First of all, I’ve always liked Dweezil Zappa and admired his reverence for his influences. A fluent and stellar guitar player, he has continued to not only survive but thrive in his career despite the huge shadow of his genius father Frank (it’s true).
Today, Dweezil and brother Ahmet keep Frank Zappa’s music alive on the live circuit with a band that even includes some previous members of father Frank’s ensemble. His musical journey through the 80’s and 90’s combined everything from hair-band influences to classical to Zappa-meets-They-Might-Be-Giants eclecticisms.
My first introduction to his music came in the late 80’s while on spring break in Fort Lauderdale, FL with my friends John, Rich, Lori and Michelle. After getting sunburned the first day, we spent some time indoors the second day and there was some music video show (not MTV) playing. I saw this video and Mantronix’ video for Simple Simon. I haven’t seen this video since then, until discovering it on YouTube just yesterday…and I think it’s absolutely hilarious. Really cool 80’s-style remake of his dad’s classic tune from the Weasels Ripped My Flesh album.
Click the pic below to watch and listen, and as always…enjoy Abysmally.