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28.5.12

Dweezil Zappa



Dweezil Zappa - Automatic - 2000 - Favored Nations

Described as a wild and eclectic collection of original songs and traditional favourites! Typical Zappa-esque humour. However, anybody who includes the theme from "Hawaii Five-O" by Morton Stevens, and two excerpts from a Georges Bizet opera on a fusion album is definitely dabbling in wildness and eccentric eclecticism! A great album from Dweezil heped out by some brilliant musicians including Blues Saraceno, Mike Keneally, Joe Travers, Lisa Loeb, and Scott Thunes. Eight of the 12 tracks are less than three minutes in length, and thats a big minus. Nevertheless, the album is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Listen to Dweezil's "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" and "Return Of The Son Of... " albums [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 90.6 Mb]

TRACKS

1 Fwakstension with Zappa, Terry Bozzio, Scott Thunes 4:13
2 Automatic with Zappa, Blues Saraceno, Joe Travers, Christopher Maloney 3:59
3 Hawaii Five-O with Zappa, Joe Travers 1:52
4 You're a Mean One Mister Grinch with Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Joe Travers 3:12
5 Therapy with Zappa, Terry Bozzio, Scott Thunes 2:59
6 12 String Thing with Zappa, Joe Travers, Mark Meadows 2:46
7 Secret Hedges with Zappa 2:12
8 Habanera with Zappa, Dick Cinnamon 1:54
9 Les Toreadors with Zappa, Dick Cinnamon 2:35
10 Shnook with Zappa, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally 2:55
11 Dick Cinnamon's Office with Zappa, Lisa Loeb, Joe Travers, Christopher Maloney 0:55
12 Purple Guitar with Zappa, Joe Travers, Mike Keneally 9:18

All tracks composed by Dweezil Zappa except "Hawaii Five-O" by Morton Stevens, "You're a Mean One Mister Grinch" by Dr. Seuss & Albert Hague, and "Habanera" & "Les Toreadors" by Georges Bizet

MUSICIANS

Dweezil Zappa - Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Flange Bass, Electric Piano, Feedback, Harmony, Vocals
Blues Saraceno - Guitar on Track 2
Mike Keneally - Rhythm Guitar, Harmony on Tracks 1,10,12
Bryan Beller - Bass on Track 12
Christopher Maloney - Bass on Tracks 2,11
Mark Meadows - Bass on Tracks 4,6
Scott Thunes - Bass on Tracks 1,5,10
Terry Bozzio - Drums on Tracks 1,5
Morgan Ågren - Percussion, Drums on Track 10
Joe Travers - Percussion, Drums on Tracks 2,3,4,6,11,12
Dirk Cinnamon - Percussion, Voice on Tracks 8,9,10
Ahmet Zappa - Vocals on Track 4
Lisa Loeb - Voice on Track 11
Jason Freese - Wurlitzer on Track 11

BIO

Son of Frank Zappa and a heavy metal disciple of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, Dweezil released his first album, Havin' a Bad Day, in 1986. He worked a stint as a VJ on MTV, appeared in the films Pretty in Pink and The Running Man, and had a brief sojourn in TV situation comedy with his sister Moon Unit, on 1988-1989's Normal Life. Dweezil also issued his second album, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, in 1988, following it in 1991 with Confessions, and subsequently took a break from solo recording. He worked in television for a time, composing the theme song to the sadly short-lived Ben Stiller Show and voicing the character of Ajax on the brilliant USA Network animated series Duckman. He next formed the band Z with brother Ahmet on vocals; the group released two albums together: 1994's Shampoohorn and 1996's Music for Pets. In addition to his work as a session guitarist, Zappa busied himself with Happy Hour ( a TV show for the USA Network which debuted in 1999 and was co-hosted with Ahmet ), and his first solo album in nine years, 2000s mostly instrumental Automatic. Following this, Dweezil fell back out of the public eye and re-dedicated himself to learning guitar, changing his style a bit and adopting many of his father's picking techniques. In 2005, he assembled a crack band of younger players and recruited FZ alumni Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napoleon Murphy Brock for the critically acclaimed Zappa Plays Zappa tour which hit the road in the summer of 2006. The band (with Brock ostensibly as the frontman) performed an entire program of Frank Zappa compositions with Vai and Bozzio appearing as guests and Dweezil himself as lead guitarist/bandleader. Between legs of that tour, he released Go with What You Know, easily his most ambitious album to date. A studio version and DVD of Zappa Plays Zappa appeared in 2008 with a live album from the project -- Return of the Son Of... -- following in 2010. © Cub Koda © 2011 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dweezil-zappa-p5902/biography

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