The LPs initially received mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising its innovative and original music, but criticizing the scatological, sexual and profane nature of the lyrics. Since its original release, Joe's Garage has been reappraised in a better light by some critics. Zappa II & III the album as a "stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music. After being released from prison into a dystopian society in which music itself has been criminalized, he lapses into insanity.
The album encompasses a large spectrum of musical styles, while its lyrics often feature satirical or humorous commentary on American society and politics. It addresses themes of individualism, free will, censorshipthe music industry and human sexuality, while criticizing government and religion, and satirizing Catholicism and Scientology.
Joe's Garage is noted for its use of xenochronya recording technique that takes guitar solos from older live recordings and overdubs them onto new studio recordings. All of the guitar solos on the album are xenochronous except for "Crew Slut" and " Watermelon in Easter Hay ", a signature song that The Long Walk - Afterimage - Anthology described as the best song on the album, and according to his son Dweezilthe best guitar solo his father ever played.
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Midway through recording the new album, Zappa decided that the songs connected coherently and wrote a story, changing Watermelon In Easter Hay - Frank Zappa - Joes Garage Acts I new album into a rock opera.
The lyrical themes of Joe's Watermelon In Easter Hay - Frank Zappa - Joes Garage Acts I involve individualismsexuality, and the danger of large government. The album is narrated by a government employee identifying himself as The Central Scrutinizer, who delivers a cautionary tale about Joe, a typical adolescent male who forms a band as the government prepares to criminalize music.
The title track is noted as having an autobiographical Watermelon In Easter Hay - Frank Zappa - Joes Garage Acts I, as the character of Larry as performed by Zappa himself sings that the band plays the same song repeatedly because "it sounded good to me".
Unless people begin to see through that, to see past it to, what sex is really all about, they're always going to have the same neurotic attitudes. It's very neatly packaged. It all works hand-in-hand with the churches and political leaders at the point, where elections are coming up. This view inspired the lyrical content of "Crew Slut", in which Mary, Joe's girlfriend, falls into the groupie lifestyle, going on to participate in a wet T-shirt contest in the following track, "Fembot in a Wet T-Shirt"  .
Ron Hubbardas well as new age beliefs and the sexual revolution. The Central Scrutinizer sings the last song on the album in his "regular voice", and joins in a long musical number with most of the other people that worked with Zappa around At the beginning of the album, in Act 1, we are introduced to " The Central Scrutinizer ", the album's narrator, who brings us a "special presentation" on music's bad influences on man.
We are introduced to Joe, the main character in the presentation. Joe used to be the lead singer in a garage band, which eventually broke up " Joe's Garage ". Joe continues playing his music until a neighbor calls the police, who tell Joe to "stick closer to church-oriented social activities. One day, Mary skips the church club and goes to the Armory.
She becomes a roadie for a band called Toad-O "Crew Slut". Eventually, Mary gets sick of being a roadie and is dumped in Miami. Mary wins first place Watermelon In Easter Hay - Frank Zappa - Joes Garage Acts I the contest and wins fifty bucks, enough money to go home. He learns German, dresses like a housewife and goes to a club called the "Closet", filled with sexual appliances.
They go back to Sy's apartment and have sex, only for Joe to kill Sy accidentally during oral sex "Sy Borg". Having given all his money to Hoover, Joe cannot pay to fix Sy and is arrested and sent to a special prison filled with people arrested due to music, who spend all day "plooking each other".
Joe is eventually "plooked" by the executives at the prison "Keep It Greasey". Having "a long time to go before [he's] paid [his] debt to society", he decides to be "sullen and withdrawn" and sits around dreaming up imaginary guitar notes "Outside Now"until he is released from prison. In Act 3, Joe is released from prison into a dystopian society Watermelon In Easter Hay - Frank Zappa - Joes Garage Acts I music has been made illegal and "[walks] through the parking lot in a semi-catatonic state", dreaming guitar notes.
Eventually, he hears the voice of his neighbor Mrs. Borg taunting him in his head Watermelon In Easter Hay - Frank Zappa - Joes Garage Acts I Used to Cut the Grass". Joe becomes scared of rock journalists and sings about them.
He sees a vision of Mary appear and deliver a lecture "Packard Goose". Joe goes back to his house and dreams his last imaginary guitar notes " Watermelon in Easter Hay ". Afterward, he "[hocks his] imaginary guitar and [gets] a good job" at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchenwhere he squeezes icing rosettes onto muffins. As an epilogue, the Central Scrutinizer turns off his plastic megaphone and sings the final song on the album, " A Little Green Rosetta ", with all the people who worked with Frank Zappa aroundwith the song growing more chaotic as it goes as "proof" that music is dangerous.
The music of Joe's Garage encompassed a variety of styles, including bluesjazzdoo woploungeorchestralrockpop and reggae. Lowe called it the "crowning achievement of the album" and "one of the most gorgeous pieces of music ever produced". For the album artwork, Zappa was photographed in blackface makeup, holding a mop for the car grease garage theme. It did not chart. Act I peaked at Bicara - Yuna - Material on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
Don Shewey of Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "If the surface of this opera is cluttered with cheap gags and musical mishmash, its soul is located in profound existential sorrow. The guitar solos that Zappa plays in Joe's imagination burn with a desolate, devastating beauty. For his performance on Joe's GarageVinnie Colaiuta was named "the most technically advanced drummer ever" by Modern Drummerwhich ranked the album as one of the top 25 greatest drumming performances of all time.
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