New Frank Zappa compilation “Understanding America” arrives with 25-minute version of “Porn Wars”


Hey, lookee here: A new Frank Zappa two-disc compilation has arrived, and it even contains some previously unreleased material—or at least reworked versions of some old Zappa classics. Called Understanding America, it purports to be “one of only three compilation albums produced and titled by FZ himself,” according to the press release. As far as we can tell, however, this is the first time any Zappa release has come out under the title Understanding America, so maybe a zombie Zappa is behind the whole thing. It did come out the day before Halloween.

The centerpiece of the album seems to be a new version of “Porn Wars,” a 1985 track that included samples of Zappa’s infamous Senate testimony protesting Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center. The new version, called “Porn Wars Deluxe,” is 25 minutes long, so if you really can’t get enough of Uncle Frank waxing statesmanlike over the dangers of censorship, you better go out and get yourself a copy.

After the tracklist, Frank’s widow Gail Zappa has some words for all our American readers about the importance of registering to vote. Especially all you lady Americans. Do any ladies read this site? If so, let us know, won’t you? The reader comments can be a bit of a bro-fest.

UNDERSTANDING AMERICA DISC 1

1.         Hungry Freaks, Daddy
2.         Plastic People
3.         Mom & Dad
4.         It Can’t Happen Here
5.         Who Are The Brain Police?
6.         Who Needs The Peace Corps?
7.         Brown Shoes Don’t Make It
8.         Concentration Moon
9.         Trouble Every Day
10.       You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here
11.       We’re Turning Again
12.       Road Ladies
13.       What Kind Of Girl Do You Think We Are
14.       Camarillo Brillo
15.       Find Her Finer
16.       Dinah-Moe Humm
17.       Disco Boy
18.       200 Years Old

UNDERSTANDING AMERICA DISC 2

1.         I’m The Slime
2.         Be In My Video
3.         I Don’t Even Care
4.         Can’t Afford No Shoes
5.         Heavenly Bank Account
6.         Cocaine Decisions
7.         Dumb All Over
8.         Promiscuous
9.         Thing-Fish Intro
10.       The Central Scrutinizer
11.       Porn Wars Deluxe
12.       Tinseltown Rebellion
13.       Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk

Over to you, Gail:

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Posted on November 1, 2012, in Weird News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. May not be a girl, but I am a crossdresser and mayhaps genderqueer. :P

  2. Yes, this is the first time any Zappa release has come out under the title Understanding America, but no zombiezappa is behind it. FZ had produced/compiled/titled many albums that were not yet released before he died. This is (like many before released by the ZFT) one of them.

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