Il Mucchio Selvaggio


Il Mucchio Selvaggio ("The Wild Bunch") was a music and cinema monthly founded in 1977. EXTRA was their special issue published quarterly. Il Muccio Salvaggio was started in October 1977 as a monthly publication, became weekly in 1996, returned to monthly in 2005 and finally ceased in 2018.

1980 January

No. 26


By Daniele Ghisoni, p 34

 Automatic translation: Zappa in Italy is known for his bizarre and extravagances, his continuous outrage towards modern institutions, his concerts full of madness, always unpredictable and provocative. But do you realize the real importance of an artist like Zappa in the development of all the music of the last 15 years? (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1981 July / August

No. 43


Frank Zappa - Tinsel Town Rebellion
By Maurizio Petitti, p 4

 Automatic translation: For now let's say that the record has not completely satisfied us, that we find it a little repetitive. But this feeling of having already been heard is perhaps forgivable (justifiable?) (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1981 September

No. 44


Rock posters advert. No more FZ content in this issue. 


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1982 April

No. 51


By Maurizio Bianchini, p 17

 Some Italian books on Zappa reviewed. The highest praise received Frank Zappa by Riccardo Bertoncelli. As the worst one the book by "El Topo" was named.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1982 May

No. 52


By Maurizio Bianchini, p 26

 Zappa (E' piu' duro di tuo marito) by Massimo Bassoli reviewed.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1982 September

No. 55


Frank Zappa "Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch"
By Maurizio Petitti, 1 p

 Automatic translation: Zappa continues to churn out records with impressive continuity and relentless speed. And in all this impressive material printed on vinyl he manages not to bore; maybe to make it unpleasant, but never to make us hope that this vinyl tide will subside. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1983 April

No. 63


Frank Zappa "The Man From Utopia"
By Maurizio Bianchini, 1 p

 Automatic translation: Let's start with the title: The Man of Utopia. Nothing to do, of course. with the Zappa himself. The type is one of those who have always laughed beautifully at utopias, palingenesis and messianic expectations. Could there be, then, according to the character's habits, "a subtle desecrating intent", or even a "controversial vein discovery?" (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1984 November

No. 82


Frank Zappa naviga gli ottanta (Frank Zappa sails into the eighties)
By Paolo Bertrando, pp 14-17, 59

Frank Zappa "Them Or Us"
By Paolo Bertrando, p 54

Automatic translation: With age (weapons are 43 years old), Frank Zappa has become consolidated. Having abandoned the role of the aggressive jester, he began to wear white shirts, to appear impeccable, to give dry and cold interviews like algebraic theorems. And he has continued, of course, to write, arrange, play and publish music, perhaps to a greater extent than ever; just at the age when the typical rock artist tends to rest on his laurels and hang his guitar on the nail - or, if he doesn't, he is warmly advised. But for Zappa such speeches are not valid. So much so that in the last five years he has produced nine official works, for a total of fifteen discs, without counting an endless harvest of semi-authorized or clandestine publications. (read more)

Source: , Fulvio Fiore


1985 January

No. 84


Boulez Conducts Zappa "The Perfect Stranger"
By Maurizio Favot, p 63

 Google translation: In reality, Zappa's usual desecrating sarcasm, expressed this time by the funny little squares mentioned above, must not mislead, nor must it deceive the definition of style proposed by the Baltimore musician ("Pre-posterously non-modern, let alone!): here we get serious and in order to sketch an analysis of the new Zappian compositions, it is necessary to bother illustrious names and crucial phases of contemporary musical events. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1985 March

No. 86


Frank Zappa "Thing-Fish"
By Marco Del Vecchio, p 68

 Automatic translation: 'Thing-Fish' is the diabolical work of a servant of Satan; it is the light-hearted method with which the Zappian allegory continues to survive. A triple album, somewhat difficult to find, where the guitar ardor of "Them Or Us" gets "screwed" (just to stay in jargon) to give way to an incredibly cultured musical writing, not at all moderate and .. unorthodox. (read more


