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Weird Still Spills: Stella Mozgawa Of Warpaint's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , September 7th, 2016 09:21

The Warpaint drummer and prolific collaborator goes from Pharoah Sanders to Joni Mitchell via Steely Dan, Chaka Khan and Primus in collecting her top 13 albums, choosing those that "had altered the course of my life"


The Mothers Of Invention – Uncle Meat
I was probably 12 or 13 when I first heard Zappa. I was on a holiday in Poland with my folks and a family friend, a guy who was probably 18 at the time, knew that I was really into Tool and Primus. He took his best shot at introducing me to some shit he thought I might like. I walked out with ten CD-Rs and I gave each one of them a good Aussie go. I can't for the life of me remember what the other eight were, but there was an Einstürzende Neubauten record (pretty bold!) and Sheik Yerbouti by Frank Zappa. I fell in love immediately. I thought it was so clever, so naughty and so funny, perfect for my 13-year-old tomboy humor. Listening to the record was like watching an X-rated episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I can't say that I ever truly connected to it on a musical level, and it took me a few Zappa records to really find that sweet spot. Uncle Meat is my all-time favourite. The front cover is a perfect example of the music: it's grotesque and random, a Dadaist collage. Orchestral jams collide with tape manipulation, it often sounds like a monkey mashing a MIDI keyboard with instruments chosen at random. I love it. Almost every song, the drums are sped up and have this awesome, urgent tone. 'Prelude To King Kong' is my favourite Zappa-does-jazz track and 'Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague' is the song I like to play to people who think they hate Zappa (you don't hate Zappa…).