's Arf (Of You)", "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?", "Cheepnis", "I'm The Slime", "Big Swifty", "Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church)", "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow", "Father O'Blivion" (uncredited)) / (writer: "Cosmik Debris", "Penguin In Bondage", "T'Mershi Duween", "The Dog Breath Variations", "Uncle Meat", "RDNZL", "Inca Roads", "Echidna's Arf (Of You)", "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?", "Cheepnis", "I'm The Slime", "Big Swifty", "Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church)", "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow", "Father O'Blivion" (uncredited))
 2015 Dolezal Backstage (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2015) ... (performer: "Bobby Brown")
  The Comix Scrutinizer (TV Series) (1 episode, 2014) (writer - 4 episodes, 2013 - 2014) (performer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Bonk's First Impressions (2014) ... (writer: "Help I'm A Rock")
- The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (2014) ... ("Dirty Love")
- Witch Doctor #0 (2013) ... (writer: "Nasal Retentive Calliope Music")
- Down and Dirty Duck (2013) ... (writer: "Eddie, Are You Kidding?")
- The Life & Death of Fritz the Cat (2013) ... (performer: "Who Needs The Peace Corps?") / (writer: "Who Needs The Peace Corps?")
  Some Jerk with a Camera (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- ABC Goes to Disney World! (2013) ... (performer: "I'm the Slime")
- Thirty Years of EPCOT Part Two: The 1980s (2012) ... (performer: "The Black Page (New Age Version)")
- The Country Bears (2011) ... (writer: "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama")
 2013 The Cinema Snob (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Water Power (2013) ... ("The Illinois Enema Bandit")
  The '80s: The Decade That Made Us (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Shop 'til You Drop (2013) ... (performer: "Valley Girl" - uncredited) / (writer: "Valley Girl" - uncredited)
 2011 Unlawful Killing (Documentary) (performer: "Dumb All Over" - uncredited) / (writer: "Dumb All Over" - uncredited)
 2011 Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World (Video documentary) (performer: "Willie The Pump") / (writer: "Willie The Pump")
 2009 A Call Girl (writer: "Bobby Brown goes down")
 2007 Things We Lost in the Fire (performer: "The Little House I Used To Live In", "Black Napkins") / (writer: "The Little House I Used To Live In", "Black Napkins")
 2006 I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 1979 (2006) ... (performer: "Joe's Garage")
 2004 Lavorare con lentezza ("Peaches en regalia")
  S.P.U.N.G (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2004) (music - 1 episode, 2004) (performer - 1 episode, 2004)
- Det är härligt att vara kär (2004) ... (lyrics: "Bobby Brown") / (music: "Bobby Brown") / (performer: "Bobby Brown")
 2003 Mayor of the Sunset Strip (Documentary) (producer: "Rodney")
 2001 Y Tu Mamá También (performer: "Watermelon in Easter Hay") / (producer: "Watermelon in Easter Hay") / (writer: "Watermelon in Easter Hay")
 1999 Tutti gli uomini del deficiente (writer: "Tell Me You Love Me")
 1999 Se buscan fulmontis (lyrics: "Dirty Love" (Overnite Sensation version)) / (music: "Dirty Love" (Overnite Sensation version)) / (writer: "Dirty Love" (Overnite Sensation version))
 1998 Goodbye, 20th Century (arranger: "Cocaine Decisions") / (producer: "Cocaine Decisions") / (writer: "Cocaine Decisions")
 1998 Daria (TV Series) (1 episode)
- That Was Then, This Is Dumb (1998) ... ("My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama")
  Clueless (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1997) (writer - 1 episode, 1997)
- Valley of the Malls (1997) ... (performer: "Valley Girl") / (writer: "Valley Girl")
 1997 Closure (Video documentary) (performer: "Broken Hearts are for Assholes") / (writer: "Broken Hearts are for Assholes")
 1997 Happy Together (performer: "Chunga's Revenge", "I Have Been In You") / (writer: "Chunga's Revenge", "I Have Been In You")
 1997 The Ice Storm (performer: "Dirty Love") / (writer: "Dirty Love")
 1995 Die kranken Schwestern (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... (performer: "Bobby Brown" - uncredited)
  Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series) (music - 3 episodes, 1994) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1994)
- Not So Easy Riders (1994) ... (music: "Disco Boy", "Help, I'm a Rock", "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance", "Friendly Little Finger" - uncredited)
