Submitted by mojoworking on 29 April 2013 - 1:18am
For an artist who operated way out on the fringes of commercial and critical success for most of his career, there are now an inordinate amount of Frank Zappa DVDs on the market – at least ten, by my reckoning. Although conforming to the talking heads format we’ve become familiar with, 'From Straight To Bizarre’ is one of the best of the FZ documentaries available. Not only does it contain rare vintage footage of the Mothers, Beefheart, The GTOs, Wild Man Fischer and other weird and wonderful artists signed to Frank’s labels, but there are also many recent interviews with the surviving musicians. Zappa ran Straight and Bizarre as a kind of freaks' refuge/social experiment and while most of the signings are now just footnotes in rock history, Alice Cooper and Beefheart went on to much bigger things. The GTOs and Jeff Simmons chapters alone make this 161 minute documentary an essential purchase for Zappa fans, but historians will also enjoy the Lord Buckley and Lenny Bruce footage.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
'Baby Snakes', 'The Torture Never Stops' and all the other Zappa DVDs now on sale in your local record store.