The Mothers of Invention, Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 12.18.11 in Reviews

Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Frank Zappa

As the darkly comic evisceration victim on the cover would imply, Weasels Ripped My Flesh is Frank Zappa and crew gleefully ripping through odd time signatures and bent melodies in a particularly heavy and sinister fashion. A mix of live and studio gems, Weasels is most notable for the herky-jerky ostinatos of “Didya Get Any Onya?” and “Toad of the Short Forest” that predate the mathy thud of prog-metal (“At this very moment on stage, we have drummer A playing in 7/8, drummer B playing in 3/4, the bass playing in 3/4, the organ playing in 5/8, the tambourine playing in 3/4 and the alto sax blowing his nose”). Not that Weasels is short on melody: Little Richard’s “Directly From My Heart to You” is reverently covered via Don “Sugar Cane” Harris’s vocals and howling electric violin.