>friend tells me to listen to this because "it will fucking blow your mind dude zappa was a mad genius"
>it's just fucking stupid goofy doo-wop tunes
Zappa is a complete chucklefuck. Second only to Bowie for title of biggest charlatan with stupidest dick-sucking fanbase in rock music.
do you know what doo wop is?
have you heard any of those albums?
People that recommend Freak Out, Absolutely Free, Sheik Yerbouti, or Hot Rats are plebs that haven't even begun to touch Zappa's greatest achievements.
Best albums are IMO
Joe's Garage (3 > 1 > 2)
One Size Fits All
Only albums I haven't listened to by him is anything post Them Or Us, but I'll soon get into his synclavier works.