Sounds was a British music magazine, published weekly from October 10, 1970 to April 6, 1991. It was well known initially for giving away posters in the centre of the paper (initially black and white, but colour from late 1971) and later for covering Heavy Metal (especially the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and Oi!) music in its late 1970s-early 1980s heyday. One of the trinity of British music weeklies along with the New Musical Express (NME) and the Melody Maker it finally folded in 1991 due to falling circulation. A legacy of Sounds however, was the creation of the Heavy Metal/Rock magazine Kerrang!, which was originally issued as a supplement before being spun-off as a separate publication, which continues to this day. (wikipedia)

1970 November 7


Zappa – the great satirist
Interview by Bob Dawbarn, p 7

  There are revolutionaries who hail this former advertising executive as their own. There are record company executives who regard him as one of the most cunning capitalists in the business. There are musicians who consider him a fine composer – composers who rate him a superb musician.

Me? I think he is one of the greatest satirists of our time.

We are probably all wrong, or, at least, only partly right. Each of our do-it-yourself Frank Zappa kits only reveals more of what we want to believe' than it does of Zappa himself.

He is the distorting mirror in which we look at our twisted selves and the cock-eyed, unfair society we have constructed. (read more)


1970 December 5


The Sounds Talk-In. Frank Zappa
Interview by Steve Peacock, pp 20-21

Mothers In Town
Interviews by Steve Peacock and Bob Dawbarn, pp 22-23

This issue contains interviews with Frank Zappa, Aynsley Dunbar, Ian Underwood and George Duke. 

Plus, there is a following note on page 22:

When Frank Zappa disbanded the original Mothers of Invention he said some pretty bitter things about the responses, or lack of it, that people gave to the Mothars' music. Time has mellowed his bitterness, but he still thinks he made the right decison.
"I won't say nobody like it, but statistically speaking it wasn't really a very popular musical phenomenon," he said last week. "Most of the people who liked it did so for the wrong reasons. People would come to the concerts and wait for me to do something outrageous -- they wouldn't care whether we played or not, they were waiting to be shocked out of their minds."
He blames a lot of misunderstanding on papers and particularly on radio stations who play little bits of his music taken out of context. This still happens, he says.
"I think there are aeveral things on the 'Chunga's Revenge' album that even have singles potential. 'Tell me you love me' was even released as a single in the States, but it's not getting played. Why not? Because it's got my name on it."


1971 October 23


200 Motels – The Film – The Album
By Michael Overton & Steve Peacock, p 9

Frank Zappa's movie monster "200 Motels" was premiered in New York last week. The film comes to London on November 17, and a two record soundtrack album is released by Bizarre/UA on November 5. Album and film are previewed on page 9.

Plus two news from page 6:

BOB DYLAN attended Frank Zappa's early concert last week (October 11) at Carnegie Hall. Dylan was seated halfway through the orchestra section and left the hall just after the concert ended. He also stopped by the Graham Nash David Crosby gig two weeks ago .... At the Zappa concert, was Alice Cooper who should be in England with a new album while you read this ....
FRANK ZAPPA was in town recently setting up publicity for "200 Motels." Frank did a David Frost show, and went on tour here in the states for 13 concerts and then Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and finally England. Zappa and his tired Mothers return to the States in time for Christmas, and then release the first three LPs out of the 9 LP anthology set.

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1971 November 6


Looking For A Leader
By Ray Telford, p 19

 THE guitar music of Frank Zappa is something which has been shamefully overlooked as critics seem to prefer talking and writing about some of the more obvious aspects of his music – dig in the ribs humour, non-conformism etc... but the fact is that he is an undisputed master of the electric guitar and is one of the handful of guitar players who uses a wah-wah pedal with taste and good sense. The depth of Zappa’s music is immense and so it may be that a lot of his underlying licks go unheeded but should they be left out you’d soon feel the loss. “Hot Rats” was Zappa’s “guitar album” and it was his first till then which gave a lengthy taste of his picking. He is basically a technician on guitar but he weaves perfect pictures which demand precise timing and control. Again like so many other guitar players mentioned on this page, you either have a taste for Frank Zappa, guitar player, or you don’t. However, “Hot Rats” and especially the track “Gumbo Variations”, shows him at his supreme best. Try it and see.



1971 November 27


Zappa's Latest Box Of Tricks
By Steve Peacock, p 8

 I was starting to ask about the way he's approached making the movie. He's explained at length before what the film was about how it showed that touring makes you crazy, but presumably he'd seen other pop films and he had ideas about how to do it himself. He immediately picked up on the phrase "pop films".

