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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:20 pm



Vocal type: Strictly Commercial Bass-Baritone
Vocal range: G1-G♯4

Significant high notes:

G♯4 ("Nanook Rubs It")
G4 ("You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here")
F♯4 ("Catholic Girls", "Father O'Blivion", "Easy Meat")
E4 ("Wind Up Workin' in a Gas Station", "Stairway to Heaven" live, "Father O'Blivion", "Zomby Woof" live, "Easy Meat")
E♭4 ("Cosmik Debris", "Nanook Rubs It", "Uncle Remus")
D4 ("In France", "Uncle Remus", "Find Her Finer", "Po-Jama People")

Significant low notes:

A2 ("Dinah-Moe Humm", "Dirty Love", "Zomby Woof")
G2 ("The Torture Never Stops")
F♯2 ("Father O'Blivion")
F2 ("Cosmik Debris", "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here", "Uncle Remus", "Po-Jama People", "The Torture Never Stops")
E2 ("Sleep Dirt")
E♭2 ("Nanook Rubs It")
D2 ("Don't Eat That Yellow Snow", "Po-Jama People", "Find Her Finer", "Excentrifugal Forz", "Crew Slut")
C♯2 ("Stinkfoot", "Crew Slut")
C2 ("Bobby Brown Goes Down", "Stinkfoot", "Cosmik Debris", "Montana", "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee")
B1 ("Dinah-Moe Humm", "I'm the Slime")
A1 ("Dinah-Moe Humm", "I'm the Slime", "Montana")
G1 ("Cosmik Debris")
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*Italics mark non-sung notes.
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Ludwig Van Beethoven on Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:21 pm

May he be a bass-baritone? He says that he is a bass-baritone.
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Post  Mobbex on Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:10 pm

Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote:May he be a bass-baritone? He says that he is a bass-baritone.

lol, the more I learn about Zappa, the less I take what he says at face value.
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:15 pm

Mobbex wrote:
Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote:May he be a bass-baritone? He says that he is a bass-baritone.

lol, the more I learn about Zappa, the less I take what he says at face value.
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Yes, Mr. Beethoven, Zappa claims to be a "bass-baritone", but he also claims to have less than an octave range. And neither of them are true. Wink
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Guest on Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:44 pm

I love to listen to Zappa using Sprechstimme. He had such an awesome, hypnotizing voice.
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Post  Monocus on Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:09 am

Might be nothing, but:
http://picosong.com/wivD
How high does this get?
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Post  LostInHarmony on Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:19 am

Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote:May he be a bass-baritone? He says that he is a bass-baritone.
Pretty sure he meant that he is a: contra bass-baritone while he's at Saint Alphonso's pancake breakfast, taking out the cosmic debris in the vicinity of the watermelon in the easter hay which is covered by yellow snow, he doesn't eat that. Some details could be off though since it's a Freak Out there, but you can always call any vegetable if the the torture never stops Tiphat .

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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:55 am

Monocus wrote:Might be nothing, but:
http://picosong.com/wivD
How high does this get?

G3.
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Guest on Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:56 am

Wow.
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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:56 am

LostInHarmony wrote:
Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote:May he be a bass-baritone? He says that he is a bass-baritone.
Pretty sure he meant that he is a: contra bass-baritone while he's at Saint Alphonso's pancake breakfast, taking out the cosmic debris in the vicinity of the watermelon in the easter hay which is covered by yellow snow, he doesn't eat that. Some details could be off though since it's a Freak Out there, but you can always call any vegetable if the the torture never stops Tiphat .

Wow.
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Post  Zedd Squared on Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:43 am

Zappa sings Zomby Woof in this live version. Gets some E4's, cool performance.
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Post  Zedd Squared on Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:01 pm


On the word "mystery" at 1:03 Zappa hits a strong G1. Surprised nobody pointed this out back in the early TRP days. Also there's not really any B1s as is listed it's mainly around C2.
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Post  Chiliholic on Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:22 am

Zappa didn't consider himself as a much of a singer. In his book he said that he had about one octave vocal range, and that he couldn't really play guitar when he was singing because he had to concentrate on singing the notes right. I have to agree with him, singing wasn't his strong point. That didn't really matter as he had some great singers in his bands.
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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:13 am

Chiliholic wrote:Zappa didn't consider himself as a much of a singer. In his book he said that he had about one octave vocal range, and that he couldn't really play guitar when he was singing because he had to concentrate on singing the notes right. I have to agree with him, singing wasn't his strong point. That didn't really matter as he had some great singers in his bands.
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Young Heroins on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:18 am

Question (if sensitive Zappa fan, don't read):
Unecessary comment is unnecessary but, what is the appeal of Zappa's music to you genuine fans out there? I have tried to enjoy it but I just get this intense "show off" vibe from it. Maybe I take it way too seriously but I feel the music was written on the basis of him saying, "Alright, let's see how many notes we can fit in here." I know it's supposed to be weird music but I guess I never really got avante-garde sounds.
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Post  Chiliholic on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:34 am

The Great Heroins wrote:
Question (if sensitive Zappa fan, don't read):
Unecessary comment is unnecessary but, what is the appeal of Zappa's music to you genuine fans out there?  I have tried to enjoy it but I just get this intense "show off" vibe from it.  Maybe I take it way too seriously but I feel the music was written on the basis of him saying, "Alright, let's see how many notes we can fit in here."  I know it's supposed to be weird music but I guess I never really got avante-garde sounds.
For me the appeal is the diversity of his music. I enjoy most sides of the stuff he did, whether it's avant garde, jazz fusion, straight rock or humour stuff. I don't know what stuff you've listened by him, but for example albums like Over-Nite Sensation and Apostrophe' are easy listening stuff without much "showing off" or weird avant garde stuff.
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Post  Zedd Squared on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:36 am

Yeah his music is really interesting to listen to from a musical perspective because he keeps you on your toes especially rhythmically. I mean who else could pull off something like Inca Roads? Yet at the same time he has this fantastic musicianship he also keeps a sense of humor about it so it doesn't come across as pretentious (although I like a lot of bands that might be considered that by some people regardless).
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Post  Young Heroins on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:43 am

I've only heard two songs to be honest, "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" and "Joe's Garage." Now that I think about it, perhaps I am assuming too much from too little. I do respect his musicianship though, I always have. Perhaps i'll give a listen to the easy listening album you mentioned in hopes to find the same spark you guys have as I hear Zappa's name all too often to not know him well.
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Post  Lurex on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:47 am

i like his music because of its strong political message and fucking hilarious themes, while still being a provocative social commentary
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Post  Young Heroins on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:50 am

Wow man that's deep! Wink 
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Lurex on Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:59 am

exhibit A
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Post  Young Heroins on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:28 am

Hahah.. i've actually heard that one from a friend.... I don't get it :/
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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Monocus on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:59 am

The song or how people can enjoy his music?
The song is actually fairly unambiguous in its content. You should get it even without listening to it.
It is in the title!
Zappa based it on a true story: His tour manager once asked the very question the song is named after -
It hurt when he peed. As easy as that.
In the storyline of the album it is about STDs. Those may make it hurt when you pee.
Hence those are the ones you shouldn't be getting.

As for great Zappa songs, this has always been one of my favourites:

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Re: Frank Zappa

Post  Leonard_Cohen on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:04 am

he is a poor mans beefheart basically
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Post  Zedd Squared on Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:23 am

I like Beefheart a fair amount but he never had anywhere near the musical intricacy that Zappa had. He was more of an entertainer than a musician as far as I can tell.
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