Frank Zappa on Crossfire

Zappa on CNN’s Crossfire in 1986.

Crossfire was a current events debate television program that aired from 1982 to 2005 on CNN. Its format was designed to present a discourse between a politically liberal speaker and a conservative speaker.“The biggest threat to America today is not communism. It’s moving America toward a fascist theocracy, and everything that’s happened during the Reagan administration is steering us right down that pipe … When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view, and if that code happens to be very, very right wing, almost toward Attila the Hun…”

Other quotes attributed to Frank Zappa:

“The word (revolution) seems to conjure up images of sort of a modern day version of peasants going in to the street with their pitchforks. They go after the bad guy who lives in a big house someplace on the hill, and we’re gonna give it to the workers, ya know. That’s not the kind of revolution I had in mind. Well I thought that it might be nice if it was handled in a more modern and efficient way, without people getting slaughtered in the street… It’s a matter off infiltration.”[1]

“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute.” [2]

“Government is the Entertainment Division of the military-industrial complex.”

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.” (1977)

“It pays to make the U.S. school system a crock of shit because the dumber the people are that come out, the easier it is to draft them, make them into docile consumers, or, you know, mongo employees. There are plenty of yuppies out there with absolutely nothing upstairs. Graduate airheads with PhDs and everything but they don’t know anything. And what do they listen to? Certainly not my records.”

1. Taken from ‘The Present Day Composer Refuses To Die’

2. Source: Zappa’s liner notes for Freak Out

More Zappa Quotes

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3 thoughts on “Frank Zappa on Crossfire

  1. Zappa is King! He is right up there. Where are the Zappas of today? The Dylans? The Lennons? Maybe TV has destroyed any hope we have of ever creating another Bill Hicks or Zappa! We so need a Zappa or Hicks to rescue our long suffering souls and re-new our faith in humanity and restore just a little bit of light in these dark dark times. I am off to listen to wakajawaka!

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