To the wildly talented, incredibly prolific Frank Zappa who was decades ahead of his time - Happy Birthday. He left us too soon on December 4, 1993 at just 53.
Here's a short take from his first TV appearance in 1963.
Here's one of his earliest videos with the Mothers of Invention from 1968:
Warning: Zappa's discography may bring on self-loathing and make you feel lazy, or you may find it incredibly motivating.
Zappa started out with just one album and then went on to release two, even three albums in a year:
1966 - Freak Out!
1967- Absolutely Free
1967 - Lumpy Gravy
1968 - We're Only in It for the Money
1968 - Cruising with Ruben & the Jets
1969 - Uncle Meat
1969 - Hot Rats
1970 - Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970 - Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1970 - Chunga's Revenge
1971 - AugFillmore East
1971 - 200 Motels
1972 - Just Another Band from L.A.
1972 - Waka/Jawaka
1972 - The Grand Wazoo
1974 - Roxy & Elsewhere
1975 - One Size Fits All
1975 - Bongo Fury
1976 - Zoot Allures
1978 - Zappa in New York
1978 - Studio Tan
1979 - Sleep Dirt
1979 - Sheik Yerbouti
1979 - Orchestral Favorites
1979 - Joe's Garage Act I
1979 - Joe's Garage Acts II & III
1981 - Tinsel Town Rebellion
1981 - Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
1981 - Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More
1981 - Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
1981 - You Are What You Is
1982 - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
1983 - The Man from Utopia
1983 - Baby Snakes
1983 - London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I
1984 - Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
1984 - Them or Us
1984 - Thing-Fish
1984 - Francesco Zappa
1984 - The Old Masters, Box I
1985 - Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
1986 - Does Humor Belong in Music?
1986 - The Old Masters, Box II
1968 - Jazz from Hell
1987 - London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II
1987 - The Old Masters, Box III
1988 - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
1988 - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
1988 - Broadway the Hard Way
1989- You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3
1991 - The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
1991 - Make a Jazz Noise Here
1991 - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4
1992 - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
1992 - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6
1992 - Playground Psychotics
1993 - Ahead of Their Time
1993 - The Yellow Shark
To get a look at his gear, check out this comprehensive list.
Thank you to the anonymous fan for posting this in-depth gear list on Angelfire.