The Mothers Are Freaking Out
(Come on get it now)
The brotherly and other-ly love
Is just the thing for you
You know your Mothers’ gonna love ya
Till ya don’t know what to do
What is “freaking out”
“On a personal level, Freaking Out is a CREATIVELY his relationship to his way of thinking and FEELING as creatively through music or dance, dressed in their most inspired HEARS this music to join…” FZ
“On a personal level, Freaking Out is a process whereby an individual casts off outmoded and restricting standards of thinking, dress, and social etiquette in order to express creatively his relationship to his immediate environment and the social structure as a whole.” FZ
Freak Out! was released June 27, 1966 with the band’s name changed to The Mothers of Invention, a name Zappa chose in favor of MGM’s original suggested name, “The Mothers Auxiliary.”
The album’s back cover included a “letter” from Zappa-created fictional character Suzy Creamcheese (who also appears on the album itself), which read:
“These Mothers is crazy. You can tell by their clothes. One guy wears beads and they all smell bad. We were gonna get them for a dance after the basketball game but my best pal warned me you can never tell how many will show up…sometimes the guy in the fur coat doesn’t show up and sometimes he does show up only he brings a big bunch of crazy people with him and they dance all over the place. None of the kids at my school like these Mothers…specially since my teacher told us what the words to their songs meant. Sincerely forever,” Suzy Creamcheese, Salt Lake City, Utah
Frank Zappa is the leader and musical director of THE MOTHERS of invention. His performances in person with the group are rare. His personality is so repellent that it’s best he stay away…for the sake of impresionable young minds who might not be prepared to cope with him. When he does show up he performs on the guitar. Sometimes he sings. Sometimes he talks to the audience. Sometimes there is trouble
“I’d like to clean you boys up a bit and mold you. I believe I could make you as big as “the Turtles” a noted L.A Disc Jockey
The Mothers of Invention
Mother Ray Collings: Lead vocalist, harmonica, tambourine, finger symbals, bobby pin & tweezers
Mother Jim Black: Drums (also sings in some foreign language) “What the h….you gonna do with all those drums at 1:00 in the morning?” Herbie Cohen, March 1966 (our manager)
Mother Roy Estrada: Bass & guitarron; boy soprano
Mother Elliot Ingber: Alternate lead & rhythm guitar with clear white light
“Suzie Creamcheese, what’s got into you?”
Because the text was printed in a typeface resembling typewriter lettering, some people thought that Suzy Creamcheese was real, and many listeners expected to see her in concert performances. Because of this, it was decided that “it would be best to bring along a Suzy Creamcheese replica who would demonstrate once and for all the veracity of such a beast.” Because the original voice of Suzy Creamcheese, Jeannie Vassoir, was unavailable, Pamela Lee Zarubica took over the part
1. “Hungry Freaks, Daddy” 3:32 “This song has no message”
2. “I Ain’t Got No Heart” 2:34 “is a summary of my feelings in social sexual relationships”
3. “Who Are the Brain Police?” 3:25
4. “Go Cry on Somebody Else’s Shoulder” Frank Zappa and Ray Collins 3:43 “is very greasy”
5. “Motherly Love” 2:50 “body commercial for the band”
6. “How Could I Be Such a Fool?” 2:16 “A Motown Waltz”
7. “Wowie Zowie” 2:55 “Little Richards said he liked it”
8. “You Didn’t Try to Call Me” 3:21 A Pamela Lee Zarubica story
9. “Any Way the Wind Blows” 2:55 “Right down your Alley”
10. “I’m Not Satisfied” 2:41
11. “You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here” 3:41
12. “Trouble Every Day” 5:53 “About the Watts Riot”
The Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion)took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965. The six-day riot resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage.
The report identified the root causes of the riots to be high unemployment, poor schools, and other inferior living conditions for African Americans in Watts.
13. “Help, I’m a Rock (Suite in Three Movements) “Dedicated to Elvis Presley”
I. Okay to Tap Dance
II. In Memoriam, Edgar Varèse
III. It Can’t Happen Here” 8:37
14. “The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet (Unfinished Ballet in Two Tableaux)
I. Ritual Dance of the Child-Killers
II. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)” 12:22 “A bright snappy number; Hotcha!
Early US pressings of the album included a blurb for a “Freak Out Hot Spots!” map. Inside the gatefold jacket the small ad was aimed at people coming to visit Los Angeles and it listed several famous restaurants and clubs including Canter’s and The Whiskey A Go-Go. The ad also claimed information concerning police arrests. It states: “Also shows where the heat has been busting frequently, with tips on safety in police terror situations”.
Zappa quotes a negative review of the album by Pete Johnson of the Los Angeles Times, who wrote:
“I guess you might call it surrealistic paintings set to music. Not content to record just two sides of musical gibberish, the MOI devote four full sides to their type of ‘artistry.’ If anyone owns this album, perhaps he can tell me what in hell is going on…The Mothers of Invention, a talented but warped quintet, have fathered an album poetically entitled Freak Out, which could be the greatest stimulus to the aspirin industry since the income tax”
“No commercial potential” A very important man at Columbia Records
Freak Out! was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, ranked at number 243 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2003, and featured in the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was named as one of Classic Rock magazine’s “50 Albums That Built Prog Rock”.
Nature’s been good
To this here band
Don’t ever think we’re shy
Send us up some little groupies
And we’ll take their hands
And rock ‘em till they sweat and cry
“The present day composer refuses to die”, Edgar Varèse, July 1921
Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse; December 22, 1883 – November 6, 1965) was an innovative French-born composer who spent the greater part of his career in the United States.
Varèse’s music emphasizes timbre and rhythm. He was the inventor of the term “organized sound”, a phrase meaning that certain timbres and rhythms can be grouped together, sublimating into a whole new definition of music.
Although his complete surviving works only last about three hours, he has been recognised as an influence by several major composers of the late 20th century. His use of new instruments and electronic resources led to his being known as the “Father of Electronic Music” while Henry Miller described him as “The stratospheric Colossus of Sound”.
“I think it’s really tragic when people get serious about stuff. It’s such an absurdity to take anything really seriously … I make an honest attempt not to take anything seriously: I worked that attitude out about the time I was eighteen, I mean, what does it all mean when you get right down to it, what’s the story here? Being alive is so weird.” FZ
Frank Vincent Zappa (21 December 1940 – 4 December 1993) was an American musician, composer and satirist.
“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.” FZ
“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best…” FZ
“I’ll tell you what classical music is, for those of you who don’t know. Classical music is this music that was written by a bunch of dead people a long time ago. And it’s formula music, the same as top forty music is formula music. In order to have a piece be classical, it has to conform to academic standards that were the current norms of that day and age … I think that people are entitled to be amused, and entertained. If they see deviations from this classical norm, it’s probably good for their mental health.” FZ
“The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.” FZ
“A wise man once said, “never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment.” FZ
freak out – vb (adverb) – Informal
To be or cause to be in a heightened emotional state, such as that of fear, anger, or excitement
“The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else’s life.” FZ