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Dweezil Zappa

Biography

Child of Frank Zappa and much metallic disciple of Eddie Vehicle Halen and Steve Vai, Dweezil released his initial recording, Havin’ a poor Day time, in 1986. He proved helpful a stint being a VJ on MTV, made an appearance in the movies Pretty in Green and The Working Man, and acquired a short sojourn in Television situation comedy along with his sister Moon Device, on 1988-1989’s Regular Lifestyle. Dweezil also released his second record, My Guitar Really wants to Wipe out Your Mama, in 1988, pursuing it in 1991 with Confessions, and eventually took a rest from solo saving. He proved helpful in television for a while, composing the theme melody to the unfortunately short-lived Ben Stiller Present and voicing the type of Ajax in the outstanding USA Network cartoon series Duckman. He following formed the music group Z with sibling Ahmet on vocals; the group released two albums jointly: 1994’s Shampoohorn and 1996’s Music for Dogs and cats. Furthermore to his are a program guitarist, Zappa busied himself with Happy Hour (a Television show for the united states Network that debuted in 1999 and was co-hosted with Ahmet), and his initial solo record in nine years, 2000’s mainly instrumental Automatic. Third ,, Dweezil fell back again from the open public eyes and re-dedicated himself to learning electric guitar, changing his design a little and adopting a lot of his father’s choosing methods. In 2005, he set up a crack music group of youthful players and recruited FZ alumni Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napoleon Murphy Brock for the critically acclaimed Zappa Has Zappa tour, which strike the street in the summertime of 2006. The music group (with Brock ostensibly because the frontman) performed a whole plan of Frank Zappa compositions with Vai and Bozzio showing up as guests and Dweezil himself as business lead guitarist/bandleader. Between hip and legs of this tour, he released Opt for What You Understand, very easily his most ambitious recording up to now. A studio room version and Dvd and blu-ray of Zappa Takes on Zappa made an appearance in 2008 having a live recording from the task — Return from the Child Of… — pursuing this year 2010. Several even more Zappa Takes on Zappa-related concert recordings made an appearance over the following few years: Live – ‘In the Instant’ (2011), dual Compact disc F.O.H. (2012), and F.O.H. III: From Obscurity (also 2012). Dweezil came back to the studio room and released Via Zammata’, his first genuine solo recording in nearly ten years, in 2015. The recording included a vocal cameo by acting professional John Malkovich, and a music called “Dragon Expert,” that was centered around lyrics compiled by Frank.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dweezil Zappa
Profession Guitarist, Voice Actor, Multi-instrumentalist
Nationality American
Spouse Megan Marsicano, Lauren Knudsen
Children Zola Frank Zappa, Ceylon Indira Zappa
Parents Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa
Siblings Moon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Diva Zappa
Music Groups Zappa Plays Zappa, Z
Music Songs My Mother Is a Space Cadet, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Let's Talk About It, Crunchy Water, You're a Mean One Mister Grinch, I Want a Yacht, Dragon Master, Stairway to Heaven, All Roads Lead to Inca, The Deathless Horsie, Funky 15, Bamboozled By Love, Havin' a Bad Day, Rhythmatist, Goodbye to Romance, Purple Guitar, Fwakstension, Pygmy Twylyte, Gotta Get to You, Malkovich, F.W.A.K., Noitpure, Return of the Son of Shoogagoogagunga, Magic Fingers, Confessions of a Deprived Youth, The Grind, Secret Hedges, Yo Mama, Dirty Love, Run Like Hell, Unchained, City of Tiny Lites
Albums Via Zammata', Live - 'In the Moment', Return of the Son Of..., Go with What You Know, Automatic, Shampoohorn, Confessions, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, F.O.H., Zappa Plays Zappa, Havin' a Bad Day
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Movies Summer 82 When Zappa Came To Sicily, Fully Loaded, Jack Frost, Anarchy TV, The Running Man, Pretty in Pink
TV Shows Duckman, Normal Life, On the Spot, 1986 MTV Video Music Awards


