Shirt: Frank Zappa - I Bought the Box ‘86
Color: Heather Grey
Brand: Screen Stars
Source: Back when i worked at the record store in Sacramento (the Beat it was called), there was this fella i worked with and his name was Scott. I wish i could remember his last name dammit but i can’t. he was a real mellow fella, had a real stride to his step and was probably the kind of guy that carried a comb in his back pocket at some point to take care of his sweet feathered hair he would have at times. mind you I’m not making fun, just painting a picture here, don’t get the wrong idea. we wore flannels and jeans but mostly i remember his walk was as if he was walking through a 70’s movie with total confidence and attitude part stoner vibe part hippie. He was kind of a loner, but by choice i don’t think he completely gelled with anyone at the store, but he clearly loved music and wanted to be around it so he tolerated all of us around him, and made an effort to connect whenever possible. we all got turns to play music and his turn would often consist of Frank Zappa.
Osmosis is a strange way to soak in music, where you are listening to it but not paying attention. in the down time i would get in rock talks with Scott and he would try to explain to me what Frank Zappa was so important, and at the time i wasn’t really getting it. I mean clearly the guy had a lot of albums out, you knew his name and shit, even his kids were famous, so he must have been good. If only Wikipedia existed back then i could a read it and been like OH YEAH, i get it now. i respected this guys opinion tho and wanted to understand, but like i said in a previous post. sometimes you just aren’t ready, or in the right place for certain things. movies, music, hell even food. I hated csh until i was in my 30’s now i love it. you just have to be in the right place in the right mind sometimes. which is why i say unless you are always growing an learning you are dying.
Back to Frank. I don’t know who i could say is a modern day version of him, be kind of hard to say. the only band i really hear when i listen to Zappa is the Butthole Surfers, i feel like they must have celebrated the entire catalog cause i hear so many pieces of music of Franks that could be a Butthole Surfers song. but current day musicians, i have no idea. Frank had a REALLY long really interesting creative career. he apparently invented tons of musical record styles, produced almost all his albums, taught himself who to play music but the most interest fact i learned when i looked up his wiki page that i didn’t knw was this
the Song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple is about Frank Zappa and his band playing in Switerland when some crazy audience ember fired a flair gun at the band caught the casino on fire they were playing in, and burned down the entire place including the bands equipment. apparently Deep Purple was recording in a studio across the lake and watched it all burn down. Thats fucking crazy right??
NOT AS CRAZY as this that happened a few years later
“During the encore, an audience member pushed Zappa off the stage and into the concrete-floored orchestra pit. The band thought Zappa had been killed—he had suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year”
Going to a show, or playing one was dangerous back in the day, damn. PCP!!! Drugs R Bad MMMMK?
So this shirt, while awesome is nothing compared to Frank Zappa’s story but its cool. apparently there was a promo version that was sent out to promote the box set that was coming out back then that looked like this.
then when you bough the box you got this..
pretty cool huh?
so i know 98% of you on here won’t care , don’t know about Frank Zappa and will never read this far but if you did and got sucked in you are surely not regretting it at this point, and that is all that matters. right?