Does Humor Belong in Music?

Frank ZappaFrank Zappa once asked this question — and answered it, as you might have guessed, with a Zappaish “yes.” Here’s a playlist featuring some more (very serious) musicians that also decided that humor belonged in the music itself, not just in the lyrics:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — A Musical Joke, K. 522
  • Erik Satie — Sonatine Bureaucratique
  • Tom Lehrer — So Long Mom
  • The Ornette Coleman Trio — European Echoes
  • Sid Vicious — My Way
  • Gian Carlo Menotti — Moans, Groans, Cries and Sighs
  • The Ramones — The KKK Took My Baby Away
  • Run-DMC (with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry) — Walk This Way
  • Illinois Jacquet — I Wanna Blow Now
  • They Might Be Giants — James K. Polk

Note: all links will open in iTunes.