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[[File:Zappa in Warner Bros. Sucks! shirt.jpg|500px|thumb|right|Zappa, photographed in 1979.]]
  
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Warner Bros. is a film company which also owns a record label.
  
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==Zappa and Warners==
  
<blockquote> ''"I prove to you that I am bad enough to get into hell, because I have been through it! I have seen it! It has happened to me! Remember: I was signed for Warner Brothers for eight fucking years!!"''</blockquote><div align=right>[[Frank Zappa]] during his [[Titties 'n  Beer]] performance in [[Baby Snakes (The Film)]]</div>
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When [[MGM Records]] neglected to exercise a contract option in 1968, FZ founded [[Bizarre Productions]] with manager [[Herb Cohen]]. This company mutated into [[Bizarre Records]] (with distribution taken care of by Warner Bros.' [[Reprise Records|Reprise]] label) by October 1968. "Sister" label [[Straight Records]] was formed by FZ in the spring of 1969 to release material by slightly off-center artists, but these artists were not nearly as extreme as those on [[Bizarre Records|Bizarre]] (hence, the name "Straight" versus "Bizarre"). After [[Straight Records|Straight]] finished its independent run with [[Reprise Records|Reprise]] and Warner Bros.-distributed stints, the [[DiscReet Records|DiscReet]] label was created in 1973.
  
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[[DiscReet Records|DiscReet]] existed until FZ filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros., its distributor and parent company. FZ then sought out [[Capitol Records]] for distribution assistance, but these plans fell through. Finally, [[Mercury Records]] stepped in, so FZ then created [[Zappa Records]] in 1977. When the "[[Läther]]" album slated for release by Zappa/Mercury on October 31, 1977 was blocked by Warner Bros., FZ had to wait until 1979 before he could release his own product on the [[Zappa Records]] label.
  
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==Zappa about Warner Brothers==
  
When [[MGM Records]] neglected to exercise a contract option in 1968, FZ founded [[Bizarre Productions]] with manager [[Herb Cohen]]. This company mutated into [[Bizarre Records]] (with distribution taken care of by [[Warner Bros.]]' [[Reprise Records|Reprise]] label) by October 1968. "Sister" label [[Straight Records]] was formed by FZ in the spring of 1969 to release material by slightly off-center artists, but these artists were not nearly as extreme as those on [[Bizarre Records|Bizarre]] (hence, the name "Straight" versus "Bizarre"). After [[Straight Records|Straight]] finished its independent run with [[Reprise Records|Reprise]] and [[Warner Bros.]]-distributed stints, the [[DiscReet Records|DiscReet]] label was created in 1973.
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<blockquote> ''"I prove to you that I am bad enough to get into hell, because I have been through it! I have seen it! It has happened to me! Remember: I was signed for Warner Brothers for eight fucking years!!"''</blockquote><div align=right>[[Biography|Frank Zappa]] during his ''[[Titties 'n  Beer]]'' performance in [[Baby Snakes (The Film)]]</div>
 
 
[[DiscReet Records|DiscReet]] existed until FZ filed a lawsuit against [[Warner Bros.]], its distributor and parent company. FZ then sought out [[Capitol Records]] for distribution assistance, but these plans fell through. Finally, [[Mercury Records]] stepped in, so FZ then created [[Zappa Records]] in 1977. When the "[[Läther]]" album slated for release by Zappa/Mercury on October 31, 1977 was blocked by [[Warner Bros.]], FZ had to wait until 1979 before he could release his own product on the [[Zappa Records]] label.
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 08:17, 4 August 2021

Zappa, photographed in 1979.

Warner Bros. is a film company which also owns a record label.

Zappa and Warners

When MGM Records neglected to exercise a contract option in 1968, FZ founded Bizarre Productions with manager Herb Cohen. This company mutated into Bizarre Records (with distribution taken care of by Warner Bros.' Reprise label) by October 1968. "Sister" label Straight Records was formed by FZ in the spring of 1969 to release material by slightly off-center artists, but these artists were not nearly as extreme as those on Bizarre (hence, the name "Straight" versus "Bizarre"). After Straight finished its independent run with Reprise and Warner Bros.-distributed stints, the DiscReet label was created in 1973.

DiscReet existed until FZ filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros., its distributor and parent company. FZ then sought out Capitol Records for distribution assistance, but these plans fell through. Finally, Mercury Records stepped in, so FZ then created Zappa Records in 1977. When the "Läther" album slated for release by Zappa/Mercury on October 31, 1977 was blocked by Warner Bros., FZ had to wait until 1979 before he could release his own product on the Zappa Records label.

Zappa about Warner Brothers

"I prove to you that I am bad enough to get into hell, because I have been through it! I have seen it! It has happened to me! Remember: I was signed for Warner Brothers for eight fucking years!!"

Frank Zappa during his Titties 'n Beer performance in Baby Snakes (The Film)

See Also

Warner Brothers Records Story by Both Sides Now Publications