"I'm not an avid fan of pop films, but you get dumped into that category by virtue of the fact that the film revolves around a group of people who happen to be musicians. I think I would use the same people whether they were musicians or not. I happen to be interested in making a musical film, but a lot of the music in it is not pop. In a way that's unfortunate because it's not like one of those regular rock and roll movies." (read more)



1971 December 4


Frank's turtles in disguise  
By Steve Peacock, p 8

The time is right, thinks Frank Zappa, to unleash on an unsuspecting public the long-awaited nine-album anthology of Mother's music, together with a 30-page booklet. It's set for release next March.

A year ago, I asked Zappa when he'd ben releasing the set, and he said: “In about five or 10 years when they assume more historical importance.” Things have obviously moved a lot faster than he'd expected. (read more)


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1972 July 1


Yeh, just another band
By Martin Hayman, p 26

Page 6: Busy Frank. IT WAS a busy week last week for Frank Zappa. Frank, inactive since his Rainbow Theatre accident, has been trying to block the publication of "No Commercial Potential", written by New York writer David Walley. Walley, who has been working on the book for almost three years says Frank has been putting pressure on the publisher not to release the book. The book follows Zappa from his early days up to the present.

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1972 August 26


Zappa Rock Back At The Oval
By ?, p 1

Frank Zappa is to make an exclusive British appearance at next month’s Oval rock concert, promotors Ron and Ray Foulk announced this week.


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1972 September 23


The Zappa Talk-In
By Steve Peacock, pp 16, 21

Zappa: Red Hot Rat
By Steve Peacock, p 30

IT'S BEEN a long time since the Rainbow: for the rest of us, life's been going on, but for Frank Zappa a large proportion of that time has been spent lying in hospital beds, and resting inhis Californian home, recovering from the disastrous incident in London which left him badly injured. Lately though, he's been writing and playing music; he did the 'Wawa Jawaka' album, and started a tour with a 20 piece band based on essentially the same ideas as the album. Lying in his hotel room last week, an air or weariness and a brace on his leg the only outward reminders of the Rainbow, he talked with little bitterness in his voice of his experiences in the world of rock and roll. (read more)


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1973 December 22


Ultra-Modern String Bean
By Mark Seidenfeld and Jon Tiven, p 24

 ALTHOUGH DEPICTED as vicarious forms of slimy nightmare, Frank Zappa is NOT creepy, when asked about days of old (when everyone was groping around, trying to be realistic, you were being surrealistic, and more real than the rest. Did you ever feel like a turnip lost in a cabbage patch, or the gardener?), he replies, "None of the above." Frank says that he is doing lots of fantastic things, in fact, EVERYTHING. Right now, he's editing a new film for next year. (read more)


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1975 April 26


Frank and his law suit – he wears it well
By Mike Flood Page, pp 7-8

 There are three or four great interviews in rock and roll. Lennon obviously, Pete Townshend certainly, one or two others. Zappa is one. A master of outrage from the moment 'Freak Out' had mothers (the other kind) locking up their daughters, and record companies wondering if there might not be a fast buck in all that nonsense somewhere. (read more)


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1975 May 3


[1] Allen Toussant: 'Why Would Anyone Dig Me?'
By Mike Flood Page, p 21

[2] Zappa And The Groupie Papers
By Mike Flood Page, p 29

  [1] ... How about Francis Zappa? 
"He is great, he really is. He may be the most competent producer/engineer in terms of creating an entity beyond a sound ... a whole thing ... a jungle.
"Zappa and I worked on stuff, I'd say twelve years ago. I had a group and he said: 'It's a great group, I'll produce it.'
"He would cut two sides and they were such fun. He said: 'OK now this is what I want you to do, sing like four or five of your favourite singers and we'll go over one track. OK now this is my Mick Jagger imitation.'
"And he'd speed it up and then – he ran it back at the proper speed, and I was doing a Mick Jagger.
"I don't think he knows what he's going to do before he goes into the studio. There's a lot of trickery involved."
What about Zappa on his own stuff?
"He's not as good as he would be with someone else. And that's also my problem in that I have a tendency to try really too hard." ...



1976 November 20


Zoot Suits
By Pete Makowski, p 33

HAD TO review this album. It was the only way I could wean it from the fanatical clutches of my mate and have a listen for myself.

But how can I review it?

