Like a lot of people, I’ve always had this fascination with Frank Zappa and, in turn, his son, Dweezil. So when the latter’s fatherly tribute, Zappa Plays Zappa, was set to roll into town, I jumped at the chance to interview him.
Here are some outtakes that didn’t make it into the final story:
“One of the issues that comes up with my dad’s music is that sometimes people have this preconceived notion of it being something closer to novelty music because it has a sense of humor, so they think, ‘Oh, I’ve heard ‘Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow’ or ‘Valley Girl,’ and think, ‘Oh, I get it,’ but that’s not even scratching the surface of what my dad did throughout the over 80 albums that he made.”
What’s your favorite song to play live?
It changes all the time, but some of the some of the things that I’m most proud of as our accomplishments that we have pulled off are some of his classical works like ‘Dog Breath Variations’ and ‘G-Spot Tornado,’ things that are really, really hard, but other songs that we worked really hard on to get them to be executed well are ‘Inca Roads’ or ‘St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast.’ These are all things that have very difficult polyrhythms and stuff like that are in there.
You’ve done music, movies, TV — is there another realm in the entertainment world that you’d like to have a crack at?
I’ve don’t really know, I’ve always just tried to do a little bit of everything just to get a feel for it and see what it’s all about. You’re only on the planet once, so why not try a bunch of different things and see what you like?
But somewhere down the road I may get interested in doing some writing or creating of actual content, whether it’s a book or a TV show a film, something. I may sit down and say, ‘Hey, let me just write a script and see what we could do with it.’ Why not?
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