- Ride the High School (1994) ... (music: "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" - uncredited)
- Psyche (1994) ... (lyrics: "What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?" - uncredited) / (music: "What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?", "Dirty Love", "Grand Wazoo", "Sinister Footwear II" - uncredited)
  Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1994) (writer - 1 episode, 1994)
- Seite 17 (1994) ... (performer: "Bobby Brown" - uncredited) / (writer: "Bobby Brown" - uncredited)
 1993 Beasts (Short) (writer: "G-Spot Tornado", "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus")
  Beavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1993) (writer - 1 episode, 1993)
- Canoe (1993) ... (performer: "You Are What You Is") / (writer: "You Are What You Is")
 1992 The Yellow Shark (writer: "Overture", "The Dog Breath Variations", "Uncle Meat", "Outrage At Valdez", "Times Beach II", "III Revised", "The Girl In The Magnesium Dress", "Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazz-Men's Church)", "Food Gathering In Post-Industrial America, 1992", "Ruth Is Sleeping", "Amnerika", "None Of The Above", "Pentagon Afternoon", "Questi Cazzi Di Piccione", "Times Beach III", "Welcome To The United States", "Pound For A Brown", "Exercise #4", "Get Whitey", "G-Spot Tornado")
  Parker Lewis Can't Lose (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1990) (producer - 1 episode, 1990) (writer - 1 episode, 1990)
- Operation Kubiak (1990) ... (performer: "You Are What You Is") / (producer: "You Are What You Is") / (writer: "You Are What You Is")
 1990 Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (writer: "Harder Than Your Husband")
 1990 Waiting for the Light (writer: "Memories of El Monte")
 1989 Hellgate (writer: "MEMORIES OF EL MONTE")
 1989 X-Large (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Frank Zappa - 20 Jahre Extravaganza (1989) ... (performer: "You Are What You Is" (uncredited), "Mr. Green Genes" (uncredited), "Bobby Brown", "Baby Snakes", "Keep It Greasy" (uncredited), "Sharleena" (uncredited), "Uncle Remus" (uncredited), "He's So Gay" (uncredited), "Joe's Garage" (uncredited))
 1988 Colors (writer: "MEMORIES OF EL MONTE")
 1987 The Amazing Mister Bickford (Video) (writer: "Naval Aviation In Art?", "Mo 'N Herb's Vacation", "Dupree's Paradise", "The Perfect Stranger")
 1987 Uncle Meat (Video documentary) (performer: "Tengo Na Minchia Tanta") / (writer: "The Uncle Meat Variations", "Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague", "Mr. Green Genes", "Holiday In Berlin, Full-Blown", "Mother People", "I'm Not Satisfied", "Tengo Na Minchia Tanta")
 1985 Does Humor Belong in Music? (Video documentary) (performer: "Zoot Allures", "Tinsel Town Rebellion", "More Trouble Every Day", "Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel", "The Dangerous Kitchen", "He's So Gay", "Bobby Brown", "Keep It Greasey", "Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?", "Dinah-Moe Humm", "Cosmik Debris", "Be In My Video", "Dancin' Fool", "Whippin' Post") / (writer: "Zoot Allures", "Tinsel Town Rebellion", "More Trouble Every Day", "Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel", "The Dangerous Kitchen", "He's So Gay", "Bobby Brown", "Keep It Greasey", "Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?", "Dinah-Moe Humm", "Cosmik Debris", "Be In My Video", "Dancin' Fool")
 1983 Alvin & the Chipmunks (TV Series) (performer: "Revised Music For Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra", "ReDuNZL") / (producer: "Revised Music For Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra", "ReDuNZL") / (writer: "Revised Music For Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra", "ReDuNZL")
 1982 Solid Gold (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Marilyn McCoo and Shaun Cassidy (1982) ... (writer: "Valley Girl")
 1980 Animalympics (producer: "I Don't Think I Can Go Through This Again") / (writer: "I Don't Think I Can Go Through This Again")
 1980 Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "You Are What You Is", "Mudd Club", "Chunga's Revenge", "Beauty Knows No Pain", "Bobby Brown", "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted", "Joe's Garage", "Baby Snakes", "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?" - uncredited)