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1986 May

No. 100


Frank Zappa "Does Humour Belong In Music?"
By Steve Soriano, p 27

 Automatic translation: And we got there! Even the old, dear uncle Frank comes out on CD, but that's not enough: this live collection by the Californian guitarist is only available on CD, because the homonymous video contains different songs (it is, of course, at this point, that the most avid Zappian fans will have already purchased both products). (read more


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1986 September

No. 104


Zapp! Vita, vizi, miracoli di Frank Zappa
By Cetti Spadaro, p 34

 Review of the Italian translation of the book by Michael Gray Mother! The Frank Zappa Story.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 September

No. 128


Frank Zappa
By Stefano Ronzani, pp 8-9

 Automatic translation: We met him on the occasion of his recent "Broadway The Hard Way", a tour that included a group of eleven elements, including Ike Willis, Bobby Martin and Bruce Fowler, and a repertoire of 106 songs (according to him) including the Republican Retrospective Medley where the Watergate-song "Dickie's Such An Asshole", addressed to Nixon, stands out. (read more

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1988 December

No. 131


Frank Zappa "Broadway The Hard Way"
By Stefano Ronzani, p 70

 Automatic translation: FRANK ZAPPA: Broadway The Hard Way (Barking Punking) - By dint of picking on the Zappians, you remain imprisoned in the canvas of the old Frank. There is no particular reason to buy his latest work except that it is live (last tour dd 1988), that those who play it have heads and balls, that there is no trace of banality, that it is not verbose, that it's funny and I mean ... he will bury us all with the excuse of inviting us to these audiophonic parties.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1990 February

No. 133


Short Talks
By Max Stefani, 1 p

 Automatic translation: I think the music of the 50s is really good. I suspect it is much better than what can be found now. Not with respect to production but with respect to content. A good believable song compared to someone's girlfriend, how they split up - a sincere one - is better than the twenty British rock albums that have ever been produced. Or better than a hundred albums made in the studio in L.A. with the rinse of an acoustic guitar. Have you ever heard of Edna from the Medallions? (FRANK ZAPPA to the question: "Is there anything you like about the 1950s?")

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1990 December

No. 155


30 grandi incontri (30 great encounters)
Frank Zappa incontra le Plaster Casters

By Frank Zappa, p 48

This article is translated from Spin, August 1990. It contains an excerpt from The Real Frank Zappa Book.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1992 October

No. 177


Frank Zappa "Unmitigated Audacity"
By Stefano Ronzani, p 72

  Automatic translation: It's hard to find anything 'definitive' among Zappa's bootlegs. Furthermore, there is the aggravating circumstance that he too has put his hand in the rubble and therefore the only one is to make a wild pile of it with the best and fish with his eyes closed. In this case, fate was more than a friend to us (even if the sound performance is not flawless) and we took one in which Uncle Frank has a lot of fun harassing Napoleon Murphy, forcing him to vocal sorties in half was the cabaret and the infantile dirge. (read more

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1993 January

No. 180


Frank Zappa"Playground Psychotics"
By Giancarlo Susanna, p 71

  Automatic translation: Double CD with unreleased material (!), Playground Psychotics belongs to the incredible corpus of Frank Zappa's work, a work so frenetic and all-encompassing that it scares even the wildest fan. Try to browse the Zappiano catalog included in this package and you will have an idea of ​​what we are writing. (read more)  

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1993 July / August

No. 186


Magzine ad

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1994 January

No. 192


Full page picture as an obituary

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1994 February

No. 193


Various Artists "Zappa's Universe"
By Giancarlo Susanna, p 71

  Automatic translation: Published before the master's death, Zappa's Universeis the testimony on CD of an event conceived by Joel Thome, composer and orchestra conductor, to celebrate the twenty-five-year career of the brilliant American musician. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1994 September

