The Franklinton Zappas are a new cosmic team for the 1997 season. They compete in the Cosmic Under League. The Zappas consist of the first 25 albums that the American composer and rock musician Frank Zappa released. The album/players cover the years from 1966 to 1979.


Francis Vincent Zappa (1940-1993), an iconoclastic and irreverent citizen released over 50 albums during his life and in the process earned the respect of those who care and appreciate music. Michael Walsh wrote in Time magazine shortly after Zappa's death that "[Zappa] was the most protean and adventurous American composer of his generation." Early in life, Zappa was influenced by modern musical theories and composers. The tale of his telephone call, when Zappa was fifteen, to the composer Edgar Varese is well-known in Zappa lore.

In addition to his musical talents, Zappa had a biting and satirical social wit that took aim at all pretense from the hypocrisy of American politics to the mindlessness of the hippie's ethics. He constantly encouraged his listeners to register to vote, to participate in the democracy. He was an active, visible, and vocal spokesman against censorship of any kind. He testified in the 1980s before the United States Congress against a planned rating system for music albums.

A creative soul, Zappa arrogantly but accurately described his work when he wrote: "My music makes the mind think."







There are many Zappa resources on the World Wide Web. Several sites are listed here. Most of these sites contain excellent updated links. Others contain useful and interesting information about Zappa, his music, his activism, or other related information.






Each album/player is linked to the lyrics to songs found on the album. The link is to a site running on the WWW server at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam. Known as St. Alphonzo's Pancake Homepage for Zappa Fans it is maintained by Robbert Heederik. CBA would like to extend our grateful thanks to Mr. Heederik for his painstaking efforts.

The list of musicians and song lists have been adapted from the alt.fan.frank-zappa Frequently Asked Questions document maintained by Vinksu Chandrasekhar. The January 18, 1995 edition of that FAQ was used. CBA thanks Mr. Chandrasekhar for his research efforts.




Freak Out

Pitcher



Released: July, 1966

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Song List





Absolutely Free

Catcher



Released: April, 1967

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Song List





Lumpy Gravy

Firstbase



Released: December, 1967

Musicians

The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra & Chorus:



Song List





We're Only In It For the Money

Secondbase



Released: February, 1968

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Song List





Cruisin' with Ruben and the Jets

Thirdbase



Released: November, 1968

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Song List





Uncle Meat

Shortstop



Released: March, 1969

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Song List


Mothermania

Leftfield



Released: April, 1969

Song List





Hot Rats

Centerfield



Released: October, 1969

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Song List





Burnt Weeny Sandwich

Rightfield



Released: December, 1969

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Song List





Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Pitcher



Released: August, 1970

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Song List





Chunga's Revenge

Pitcher



Released: October, 1970

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Song List





Fillmore East-June, 1971

Pitcher



Released: August, 1971

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Song List





200 Motels

Pitcher



Released: October, 1971

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Song List





Just Another Band from L.A.

Pitcher



Released: March, 1972

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Song List





Waka/Jawaka

Pitcher



Released: July, 1972

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Song List





Grand Wazoo

Pitcher



Released: November, 1972

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Song List





Over-Nite Sensation

Pitcher



Released: September, 1973

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Song List





Apostrophe

Pitcher



Released: March, 1974

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Song List


Roxy and Elsewhere

Infield



Released: September, 1974

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Song List





One Size Fits All

Outfield



Released: June, 1975

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Song List


Bongo Fury

Infield



Released: October, 1975

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Song List





Zoot Allures

Outfield



Released: October, 1976

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Song List


Zappa In New York

Infield



Released: March, 1978

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Song List





Studio Tan

Outfield



Released: September, 1978

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Song List





Sleep Dirt

Catcher/Infield



Released: January, 1979

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Song List







Edgar Varese

Field Manager





Ahmet Zappa

Coach





Diva Zappa

Coach





Dweezil Zappa

Coach





Moon Unit Zappa

Coach





Gail Zappa

General Manager





Frank Zappa

Owner





Zappadrome

Home Field






1997 Franklinton Zappas Roster
URL http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/97fzr.html
Published: March 5, 1997
Revised: August 27, 1997; March 17, 2000
Email: editor@cosmicbaseball.com

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