You Are What You Is, much like Sheik Yerbouti, two years prior, compiled a veritable smorgasbord of Frank Zappa’s rock-and-pop-oriented material onto four, bulging sides of vinyl, indiscriminately jamming together unrelated styles with barely any help from his uniformly satirical themes to ease the transitions.
But whereas Sheik’s songs generally aimed their insolent humor and pointed satire at relatively broad and vague targets, You Are What You Is more often engaged in ruthless stereotype assassinations, which no amount of immature comedy could make excuses for.
But Zappa and his band of horny men (a.k.a. touring musicians) arguably crossed the line into needlessly mean-spirited attacks on suicides (“Suicide Chump”) and women, of the groupie persuasion or otherwise (see the ultra-misogynist “Goblin Girl,” “Jumbo Go Away”) .
Maybe this focus on mostly defenseless victims, as compared to the deeper social commentary Frank engaged in during the ‘60s and ‘70s, was a reflection of Reagan’s dawning, 1980s America, and Frank’s increasing disgust with it all, but that doesn’t make them any easier to accept.
At this point, I should probably clarify that I do love this album, and I stand by Zappa’s legacy as an “equal opportunity offender.”
I am a child of Truly Tasteless Jokes and the pre-political correctness era, so the fan in me can still appreciate You Are What You Is without modern hang-ups, and it’s just the critic in me who feels the need to reassess it through a modern perspective.
Pamela Des Barres, Gail Zappa and Frank Zappa at the Whisky a Go Go, c. 1967
Miss Pamela posted the entire picture on her Facebook, with the caption: “SO cool when new pics of me pop up! Here I am on the Whisky a Go Go dance floor with Frank, Gail, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black and Captain F••k!! With my ever present armadillo purse named Mick!”
200 Motels We do not own 200 MOTELS but then again, neither does Tony Palmer and that fact does not seem to have deterred from his self-appointed rounds. Ah well.. Save 200 Motels to your movie list. 200 Motels: Information from Answers.com 200 Motels . 200 Motels | Movies.com Read the 200 Motels movie synopsis, view the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos, and more on Movies.com. 200 Motels | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos 200 Motels’s official profile including the latest music, albums, songs, music videos and more updates. 200 Motels (1971) - IMDb Directed by Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa. “Touring makes you crazy,” Frank Zappa says,. With Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar. Plot: Less a movie than a purposely crude series of musical vignettes and inside jokes for die-hard fans,. Watch Unlimited Movies & TV. Visit Answers.com for Cast, Crew, Reviews,. 200 Motels - Rotten Tomatoes Review: Less a movie than a purposely crude series of musical vignettes and inside jokes for die-hard fans, Frank Zappa informs viewers in the opening scene… 200 Motels Baby Snakes The Dub Room Special Video from Hell Does Humor Belong in Music?. 200 Motels (soundtrack) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The 200 Motels OST is the soundtrack to Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels.. 200 Motels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 200 Motels is a 1971 American-British musical “surrealistic. Absurd and witty, 200 Motels is a mixture of musical, rock opera and sitcom portraying.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention - In The 1960s - doc. film
This film reviews the true story of The Mothers of Invention and the music they made during the first incarnation of the band. With group members Jimmy Carl Black, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston and Art Tripp taking up the tale and revealing often for the first time what the real Frank Zappa was
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, 1969… (featuring from
left to right: Ian Underwood, Franky Z., Don Preston; back row: Bunk
Gardner, Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl
Black - “the Indian of the Group,” & Art Tripp…)