Frank Zappa – a conservative

Frank Zappa on the muhammedanians

Let’s say we have to make some ‘show of force.’ The most common scenarios involve small guerilla or terrorist groups. Nuclear retaliation? It has been suggested by others that Aerosol Pork Grenades would be a better deterrent — Islamic martyrs are denied entrance to heaven if they show up at the gate smelling like a pig. Denial of The Big Payoff removes a certain cachet from acts of voluntary self-destruction.

– Frank Zappa, Peter Occhiogrosso, “The Real Frank Zappa Book”, Touchstone Books, ISBN0-671-70572-5, First Touchstone Edition 1999 (archived).

From Conservative Musicians

For example, when being called an Anarchist by John Lofton of the London Times, Zappa responded, “No, I’m a Conservative and you might not like that!”

1985 letter to his fans.

1986 in CNN “Crossfire”, with John Lofton

With Larry King

Frank Zappa – Lost Interview – McCarthy, Elvis & Racism, on high scool years

A socialist viwe on Zappa:

The Mothers Of Invention were a superb political band, challenging flower power idealism with an acuteness that still cuts today. Not since Bertolt Brecht’s collaborations with Kurt Weill had popular forms been injected with such splenetic indignation. However, examination of the lyrics of ‘Trouble Every Day’–a song about the Watts riots of 1965–shows Zappa fearful rather than celebratory. Zappa uses the liberal strategy of calling for reforms in order to prevent mass insurrection. On the other hand, the mere mention of the riots in a pop song was a breakthrough..

A Marxist understanding of art should be more than a balance sheet of political positions on various preordained topics. In 1979 Zappa’s song ‘Bobby Brown’–an outrageously indecent account of the supposed psychological and sexual effects of women’s liberation on the American male–was a top ten hit in Norway. A couple of years later it hit again in Germany. Why? It had become a cult record in gay discos. Analysis of the lyrics could show that Zappa’s sexual politics are mainly paranoid fantasy (and dubious fantasy at that), but gays took to the song because it mentioned aspects of S&M culture–it could be used by an oppressed minority.

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