I usually don't like the Zappa music that's self-consciously comedy (dirty or otherwise), and almost always think he piles it on too thick. But I do find VERY funny the "audio verite" of his hometown friends Ronnie and Kenny, or the "from the piano" dialogue. Zappa being Zappa, snippets of these can be found all over the place, from Lumpy Gravy to Civilization Phaze III.
Both are found prominently on my favorite Zappa album, which is also probably the funniest Zappa album, We're Only In It For The Money. Zappa's twin take-downs of both normie American culture and hippie counterculture at the same time is wonderful, a set of perspectives that show how unique Frank was. "Who Needs the Peace Corps?" "Let's Make the Water Turn Black," "The Idiot Bastard Son," "Harry, You're a Beast" ... very funny, one and all.
Beefheart's humor is from a whole other perspective ... or universe! I've always been delighted at the opening line of "Kandy Korn," like an offbeat television jingle: "Well they look so good, I wanna eat 'em!" To its simple melody, it's so silly.
Now that's definitely up my street! And Louie the Turkey is hilarious.
Funny you should mention "Kandy Korn", as this extraordinary album closer later rises to instrumental heights that would make Wagner green with envy.
Last night my son and I watched two classic rock humor movies back to back, This is Spinal Tap and Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. Spinal Tap was done so well it's easy to forget that this was not an actual band. The "Rockumentary" aspect was very authentically done while poking fun at many aspects of the music biz. Much of the humor is corny, but it makes me laugh every time, and to me that's "successful humor" no matter what level it's on. And in this case it helps that the music is very good, and something that I occasionally listen to via the soundtrack album.
Tenacious D is also quite amusing. I wouldn't say the movie is as well made as Tap, the story itself is nothing special (and to be honest, I'm hit or miss with Jack Black. In some movies I absolutely can't stand him). But here again, the music is really fun to listen to and parts of the movie did make me laugh, even though it's really stupid humor.
These movies are out and out comedy and like Weird Al Yankovic's music, the objective is to have fun with parody while enjoying the music. There's authentic talent behind all of it.
But what about more subtle humor from a generally serious source. Led Zeppelin's "The Crunge" comes to mind, and to a lesser extent "D'yer Maker". Both songs get a lot of criticism from serious Zep fans. I can live with the latter having heard some moderate airplay, but "The Crunge", which appears to be sort of a parody of early 70s funk, kind of torpedos an otherwise near perfect album.
Here's a later example of Alice Cooper's sense of humor from his 2011 Welcome 2 My Nightmare, an album that reunited Alice with producer Bob Ezrin and the surviving members of the original band, on a couple tracks.
Here is a tune/band I only became aware of this morning (with a 9-month late review in Pitchfork!) that I would say qualifies for an example of humor in music. It's also very strange! The music is somewhere between fusion, showtunes, punk, and rock, and the lyrics are, well, they're on the screen. The video is also a bit on the odd side.
Here is the British band Horsey with "Sippy Cup," from late 2020.
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT
B.E.: So, "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" quotes a Kenny Rogers song. Had no idea...
Sept 19, 2021 18:50:49 GMT
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT
Kapitan: That is NO EXCUSE. You're guilty as charged (said the guy who realized today he started a Prince thread like a month or more ago and 100% forgot about it).
Sept 20, 2021 22:48:03 GMT