BANNED FROM UTOPIA was formed in the summer of 1994 to perform at the Stuttgart Jazz Festival as a tribute to Frank Zappa. Most of the members have both played live and recorded with their mentor and friend, Frank Zappa, in his various band incarnations. BFU is not merely a tribute band, being just content trying to mimic the master. Rather the values and influences instilled by the years of playing with Frank are the biggest parts of BFU's focus. The tunes Frank wrote are a part of each member's body and soul, put there by years of rehearsal, recording, and concert appearances.