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#Fact
1 Just finished the "Zappa plays Zappa" tour [October 2007]
2 New TV show, with Lisa Loeb, Dweezil & Lisa (2004). [March 2005]
3 Brother-in-law of Paul Doucette.
4 Was always called Dweezil by his family, but wasn't registered as such on his birth certificate; the hospital where he'd been born refused to record the unusual name, so father Frank gave him the names of his bandmates. When Dweezil found out about this as a boy, he wanted to make the name official - so his parents took him to legally change it.
5 Attended Walter Reed Jr. High in North Hollywood, CA.
6 Cousin of Lala Sloatman
7 Brother of Moon Unit Zappa, Diva Zappa, and Ahmet Zappa.
8 Son of Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metalocalypse 2012 TV Series Bullied Camper
Fully Loaded 2011 Eric
On the Spot 2003 TV Series Bandleader
According to Jim 2001 TV Series Joe
Son of the Beach 2001 TV Series Tom Maxwell
Behind the Seams 2000 Siro
Jack Frost 1998 John Kaplan
Anarchy TV 1998 Sid
MADtv 1998 TV Series German Tourist Tobias
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1994-1997 TV Series Ajax
Second Noah 1997 TV Series Cirrus Rose
Duckman 1997 Video Game Ajax (voice)
Normal Life 1990 TV Series Jake Harlow
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme 1990 TV Movie Special Guest Appearance
The Running Man 1987 Stevie
Heartbeat 1987 Video Band Performer
Pretty in Pink 1986 Simon

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment 2002 TV Series composer - 3 episodes
The Ben Stiller Show 1992-1993 TV Series composer - 15 episodes
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986 TV Series composer: additional music

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gracie 2007 performer: "Bad Intensions" / writer: "Bad Intensions"
Legally Blonde 2001 producer: "We Could Still Belong Together"
Ready to Rumble 2000 performer: "Diamond Dallas Page King Of Ba-Da-Bing Theme", "... Baby One More Time" / producer: "Diamond Dallas Page King Of Ba-Da-Bing Theme", "... Baby One More Time" / writer: "Diamond Dallas Page King Of Ba-Da-Bing Theme"
The Ben Stiller Show 1992 TV Series performer: "Groove Holmes"
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989 writer: "Two Heads Are Better Than One"
Back to the Beach 1987 performer: "Wipe Out"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily 2014 Documentary
1982. L'estate di Frank 2012 Documentary short
On the Spot 2003 TV Series
Normal Life 1990 TV Series
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1988 TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016 Documentary special thanks - as Dweezil
Roxy the Movie 2015 Documentary special thanks
Zappa's Universe 1993 Video special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hearing Is Believing 2017 Documentary completed Himself
Chopped 2015 TV Series Himself - Contestant
Celebrity Wife Swap 2014 TV Series Himself
Skavlan 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
American Masters 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Morgan Agren's Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure 2013 Documentary Himself
1982. L'estate di Frank 2012 Documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999-2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Zappa Plays Zappa 2007 Video Himself
Classic Albums: Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (')/Over-Nite Sensation 2007 Video documentary Himself
Cinderella: Rocked, Wired & Bluesed - The Greatest Video Hits 2005 Video Himself (Segment: "Shelter Me")
Spinal Tap Goes to 20 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dweezil & Lisa 2004 TV Series Himself
Life with Lisa Loeb 2002 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Frank Zappa: Phase II - The Big Note 2002 Documentary Himself
The Chris Isaak Show 2001 TV Series Himself
Grosse Pointe 2001 TV Series Himself
Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood 1999 Documentary short
Hollywood Squares 1999 TV Series Himself
Happy Hour 1999 TV Series Himself - Host
Celebrity Profile 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Weird Al Show 1997 TV Series Himself
In a Metal Mood 1996 Documentary Himself
Grill Me 1996 TV Movie Himself - Contestant
1995 MTV Movie Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
Roseanne 1994 TV Series Himself - Guitarist
Zappa's Universe 1993 Video Himself - Guitar
MTV Video Music Awards 1993 1993 TV Special Himself
Newton's Apple 1993 TV Series Himself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
Negligee and Underpants Party 1988 TV Movie Himself
Square One Television 1987 TV Series Himself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 1986 TV Special Himself - Host
Ozzy Osbourne: The Ultimate Ozzy 1986 TV Special Himself
Frank Zappa 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
X-Large 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels 1988 Video documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 I didn't really hear any music other than what my dad was working on until I was twelve. My recollection of hearing other music was that I liked some things that I heard but I always thought,'Where's the rest of it?'. It didn't have the same amount of detail or instrumentation in the arrangements. I liked a lot of the things other people liked - Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC - but if I compared it to my dad's music, there just seemed to be elements missing.
2 [on 'St. Alonzo's Pancake Breakfast'] As a kid, his song about pancakes was the best thing ever. There's a crazy interlude at the end. It's a very short song - under two minutes - but it has this one interlude that's the most difficult thing he ever wrote. I learned it on the guitar.
3 [on the 'Zappa Plays Zappa' project] We've been doing this since 2006 and we started with the simple goal to give people an opportunity to see and hear the music played live, a chance to hear a selection of songs that, in my estimation, is the best representation of my dad's work. Part of the struggle is that his music is relegated to a novelty section - a combination of novelty and nostalgia at this point. My feelings are very different. To me his music is still very contemporary, if not still from the future. There's stuff he's done that nobody else ever came close to.


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