No. 200


Frank Zappa "Apocrypha"
By Stefano Ronzani, p 85

Automatic translation: It doesn't often happen that an object conceived for collectors and enthusiasts of a musician also serves a larger array of listeners. The iconographic aspect of Apocrypha in fact he manages to capture even those who are not Zappian and perhaps to convince them to buy these four CDs of precious and non-precious material. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


1995 December

No. 215


Frank Zappa "Strictly Commercial"
By Max Stèfani, p 71

Automatic translation:When Rykodisc reissued all the 'approved' masters of Frank Zappa's records on CD this spring , stores were suddenly inundated with Zappa's output . If Francis Vincent's old lovers weren't caught unprepared , knowing well where to go to fish in the production of such a great genius-scoundrel, the younger ones probably wouldn't have known how to choose. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2001 Summer

No. 2


 Dischi a fumetti (Comic discs)
By Sergio Varbella, pp 142-145

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2002 Winter

No. 4


Frank Zappa "Hot Rats"
By ?, 1 p

 Automatic translation: With Hot Rats Zappa distances himself from the image of anarchic and iconoclastic freak of the beginning and at the same time frees himself from the orchestral experimentation exalted in Lumpy Gravy of 1968, heading towards new territories; the turning point coincides with the momentary retirement of the Mothers Of Invention, present here only with the multifaceted keyboard / fiat player Ian Underwood. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 Spring

No. 9


Frank Zappa "The Man From Utopia"
By ?, p 108

  The Man From Utopia is listed in the article "100 albums to avoid".

Automatic translation: Zappa's discography is mileage and The Man From Utopia is perhaps the most sensational accident of the path, even if fortunately it goes almost unnoticed: a minor work that collects live songs and study scraps. For the occasion, the musician turns into a biteless recycler of ideas, a bit of a scoundrel, at the highest degree of self-referentiality, the latter risk being a bit of a constant in the works published during the 1980s. The worst comes in the talking tunes, The Dangerous Kitchen and The Jazz Discharge Party Hats, exhausting and self-indulgent. Steve Vai's guitar phrasing is better, although they seem to lead nowhere. If you want to get the full Zappian discography, just leave it for last. 

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 Summer

No. 10


Calvin Schenkel, della Zappa Ltd.
By Sergio Varbella, pp 142-145

Il classico
By John Vignola, 1 p

Ruben & The Jets " Cruising With Ruben & The Jets"
By ?, 1 p

[1] Automatic translation: One thing should be made clear: whoever worked with Zappa is because he deserved it and because the Master's Art needed other people to be able to circulate freely among the listeners. Musicians, graphic designers, artists, down to the last roadie, were all like employees of a multinational of contemporary music. An absolutely unequal relationship but much more sincere than the many groups that after twenty years still pretend to be together out of friendship . Obviously, Zappa had a privileged relationship with some of his employees: a question of affinity of views and personality. (read more)

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2004 Autumn

No. 15


Frank Zappa: Io sono un autarchico
By Marco Drago & John Vignola, pp 22-30, 32, 34

By Marco Drago & John Vignola, pp 31, 33, 35

Intervista con Frank Zappa Hollywood, 11 agosto 1989
By Veniero Rizzardi, 36-41

This special issue is supplement to Il Mucchio Selvaggio No. 592 from 21 September 2004. Includes a previously unpublished interview from 1989.

Automatic translation: These listeners can't stay interested in a given musical topic for more than seven minutes, you can't go any further. The measure of two and a half minutes, three minutes is the preferred one: they want an event completed in the space of two and a half minutes, three, because they have been trained in this measure by the radio, and so on. For them this is a song. The exception might be Stairway To Heaven , which lasts nine minutes - it's a song, but it's an epic song. The longest piece I wrote - and which could still hold attention - is Billy The Mountain , twenty-two / twenty-three minutes, but there was some choreography, it was divided into different sections, there was a story, many ideas. (read more)

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