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One Size Fits All

Isis - 14-11-2005 at 02:59

Over-Nite Sensation meets Apostrophe (') and Roxy & Elsewhere in a crack den, and then some. This is one of my favourite Zappa albums ever. I've seen it dismissed as mundane, but it's a special album. Intricate, fun, thought provoking and exceedingly well executed by one of Zappa's greatest bands. Not a weak track in sight.

Favourite songs:

Inca Roads (replete with my favourite Zappa solo)
Can't Afford No Shoes
Po-Jama People
San B'erdino
Andy

Your thoughts on this exemplary collection of Zappa compositions?

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 10:24

It is indeed a wonderful album, one of Zappas best I agree....

BBP - 14-11-2005 at 13:24

I only recently discovered it. The sound of Can't Afford No Shoes at the beginning, especially the phrase "News? What news?" proved too much for my head. Just a month or two ago, I started listening to this album. I love it now, Andy is one of my favorite Zappa-tracks.

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 17:26

Its wierd because when I discovered this it was an instant classic, got into it straight away....Strange how some albums click instantly with some people and not with others....Sheik is another example, wasnt too into it at first yet others cream over it from the get go....

BBP - 14-11-2005 at 18:02

I loved Sheik from the first go... and Thing-Fish, which some people can't get used to.

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 18:03

Yeah, I loved Thing Fish from the first time too....Sheik I love now, but it took me a while, as I think Ive discussed elsewhere on this forum.....

BBP - 14-11-2005 at 18:08

Some tracks take me some time too... I still don't like San Berdino.

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 18:11

Beefheart on harmonice though, thats gotta be a plus point! And Johnny Guitar Watson of course!!I have to admit, Im hard pushed to find a least favourite track......Maybe Pojama People?But I like it all.....

Puptent - 14-11-2005 at 18:15

I like One Size Fits All a whole lot, I don't think there are any weak tracks on that one. The singing never really bothered me.

I'm not a big fan of the Sheik, to be honest. It's a decent album, but it wouldn't make my FZ top 10. Never understood why 'Bobby Brown' is one of FZ's most popular tunes, sounds like something he wrote on a (black) napkin in 5 minutes.

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 18:18

I agree Pup....Wouldnt be in my top ten either....

BBP - 14-11-2005 at 18:23

I don't really like Bobby either... makes me feel sleepy.

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 18:26

I mean, its funny and all, but there are definitely better songs on SY.....Its the novelty of Bobby Brown and the "shocking" lyrics that make it notorious...

BBP - 14-11-2005 at 18:37

I'm rarely too shocked by Zappa's lyrics, more amused or bewildered. A lot of times I can't even make out the words.

Pappawas1975 - 14-11-2005 at 18:38

I know what you mean, but you know what these outsiders are like, they cant even believe someone would even contemplate lyrics such as BBGD....I know what you mena though, to us they become nothing shocking.....

BBP - 14-11-2005 at 18:43

Or understandable... I often don't get slang. Once someone called me a stoner and I didn't know how to react.

Puptent - 14-11-2005 at 18:53

I think the most offensive tunes in the FZ catalogue are probably "The Illinois Enema Bandit", "Suicide Chump" and "Magdalena". Not that they personally offend me, but some might consider it to be in poor taste to make fun of rape victims or suicide cases.

Interestingly enough, none of these tunes made the 'Have I Offended Someone?' compilation.

[Edited on 14-11-2005 by Puptent]

BBP - 15-11-2005 at 00:33

I agree on Illinois. Chump offensive? Nah. Magdalena may be shocking, but not offensive. The only Zappa-tune that really upset me lyrically was Motherly Love.

Pappawas1975 - 15-11-2005 at 20:28

But, to those who arent familiar with the subject matter, you could say that You Are What You Is is offensive, due to the use of the word nigger.....If you look at it, there are alot of Zappas songs that could offend, for example Ben Watson in Negative Dialectics gets really upset about Jumbo Go Away.....

BBP - 15-11-2005 at 21:47

...I never understood the lyrics to Jumbo... Must've missed that bit in Dialects...

Pappawas1975 - 17-11-2005 at 11:58

Ben Watson gets all upset because it depicts women getting hit....( in the song by Denny Walley )....As I remember, its brought up towards the end in his interview with Frank.....

mutronboy - 17-11-2005 at 14:38

One Size Fits All is my number one top fave

I used to use it for hi-fi demo when I sold stereos from 74-78
(I also used Grand Wazoo..the Aussie pressing was awesome)

When I demoed the large Cerwin-Vega tower speakers with Sofa No. 1...the bass was astonishing

You can almost tell how good the production was on the Au20 version

For me, the mid '70's was the peak as far as record production (before it all went glassy & digital)

Listen to The Tubes 'Young & Rich' or 'Crime of the Century' for other examples

scallopino - 22-11-2005 at 04:14

Inca Roads is one of my all time favourite pieces of music.

The rolling riff. The absurd lyrics. Chester and Ruth's amazing patterns. Frank's solo. etc. etc.

yoko - 7-4-2006 at 16:23

Quote:
Originally posted by scallopino
Inca Roads is one of my all time favourite pieces of music.

The rolling riff. The absurd lyrics. Chester and Ruth's amazing patterns. Frank's solo. etc. etc.


one of the bests in my list too,
pojama people solo, love it,
sofa 1 though i prefer the ziny version

BBP - 4-6-2007 at 15:35

Quote:
Originally posted by BBP
I agree on Illinois. Chump offensive? Nah. Magdalena may be shocking, but not offensive. The only Zappa-tune that really upset me lyrically was Motherly Love.


Come to think of it, maybe the Planet of Baritone Women.

BBP - 14-6-2007 at 21:31

Ah bloody spammers!

BBP - 17-6-2007 at 12:18

Once more typing a new message... just to get the spammers out of here...

BBP - 29-6-2007 at 19:40

Yet again typing here just to get rid of the spammer link.

Jakeobs - 15-6-2008 at 06:04

Another GREAT album from start to finish. Every song is awesome.

scallopino - 15-6-2008 at 12:47

When I heard ZPZ play 'Andy' last November in Melbourne chills went up my spine.