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Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance - Frank Zappa

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Legbamel Not-Pop

Frank Zappa has made some seriously interesting music, over the course of his career, much of it funny commentary as well as musically intriguing. Then again, he ingested a lot of illegal substances, named his daughter Moon Unit, and edged over into “trying too hard” more than once. While not every song was a gem, you can find plenty to enjoy if you're patient enough, particularly from the period when Zappa recorded with The Mothers of Invention. And Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, off the 1968 album “We're Only In It for the Money”, which seems to me to be a clever mockery of the “Peace and Love” rhetoric of the 60s, is simply fun as well. As with most Frank Zappa songs, you really have to listen to the lyrics. There's nothing overtly offensive about this song, but it may be a bit PG-13 for those of you with little ones in the room. If you've got teenagers, though, an introduction to Zappa and The Mothers of Invention might be much appreciated. They may bump that milquetoast pop music off of the radio, at least for a little while.
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance - Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
You can't download the singles, but you can buy We're Only in It for the Money.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Gary says:

    Frank didn't use drugs, other than coffee and cigarettes and the rare drink of alcohol. He admitted to smoking pot a few times and claimed to not enjoy it (made him feel sleepy and his throat sore). Frank was very much anti-drugs and didn't need them to be as weird as he wanted to be. He was actually quite sane and rational, IMO.

  2. You're right - I mis-wrote. What I had intended to write was that he was surround by so much substance abuse and the attendent culture that he got rich material for his more "psychedelic" songs, mocking the middle-class, wannabe hippies. I should have edited the post better before it went live. Thanks for the note.

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