Friday, July 27, 2007

Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)

Perhaps best known for its cover art, in which Neon Park takes Roy Lichtenstein to the woodshed and then some, this one comes from the heart of Frank Zappa's pastiche-and-go period. Though arguably spotty, the memorable moments arrive fast and furious, whether it's Little Richard made bombastic by way of Sugarcane Harris's monster electric violin on "Directly From My Heart to You"; or one of Zappa's best and oft-used tunes here made into the sweetly sarcastic mockery of "Oh No"; or the lovely and beguiling wah-wah permutations of his guitar turn on "The Orange County Lumber Truck." The title song? Two minutes of blistering white noise. Sing along: "Rzzzzz!"

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