 1979 Baby Snakes (Documentary) (performer: "Baby Snakes", "Titties 'N Beer", "The Black Page #2", "Jones Crusher", "Disco Boy", "Dinah-Moe-Humm", "Punky's Whips", "I Have Been In You", "I'm So Cute", "City Of Tiny Lites", "Dancin' Fool", "Duck Duck Goose", "Yo' Mama's Rubber Shirt", "Return Of The Son of Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", "Whatever Happened To All The Fun In The World?", "Wait A Minute...We Gotta Get Into Something Real", "Revenge of The Knick Knack People", " (The Adventures of) Greggery Peccary", "Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace", "Time Is Money") / (producer: "I Have Been In You", "I'm So Cute", "City Of Tiny Lites", "Dancin' Fool", "Duck Duck Goose", "Yo' Mama's Rubber Shirt", "Return Of The Son of Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", "Whatever Happened To All The Fun In The World?", "Wait A Minute...We Gotta Get Into Something Real", "Revenge of The Knick Knack People", " (The Adventures of) Greggery Peccary", "Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace", "Hot Poop", "Time Is Money") / (writer: "I Have Been In You", "I'm So Cute", "City Of Tiny Lites", "Dancin' Fool", "Duck Duck Goose", "Yo' Mama's Rubber Shirt", "Return Of The Son of Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", "Whatever Happened To All The Fun In The World?", "Wait A Minute...We Gotta Get Into Something Real", "Revenge of The Knick Knack People", " (The Adventures of) Greggery Peccary", "Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace", "Hot Poop", "Time Is Money")
 1979 More American Graffiti (performer: "Lumpy Gravy") / (writer: "Lumpy Gravy")
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1978) (writer - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1978)
- Frank Zappa (1978) ... (performer: "Dancing Fool", "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing", "Rollo" - uncredited) / (writer: "Dancing Fool", "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing", "Rollo" - uncredited)
- Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa (1976) ... (performer: "I'm the Slime", "Purple Lagoon", "Peaches En Regalia") / (writer: "I'm the Slime", "Purple Lagoon", "Peaches En Regalia")
 1978 Ohne Maulkorb (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Cadillac Extravaganza (1978) ... (performer: "I'm the Slime", "Mystery Roach", "Bobby Brown" - uncredited)
  The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1976) (writer - 1 episode, 1976)
- Episode #15.49 (1976) ... (performer: "Black Napkins" - uncredited) / (writer: "Black Napkins" - uncredited)
 1976 Virgin Snow (performer: "Peaches en Regalia" - uncredited) / (writer: "Peaches en Regalia" - uncredited)
 1971 Lady Liberty (writer: "Get A Little")
 1971 Pop story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1971) ... (writer: "The Little House I Used to Live In")
 1970 Aliisa (TV Movie) (writer: "Uncle Bernie's Farm")
 1969 Medium Cool (performer: "Oh No", "Who Needs the Peace Corps?", "Mom and Dad", "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet", "Are You Hung Up?" - uncredited) / (writer: "Oh No", "Who Needs the Peace Corps?", "Mom and Dad", "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet", "Are You Hung Up?" - uncredited)
 1968 The Monkees (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Monkees Blow Their Minds (1968) ... (writer: "Mother People" - uncredited)
 1967 Hoepla (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Vreemd, vaag, verdacht (1967) ... (writer: "The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet" - uncredited)
  The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1963) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode dated 27 March 1963 (1963) ... (performer: "Concerto For Two Bicycles" - uncredited) / (writer: "Concerto For Two Bicycles" - uncredited)
 1962 The World's Greatest Sinner (writer: "World's Greatest Sinner" - uncredited)
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Album: "Hot Rats" (Bizarre) See more »

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2 Portrayals | 3 Interviews | 10 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

FZ | Zappa | the Mothers of invention

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[Asked to create an anti-drug abuse slogan] Speed will turn you into your parents. See more »

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Is known affectionately by his fans as FZ. See more »

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Moustache, cigarette smoking See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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