Here’s One For the Rapture: Frank Zappa’s “Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk”

In honor of another Harold Camping Production in which he gets the End Times spectacularly wrong yet again, here’s Frank Zappa and his incredible 1988 band playing “Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk,” one of the absolute showstoppers from what turned out to be his final tour (Note: 1984 was originally supposed to be Zappa’s last tour, but with the possibilities afforded by the Synclavier and of course the electoral scene in 1988, he mounted what I’ve called the $400,000 Bath; I’ll always be grateful for that further tour, though, because along the way he returned to music he hadn’t played in years if ever, with the most almighty band I’ve yet heard. That band could literally do anything, and Zappa truly put them through their paces). BTW, the version of “Lonesome Cowboy Jim” from the Stage series was recorded in Pgh., and the roar from that audience still doesn’t quite all fit in digital form; I had never actually fallen off my seat laughing before—until that night.

Anyway, memory aside, here’s the performance. Happy Raptureween, everybody! And as all FZ fans love to say, it’s time to CRANK SOME FRANK. He’d want us to, especially on days like today. Cheers, all.

Advertisements

About johnwylam1957

I'm a poet and teacher now living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This entry was posted in Re: Music. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s