FRANK ZAPPA – ” Joe’s Garage Acts II & III ” 40th Annivesary

Posted: November 19, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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It’s the 40th Anniversary of “Joe’s Garage Acts II & III” – released On this day in 1979!, The album features the incredible “Watermelon In Easter Hay” -a song that Zappa identified as one of his 3 signature tunes. It’s the official FZ Release No#29. What’s your favorite track from Joe’s Garage Acts II & III?.

Two months after the release of Act I, Frank Zappa completed Joe’s Garage with the two-LP set Joe’s Garage: Acts II & III, meaning that, counting the two contractual albums Sleep Dirt and Orchestral Favorites, he released seven LPs’ worth of new material in 1979. Maybe that’s why Joe’s Garage seems so thin and thrown together, musically and dramatically, especially on its second and third sides.

“Joe’s Garage is a stupid story about how the government is going to do away with music (a prime cause of unwanted mass behavior). The album features Ike Willis as the voice of “Joe”, a stereotypical garage band youth who unwittingly journeys through the miasma of the music business. Zappa provides the voice of the “Central Scrutinizer” character—a mechanical voice that narrates the story and haunts Joe’s psyche

It’s sort of like a really cheap kind of high school play . . . the way it might have been done 20 years ago, with all the sets made out of cardboard boxes and poster paint. It’s also like those lectures that local narks used to give (where they show the pills leading to the weed leading to the needle, etc., etc.). If the plot of the story seems just a little bit preposterous, and if the idea of The Central Scruntinizer enforcing laws that haven’t been passed yet makes you giggle, just be glad you don’t live in one of the cheerful little countries where, at this very moment, music is either severely restricted . . . or, as it is in Iran, totally illegal.”. 

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