Joe's Garage Acts 1-2-3 [アダルト]
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.61 x 12.7 x 2.54 cm; 191.64 g
- メーカー : Zappa Records
- EAN : 0014431053023
- 製造元リファレンス : RCD10530/31
- レーベル : Zappa Records
- ASIN : B0000009SY
- ディスク枚数 : 2
The Central Scrutinizer is out to protect you from the harmful effects of that horrible force called music. Such is the premise of Joe's Garage, Frank Zappa's three-act concept album that explores the world of groupies, governments, sex toys and Catholic school girls. As always, Zappa's aim is true and his scope wide, following Joe (voiced by his long-time co-conspirator, Ike Willis) as he starts a band, loses his girl, falls in love with a robot and tries to find his true place in society. Filled with catchy classics ("Catholic Girls", "Crew Slut") and blazing guitar work ("Keep it Greasy" and "Watermleon in Easter Hay"), this is the sort of schmorgasbord of imagination and artistry that only Zappa could produce. --Andrew Boscardin
And this really is musical theatre. Not just 'cause Zappa organises it in three 'Acts', but because there's a musical story, and even a narrator (the wonderfully creepy 'Central Scrutiniser'!). The story of central protagonist Joe's rather checquered musical life draws to some degree on experiences Zappa himself had (from simple young dumb garage rock fun, to getting busted by the Cops in a 'set-up' type sting), and any contemporary muso should be able to identify with a lot of the stuff satirised here.
Then there's Zappa's trademark smuttiness. I absolutely love it. It totally hits the spot for me. From his sardonic yet indulgent take on wet-T-shirt night culture ('mammalian protuberances') to robot-sex (Joe's techno orgy meltdown is hilarious) and prison 'plooking', it's all refreshingly earthy and simultaneously over-the-heads of the puritanical PC-brigade.
Musically it ranges all over the map, just as Zappa was wont to do over his long, prolific and varied career. It's not musically speaking my favourite FZ - despite the rather sublime Watermelon In Easter Hay (Zappa always gave good song-title) - which might be Hot Rats. But it's so unutterably and uniquely Zappa-esque, I just love it.
If I was recommending an entrée to the uninitiated, I'd probably suggest that this and Hot Rats would be perfect places to start. Hot Rats for pure music, and Joe's Garage for Zappa's unique take on the world, his philosophy, if you will: 'Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.”
As for what I think of the album... well, this is probably the Zappa album that I enjoy listening to the most. It's silly without being stupid, offensive without being disgusting, the satire is light-hearted instead of mean-spirited, the songs are surprisingly upbeat and catchy, and I could listen to the synth solo from Sy Borg all day. Unfortunately, I've always thought that Keep It Greasy marks the point where Zappa gave up on the "plot" and just wanted to get the album finished, so you end up with a bunch of guitar solos being stuck in as padding and Packard Goose gets dragged out to last almost 12 minutes. Although, I suppose that I shouldn't complain when one of those guitar solos is Watermelon In Easter Hay...
Go buy now and annoy your family,neighbours etc for evermore,you’ll love it,it’s a way of life.....l.l.ll