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Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Zappa Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000009TU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bobby Brown Goes Down
2. Disco Boy
3. Goblin Girl
4. In France
5. He's So Gay
6. Sex
7. Titties and Beer
8. We're Turning Again
9. Dumb All Over
10. Catholic Girls
11. Dinah-Moe Humm
12. Tinsel Town Rebellion
13. Valley Girl
14. Jewish Princess
15. Yo Cats

Product Description

-titolo-have i offended someone?artista-frank zappa etichetta-ryko-n. dischi1data-9 aprile 1997supporto-cd audiogenere-pop e rock internazionale----braniascolta 30''1.bobby brown goes downascolta2.disco boyascolta3.goblin girlascolta4.in franceascolta5.he's so gayascolta6.sexascolta7.titties 'n beerascolta8.we're turning againascoltaascolta 30''9.dumb all overascolta10.catholic girlsascolta11.dinah-moe hummascolta12.tinsel town rebellionascolta13.valley girlascolta14.jewish princessascolta15.yo cats

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john a barber on 11 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Brill comp highly recommend
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By KEITH EDWARDS on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good Zappa album,not his best, but not bad.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Göran Andersson on 29 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Compiled by Frank himself. Great to introduce you to Zappas music. The sound is amazing! You can use the cd for testing your hi-fi.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Defender of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights... 23 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great cd! Most of the tracks have either been remixed, remastered, edited or totally reconstructed by FZ himself. Dumb All Over is a live never before released gem with a great FZ guitar solo! The sound is fabulous. Zappa perfected a genre that could be called song-stos or short stories in song, using the rhapsodic techniques he had developed. The interest of the listener is kept through myriad changes in the drum meters, riffs, fills, background vocals, special effects, unusual chord sequences, swift tranformations in mood and tone, and the like. It's a powerful genre, and Zappa's researches point out a new direction for American operatic form. There is something in this collection to offend everyone - ..., Jewishes princesses, feminists, Christains, satanists, record executives, the Musicians union, young women from the San Fernando Valley, partisans of the Parisian toilet kiosk, insecure young men who like to dance in clubs, Jimi Hendrix fans, and punkers with chops, to mention a few. Satirical anthropology, pure and simple.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Strictly Commercial, party-record edition 15 Mar. 2011
By PH-50-NC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album illustrates an interesting point about the humor and satire in early and late period Zappa (for the purposes of this review, the dividing line is around 1976). From 1966-1975, Frank did plenty of music that was considering shocking, and some that was considered offensive. But with one exception ("Dinah Moe Humm"), none of that music made it onto "Have I Offended Someone?" The reason might be that the humor from this earlier period tended to be more surreal, and there was less distinction between Zappa's "arty" music and his "satirical" music. Also, in his earlier period, the satire and humor tended to stop short of what the mainstream culture would have called "obscene," even when the lyrics were about having sex with teen-aged groupies ("Motherly Love," 1966) or boyhood experiments with human waste ("Lets Make the Water Turn Black," 1968).

With "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" (1974), Zappa found that there was a big audience for a more blunt, less avant-garde brand of Zappa humor. "Dinah Moe Humm," from 1973, is another example of this style, but the risqué "Dinah Moe" had no chance of becoming a left-field hit like "Yellow Snow."

The humor and satire pieces from 1976 through 1988 were more in the vein of "Yellow Snow" and "Dinah Moe," and it is that style of song that is featured here, and which has led people only vaguely familiar with Zappa's work to classify him alongside Weird Al Yankovic as a novelty songwriter. (No slight intended towards Weird Al, whose parodies have amused me greatly.) The targets of the later Zappa period include caricatures (or stereotypes, take your pick) of Jewish women, Catholic women, French women, kinky women, gay men, union members, TV preachers, disco dancers, and more. Mostly absent from this compilation are songs targeting politicians, though they too were frequent fodder.

Zappa claimed in a 1978 Downbeat Magazine interview that his original boomer audience had settled down by the mid-70s (and were attending less shows), and that his concert audiences were skewing younger. Whether or not that's the reason he began writing more of the type of material on this disc is an open question, but its clear that there was a conscious decision to do more of this type of song, and to separate it (for the most part) from his "highbrow" orchestral and Synclavier projects. With "Valley Girl" (one of the mildest songs on this disc), that strategy paid off handsomely and gave Zappa the luxury of spending $400,000 of his own cash to hire the London Symphony Orchestra to record two albums-worth of his orchestral pieces.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A must for those wh want to get to know the real Fank Zappa 27 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Forget the Commercial Ballehoo of Stictly Commercial: The best of Frank Zappa that humorless pot of unemotiolnal Frank. If you want to learn about the real Frank Zappa buy this album. Not only does it have Zappa classics like Bobby Brown Goes Down, Dumb all over and Titties and Beer (The theme song of saturday nights with the guys) it also has liner notes about the real Frank Zappa. THe Caring Zappa. The Zappa that wants to do away with Censurship of any kind. So just forget about purchasing his greatest hits and get this album. You won't be disappointed.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
fun fun fun 18 April 2003
By Bill Allison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is about as good of a compilation as one could ask for, at least on one cd anyway. Some will say that Frank had a lot more "offensive" stuff than what is on here, but whether or not you find it to be offensive, well, I guess that just depends on what kind of person you are. Let's see, I'm not Jewish, I'm not Catholic, I'm not gay, I'm not a Conservative, and I'm not a religious fanatic. Even if you are a member of one of those said groups, chances are you won't be offended either. Everything is done in such a light-hearted fashion, it's really hard to get stirred up over anything that's here. It's all in good fun. Much like "Strictly Commercial" and "Cheap Thrills" this is great for newcomers and like another reviewer said, if you have any musical integrity whatsoever, it will inspire you to dig deeper. It's good for anyone really, whether you're just a casual fan or a die-hard. This is essential.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An album with a sense of humor 30 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Jewish girl, Catholic, Gay, Religious, or live in Southern California you may well be offended. But if you have a good sense of humor, you shouldn't be. One again, Frank shows us how to laugh while blowing us away with his great arrangements and mind-blowing guitar playing. This is not the definative Frank Zappa album, but does give you some insight to his brand of humor. For more serious musical appreciation of this gifted artist, try some of his other numerious works.
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