How can anyone review a Zappa album with any genuine authority? We’re just mere observers of his vast complex empire. (read more)

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 Frank Zappa is alive and well and touring in the USA with his new band, Zappa, and there's a record off called 'Zoot Allures' (only comprehensible to frogs at Brooklyn) which, like the other 14 Zappa records, has its moments of waggish controversy and finely conceptualized identity. Beware though, you may learn something from a Zappa record, ignorants need not apply. (read more)

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1977 February 12


It Can't Happen Here
A long look back at F Vincent Zappa and his very special bands from LA (and other places)
By Mick Brown, pp 24-25, 28-31

1977 August 6


Neat Vliet
Captain Beefheart "Bat Chain Puller"
By Eugen Beer, p 29

This is the Beefheart album very few people are going to hear unless the record and management companies involved with the Captain get moving. It sees Don Van Vliet returning to an area somewhere between 'Trout Mask Replica' and 'Clear Spot', undoubtedly his most satisfying period. (read more)



1978 January 28


Zappa Digs Sabs Shock!
By Sandy Robertson, p 17

Ecstasy for dirtyminded boys and girls (For the boys...)
Frank Zappa: Live In New York review

p 32

HACK WRITER Sandy Robertson once again finds himself with nothing constructive to say, and so resorts to the usual cop-out of writing down almost everything on the tape and giving it a flashy title like... 'AUDIO WASTE', the soundtrack to a non-existent movie, starring FRANK ZAPPA as 'the hero', GENESIS P-ORRIDGE as 'the other hero', SANDY ROBERTSON as 'the rock fan', and THE BODYGUARD as himself. Stills by Harry Murlowski. (read more)



1978 February 4


Zappa's fun-filled spectacular
By Edwin Pouncey, p 44

Frank Zappa in Hammersmith Odeon.




1978 April 8


Obscene and heard
By Christopher Sennewald and Carlton B. Morgan, p 46

Reader's letter about the f word. 




1978 September 9


I hate playing in England
By Hugh Fielder, pp 27-29

Yes, I've heard Television. I don't care for them too much. I heard Blondie and I like them. I have some stuff by the Stranglers which I thought was pretty good. There's a song by Lew Lewis that I thought was nice – 'Caravan Man' (originally on Stiff, now deleted). And I just heard one Elvis Costello song for the first time, I thought it was really good. 'Radio Sweetheart'.

But with me now I have most Penderecki, Schoenberg, Webern, lute music, medieval vocal music, organ music, rhythm and blues, Pat Martino, Weather Report, Stravinsky, Gentle Giant, PFM, the Outlaws, two Queen cassettes, Black Sabbath, Mott The Hoople. (read more)

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1979 March 10


Up Yours
A true story of Frank Zappa and anal fetishism
By Hugh Fielder, p 36

This article is a review of  two albums - Sheik Yerbouti and Sleep Dirt.


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1979 September 29


Uncle Meat
By ?, p 12

The article on the gossip page 12 with pictures of FZ and Cherry Bomb points to the March issue of Cheri.


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1979 December 29


He's A Gar(b)age Band
By Hugh Fielder, pp 22-23

Joe's Garage II and III review.


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1980 January 19


Rock 'n' Roll Zoo
By Savage Pencil (Edwin Pouncey), p 20

1983 January 23


To Be Perfectly Frank
By Edwin Pouncey, pp 24-25

How did the concert with the London Symphony Orchestra come about?

“Well, I originally didn’t want to do a concert. I just came over here to make the record but doing the concert was part of the problem that every composer has in getting a new piece played, for instance. (read more)


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1984 October 20


Let's Be Frank. Frank Zappa 'Them Or Us'
By Hugh Fielder, p 49




1984 November 10


Total Freak Out
By Hugh Fielder, p 10

 MAYBE FRANK Zappa’s mellowing in his old age. Last time I interwewed him I was ushered into his presence by his archetypal bodyguard, and when I put my tape recorder on the table Frank promptly produced his own and we spent an hour talking into our respective machines.

This time he’s alone, sitting benignly in the press offices of EMI, his latest record company. He’s pausing between a European tour and an American tour which will keep him on the road until December 23. On Boxing Day he begins a TV special for French television and then takes his band off to Japan and Australia. (read more)




1985 December 12


Frank Zappa "Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention"  
By Edwin Pouncey, p 42

 "WHAT'S THE ugliest part of your body?" asked Frank Zappa way back in 1967 on his 'We're Only In It For The Money' album. "I think it's your mind," was the answer, and Zappa must have been sorely tempted to re-vamp that particular number for this latest, cleverly titled snork of outrage. (read more)




1986 March 8


 The Zappa Collection albums advert on the back cover.


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