Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

I was listening to Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats the other night and my sister visited us and she was trying to put Tommy, my youngest, to bed. So naturally, I turned off the music. But to our surprise Tommy stood up and looked at me as if saying to turn the music on again. Even my sister knew what Tommy liked and she said to turn on the music. I didn’t know what to think. Does he like Frank Zappa or just any music I put on? So I experimented on different kinds of music. I put on the Dead Kennedys but he didn’t like it. I said to myself, it must’ve have been too noisy for him, he can’t fall asleep. So I put on some Undertones, which is relatively quieter than DK’s. But he still didn’t go to sleep and he was trying to say something to me. Finally, my sister told me to put back what I was listening to before – Zappa. So I did, and lo & behold, he went back to sleep.

I was so stoked that my kid likes Zappa more than his father! I have to say, I wasn’t a big Zappa fan and Hot Rats was just recommended to me by my buddy who’s really into that kind of music. Years back, I asked him what album of Zappa he would recommend to me. He knew that aside from punk, hardcore, crust, power pop, etc. I also listen to Miles, Coltrane & Monk. So, he told me that I should start with Hot Rats, given my musical taste and all. So I bough it and actually liked what I heard. But I wasn’t sure why he recommended Hot Rats instead of say Freak Out! I guess, he read me wrong.

Anyways, this is a really good record and a great introduction to Zappa if you haven’t heard of him and a shoutout to my son Tommy!

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D said...

kids can surprise you sometimes :P.

Punk Rock Daddy said...

Yup, he sure surprised me with that move.

DrStirringRhod said...



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One of the best Zappa's works!! SO crazy sounds, even now, after all these years