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Happy Birthday, Frank Zappa!

He saw the future and he brought us there.
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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

1973SepOver-Nite Sensation

1974- Apostrophe 

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- Guitar 

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. 

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