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Album Review

An uneven, nearly all-live double-record set, Tinseltown Rebellion mixes new material and versions of Zappa oldies like "Love of My Life," "I Ain't Got No Heart," "Tell Me You Love Me," "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," and a reworked "Peaches en Regalia," titled "Peaches III." These songs, as well as the band's stellar instrumental work, provide the album's best moments. Elsewhere, the title track is an only partially accurate satire of punk; Zappa's intentionally smarmy crowd banter is featured on "Dance Contest" and "Panty Rap," the latter a bit involving the collection of female audience members' underwear. More problematic is the sometimes violent sexual juvenilia of songs like "Fine Girl," "Easy Meat," "Pick Me, I'm Clean," and "Bamboozled by Love"; if, as Zappa insisted, this part of his oeuvre simply mixes dumb fun and satire of both sexes' peccadillos, with no underlying misogyny, it's rather difficult to tell.

Customer Reviews


Has some great new material. Also great versions of older material, Bamboozled, Brown Shoes and Peaches III. Panty Rap is one of the best zappa monologues recorded. Just try counting out the meter he is talking in...if only Vai had transcribed the rhythms for that one. Also great vinnie colaiuta

One of Zappa's best - and most underrated - albums

If anyone should dare venture into Zappa's experimental, guitar-driven, and rapidly maturing 80's career, Tinsel Town is a good a place as any to start. This 1981 gem marked a new peak in the musical prowess of FZ himself, an era in which intricate vocal harmonies, comedy, monster dynaflanged guitar outings and a tight-as-all-hell backing band ruled the majority of his efforts. And there is some of the previous for everyone in this record. Those looking for vocal gymnastics will be satisfied with tracks such as "Fine Girl" and "Love Of My Life." Those seeking FZ's hilarity will enjoy "Panty Rap" and "Dance Contest." Those looking for guitar work will be more than pleased: Zappa delivers absolutely searing solos in "Easy Meat", "Bamboozled...", "Pick Me..." and "Now You See Me..." (The first being my personal favorite released FZ guitar outing ever). And then, there are the crazy, beautifully complex Zappa instrumentals like 'Blue Light" and "Peaches III". A definite buy for anyone wanting to experience all of what made Zappa his stunning, genius self in one album.

Long Live FZ

One of His Best!!!


Born: December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were not...
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