In a recent interview with Jonesy’s Jukebox, son of Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa has revealed how his father felt about being “mainstream”.
“Did he hate [1982’s] ‘Valley Girl’? It was successful on a kind of mainstream level…”
“No, because it helped him do other things that he wanted to do. Basically, how he operated was that he would tour and record every single concert and then he would make records out of that. So he would always take a mobile studio out with him.
Now you can do it on a laptop, but he was taking a full mobile studio, so that helped him be able to do more recordings that he wanted to do.
When we do the music, we’re giving everybody a really broad cross-section, we play some of his classical music, we play some doo-wop stuff, we play stuff from every era of his career from the Mothers of Invention to the middle-’70s era, to even into the 80s, so it’s a challenge to learn all of those styles and play them authentically, and we use all of the recordings as our guideline.”
Interviewer said “When your dad was young, do you remember what he used to listen to?”, Dweezil replied:
“I actually would listen to music with him on numerous occasions. He was always working in the studio. If he wasn’t working on his own, he was listening to some other kind of music.
He had a lot of rhythm and blues records. He liked Johnny Guitar Watson, who was a friend of his, Howlin’ Wolf. He was also interested in modern classical music, people like Edgard Varese, Stravinsky, different composers… And as a kid, we started by going to the library at about 11 years and he taught himself everything about music by reading books.”
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