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Thing-Fish

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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B008PPUNQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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This album is one of the strangest you will ever hear. A sort of 'musical comedy' filled with narration and spoken word that is crammed with inventiveness that is completely absent from today's freeze-dried culture. It is funny, obsene, bizarre, infantile and extraordinary! Beware of the temptation to listen only to the words; the music is exceptional. Zappa's immense genius is on full display. To many, his music is 'peculiar', but once you can begin to hear it for what it is, his music is a genuine joy. I have been listening to his music for over 15 years, and have never tired of it. While other musicians and composers tend to become "things I was into when I was younger...", Zappa endures. 'Thing Fish' is possibly his most obscure work, but it is one of my great favourites.
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By 70s VINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2013
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I have tried as an extreme Zappa fan to like this. Unfortunately I have not suceeded yet. It is not difficult or challenging listening. There is rather a lot of talk by Ike Willis ( good though he is). The music becomes background, so how many times do you want to listen to a confused and poorly realised story, that descends into really crude imagery and language. This has been done so much better on Joes Garage and just feels like a weak retread here. The music when it does surface is not original. There are relyriced tracks from Zoot Allure and other albums.
I havent managed to listen to it all the way through yet, maybe later.

Postscript: wow! I am glad that I perserved with this one, it is fantastic, really good. Difficult and not for those of a sensitive disposition. Lurve it
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As a long time Frank Zappa fan I am ashamed to say that this excellent album slipped under the radar for me, but it has been well worth the wait. This work places Franks music head and shoulders above Rock bands and puts him in the league of modern serious composers such as John Adams, Phillip Glass and Steve Reich in my opinion. Dont hold you breath for a stage revival or film any day soon - check out the lyrics and you will see what I mean. Some people who have had the area of their brains normally reserved for 'sense of humour' surgically removed will call Zappa a Racist and Homophobe but these humourless peoples opinions dont count - IGNORE THEM and listen to this wonderful album. It made me laugh our loud - and how often does a piece of music do that to you? The world is a duller place without Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. Does humour belong in music? I think it does.
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A great album. It has lots of reasons to put off the casual listener but for Zappa music fans who enjoy his humour too its a wonderful thing. Lots of re-used music in this theatrical context but done a little differently. Different enough to be worth listening to over and over again. I bought this on LP decades ago, re-bought it on tape and bought it again on CD.
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Frank's weakest album by a country mile in my view. Poorly rehashed and remixed older tunes, mostly ruined by a cod-Uncle Tom voice from Ike Willis. This album broke my student wallet, and then my heart on first listen. I tried a few more times, but it was years before I summoned up the courage to buy other, so-called 'challenging' Zappa.

Thingfish takes the form of a mock Broadway play, and traduces old songs to make ham fisted comments about black stereotypes, Broadway, middle class America etc. All at the expense of listener enjoyment. The comedy is feeble, the satire lacks any insight, the mix is dreadful and Ike Willis's vocal mannerisms intensely grating. As Ike would have it, 'de Torchum Never Stop'.

There's so much wonderful FZ music out there' this is the grit in the oyster for me. Avoid big time.
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More a play than a musical. Extremely shocking but in parts funny. Great performances from Ike Willis, Terry and Dale Bozzio and Bob Harris. Fantastic use of wordplay and despite the obvious short comings, Thing-Fish should be staged. How about the Edinburgh Fringe?
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I don't know what Frank was up to when he thought up this project. I think he had had one too many cocktails on a Friday night and went a little squiffy.
That said, it's a great album. If you are prepared for the fact that there are virtually no guitar solos, only about 5 new songs and much narration.
Most of the storyline doesn't really make much sense but there's much fun to be had listening to the whole thing unfold anyway.
If you are new to Zappa don't start here. I had already bought & heard virtually all his records before I bought this so I was in pretty deep by that point! If you want to have a hour and a half of pretty odd escapism with (I think) a few serious points raised then you'll enjoy it.
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You cannot merely sit and listen to this one, it requires work and extensive research. There is so much bubbling under the surface in both the music and lyrics - consider the use of the blue light in conjuntion with the story of the galoot update - it repays servitude.
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