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When Worlds Collide: A Very Special Evening Of Frank Zappa Music with The Muffin Men & 10:10 Ensemble

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 25 February 2001

The present-day composer refuses to die, according to Edgard Varese, a man with legendary eyebrows. He also influenced the guy whose music an eager bunch of resurrectionists revived in the Paul McCartney Auditorium. The Liverpool based-band The Muffin Men and the classical Ensemble 10:10 came together to re-create some of the compositions Zappa produced in his thirty-odd creative years of genre-hopping and -spanning. Anyone hoping for songs about guys with spindles up their butts, dental floss or hungry freaks daddy will have been disappointed but, judging by the audience’s enthusiasm and good-humour, disappointment wasn’t even in the auditorium. And I only heard one guy shout about not eating yellow snow.

The Muffin Men, a six piece, kicked off with selections mostly from 1969/70 material: “Chunga’s Revenge”, “Peaches en Regalia” and “Son Of Mr Green Genes” were all given a dusting off, reminding

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Burnt Friedman – Plays Love Songs

Label: Nonplace Format: CD

Burnt Friedman Plays Love SongsAhh, Burnt, you have done it again, wooing the worlds of the cocktail-spping Lounge devil and Electronica studio boffin alike with your splendid charms, equally divided between raunch and drum roll science. How long before the Galactic Prize For Extreme Cleverness will have the name B.Friedman inscribed upon it’s shining sides?

This is not a piss-take – Plays Love Songs really is that good a record, and not just for the technical shenanigans, the easy-seeming complexity of the interaction between programming and live sounds, the conjuration of virtual bands and arch-weirdness. It’s for all of the above, and more. Humour is to be valued in music – Zappa was right to pose the question, but it’s a shame

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