Frank Zappa left the planet in 1993, but his musical legacy is still very much alive - avoid record stores that don't have at least 40 of his albums in stock. And while the Zappa Family Trust has turned into a bickering soap opera (hi, Ahmed!, how's things, Dweezil!), musicians keep on playing and releasing their interpretations of Frank's compositions. Fred Händl is one of them and his album Fred Händl plays the music of Frank Zappa – featuring The Giacomo di Lindini Trio is a respectful and original addition to any Zappa paraphernalia collection.
Händl is a veteran who played guitar and sang in underground bands. Until recently he was the keyboards guy in ZAPPATiKA. He is now the driving force behind Dr. Freddie’s Atomic Commotion. For Fred Händl plays the music of Frank Zappa – featuring The Giacomo di Lindini Trio he returned to his first love, the piano. Hitting the ground running with the Uncle Meat’s Radio Is Broken, with snippets of Billy Joel's Piano Man and Van Halen's Jump, he pays tribute to FZ's adage to "kill ugly radio".
His gentle versions of Son Of Mr. Green Genes, Let’s Make The Water Turn Black and Eat That Question could easily fool the lätte sipping hipters. The inclusion of two of his reworked originals Für Den Tür and Your Cat Ate Mine will scare off most of them though, while any stragglers will go running for the emergency exit when Giacomo’s Napkins come howling out of the speakers (The Giacomo di Lindini Trio is actually one guy playing three instruments).
Well done, Mr. Händl. Now print up some T-shirts with "Make A Piano Noise Here".
Fred Händl: piano, keyboards, vocals
Herrie Friend: guitar (Your Cat Ate Mine)
Giacomo Di Lindini: violin, guitar, drums (Giacomo’s Napkins)
- Uncle Meat’s Radio Is Broken
- Für Den Tür
- Son Of Mr. Green Genes
- How Could I Be Such A Fool?
- Your Cat Ate Mine
- Let’s Make The Water Turn Black
- Giacomo’s Napkins
- Blessed Relief
- Eat That Question
- 06/19 Zoetermeer, Netherlands @ Boerderij (w/ Dr. Freddie's Atomic Commotion - free show)