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I Have Been In You
Broken Hearts Are
I'm So Cute
What Ever Happened To
All The Fun
In The World
Wait A Minute
Tryin' To Grow A Chin
City Of Tiny Lites
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Frank Zappa's albums are truly unique... Reflecting with the times, his
off-beat humor in storytelling brings a chuckle to all those listening to his
adult humor. 1979's Sheik Yerbouti is no exception. Focusing on the
latest Disco craze (Shake Your Booty) -- "Dancing Fool" was the most
remembered track from this release -- It also showcases Zappa's own musical
styles in Jazz and Hard Rock.
The adult lyrics in "I Have Been In You" has a '50s doo-wop sounding
style. (Yes, think of the adult content found in the song title...) Of course,
there are many typical Zappa humor tracks here, such as "Flakes" which
features guest vocals by guitarist Adrian Belew, as he does what seems to be a
very impressive Bob Dylan vocal imitation. With a title such as "Broken
Hearts Are For Assholes" -- the novelty surely stands out as Zappa being
as funny as the lyrics tell.
The humor is also there on "I'm So Cute," yet this song showcases
Zappa conducting a hard rock band, likewise on the next song, "Jones Crusher."
"Rat Tomango" also showcases Zappa in hard rock, as this song is a live
instrumental. Other instrumentals include the obscure Zappa Jazz style on
"Rubber Shirt" and guitar-driven hard rock on "The Sheik Yerbouti
"What Ever Happened To All The Fun In The World" and "Wait A
Minute" are short pieces of experimental sound effects.
The funny typical Zappa storytellers are heard on "Bobby Brown Goes
Down." Zappa's obscure music and typical lyrical humor is heard on
"Baby Snakes." The punk rock style popular in the late '70s is heard
on "Tryin' To Grow A Chin," and experimenting in hard rock is heard on
"City Of Tiny Lites."
The Zappa humor returns with the quirky "Jewish Princess,"
likewise "Wild Love." A very impressive orchestration in jazz/rock is
heard on the last track, "Yo' Mama."
Frank Zappa's Sheik Yerbouti has its many funny novelty moments.
Yet it also shows how Zappa can be impressive as a musician. Even so, it's
the funny lyrics, and obscure musical representations that stands out for
Zappa's popularity. Many of the typical novelty Zappa songs here can compare
to his very funny Joe's Garage series, and if you're already familiar
with Zappa's obscure stories, this album will be greatly appreciated.
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