Friday, December 4, 2015
Friday Night Videos: Conceptual Continuity
Earlier today I posted some people and things from Frank Zappa's Conceptual Continuity.
Here are the songs and videos that inspired them.
Note: Not all of these are part of Zappa's actual Conceptual Continuity, but they are good for this.
My python boot's too tight. "Stinkfoot" appears on the 1974 FZ album Apostrophe ('), which is now usually sold as a combo CD with Over-Nite Sensation. Stinkfoot is very much part of the Conceptual Continuity. I also think it might have been the first Zappa song I ever heard. I am sure that my brother Mike was the one that introduced me to it.
One the same album St. Alphonzo and Father O'Blivion can be heard on "St. Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast" and "Father O'Blivion" respectively. Funny thing, the next song on that side "Cosmik Debris" was one of "inspirations" for the Aquarian Tradition of Witchcraft.
Speaking of the Aquarians. Over-Nite Sensation from 1973 introduced us to The Short Forest in "Camarillo Brillo" a tale of a magic mama that could throw a mean tarot. I decided that the woman in Camarillo Brillo was the same as the Witch of The Short Forrest and likely Dinah-Moe Humm from the same album. Camarillo Brillo, by the way is not the witch's name, it describes her hair.
The idea of her sister drowning comes from Zappa's 1982 album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. This is the album that gave the world "Valley Girl".
"Goblin Girl", is not really a goblin, but gobbling or gobbl'en. What she is gobbling...well you listen and decide. But it is one of the best songs on the completely fantastic You Are What You Is from 1981. For me she looks like Gren Razortooth from YAFGC.
Her suicidal behavior comes from the same album in the form of "Suicide Chump" and "Jumbo Go Away".
Going all the way back to 1968 we have the classic Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention album We're Only In It For The Money. One of my favorite songs on this album is "Absolutely Free" which teaches us that "discorporate means to leave your body."
We go back to Over-Nite Sensation and end with Zomby Woof, which should be self-explanatory.