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A Beginner’s Guide to Frank Zappa

on June 27, 2016, 4:45pm

“Hungry Freaks, Daddy”

Album: Freak Out!
Label: Verve Records
Year: 1966

Why not begin with the first track on Zappa’s first album fronting The Mothers Of Invention? This song lays the foundation for a large portion of FZ’s work from this time period, glorifying the strange personalities of the Laurel Canyon freaks (and in this case, specifically the legendary L.A. freak Carl Franzoni), people not afraid to be a bit out there and yet still far removed from the media’s upcoming portrayal of the hippie counterculture. A great little song that was likely misunderstood as an anthem-of-sorts for the multitudes of dropouts descending on Haight Ashbury, it’s one that wouldn’t be out of place on a playlist full of Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service tunes.