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Does Humor Belong in Music? (1985)

Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Zappa ... Guitar, Vocal
Ray White Ray White ... Guitar, Vocal
Ike Willis Ike Willis ... Guitar, Vocal
Bobby Martin Bobby Martin ... Keys, Vocal
Allan Zavod Allan Zavod ... Keys
Scott Thunes Scott Thunes ... Bass
Chad Wackerman Chad Wackerman ... Drums
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Pablo Guzmán Pablo Guzmán ... Interview: WNEW, New York City
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Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.

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The Group That Does Everything Wrong.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1992 (Portugal) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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4:3 full frame
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Quotes

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Frank Zappa: Hello. There's a lot of people out there! How ya doin'? One moment, please.
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References Video from Hell (1985) See more »

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He's So Gay
Written and Performed by Frank Zappa
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Frank, you are missed
20 March 2000 | by WazooSee all my reviews

Considering what has been on the pop charts over the past fifty years, it's such a disappointment to realise that Frank Zappa was indeed one of the most under-appreciated artists in the history of music. Fortunately, video artifacts like this one can show the uninitiated what a terrific composer, guitarist and bandleader FZ really was.

There are some flaws here -- this NYC concert was from his 1984 tour, probably his weakest ever, and the selection of songs favours the raunchy crowd-pleasers over the wildly inventive complicated instrumentals -- but overall it's a fantastic representation of Frank's fabulous guitar playing, his band's instrumental capabilities, the great humour and FZ's penchant for just not caring about what people think.

If you want a better FZ band and performance, try and find a copy of the May 1988 Barcelona concert. In the meantime, get yourself a copy of DHBIM and witness rock's only true genius in action.


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