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Which is your favorite song to listen to off of the album?
No Not Now 7%  7%  [ 7 ]
Valley Girl 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
I Come From Nowhere 15%  15%  [ 15 ]
Drowning Witch 48%  48%  [ 49 ]
Envelopes 15%  15%  [ 15 ]
Teen-age Prostitute 7%  7%  [ 7 ]
None of the above. I hate this fuckin' album. 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
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If you come to view, why not vote, too? 8)

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Ah, the first FZ album I ever bought... I like this one a lot.

I voted for No Not Now. So many great one-liners/phrases that I used throughout high school: Ebzen Sauce! Bite it Marie! String Beans to Utah! The Whole Damn Thing! Transcontinental Hobby Horse! Hawaiian Lunch!

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I bought the vinyl directly from Barfko-Swill, and (get this) I used Maxell Points to acquire a pre-1995 version. It's got a neat cd pic (I think it's on Barking Pumpkin), different from the standard Ryko graphics.

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I've been listening to this album a lot lately, very entertaining.

like Feets, I like No Not Now a lot, I think it gets overlooked a bit (''skip the first couple of songs, then you get to the meat of the album'' is a phrase i've seen a few times), funny and catchy tune!

My vote goes with Drowning Witch itself though, one of my fave Zappa compositions, incredible stuff. Funny how on the '81 tour Envelopes always immediately preceded DW, but on the album it follows it.

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Cool album! I've heard people say bad things about the cover art, but I think it's the second best zappa cover after "Weasels". I would like to see many more of these droodles. Ingenious stuff.


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Envelopes.
I thinks it's Zappa's weakest album. I don't like it that much.

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I ultimately voted for Drowning Witch
though I love No Not now and I Come From Nowhere.
Envelopes is great too, but I love the '77-78 band's version with lyrics sung by Tommy Mars.
Yup, Drowning Witch, but it was a close one. :mrgreen:

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Drowning Witch, I only hope that someday I can composes something half as good as that, it's just incredible!

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Bullery Butt wrote:
Cool album! I've heard people say bad things about the cover art, but I think it's the second best zappa cover after "Weasels". I would like to see many more of these droodles. Ingenious stuff.


Those are also my favorites. I intend to get the drowning witch cover tattoed on my forearm. Both the covers are framed and in my living room.

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Oddly enough though I was just starting high school when this album came out I did'nt give this one a serious listen until the mid-'90s. I like this one a lot.

Toss up between Nowhere, Ship and Envelopes. I chose I Come From No Where because I absolutely love that guitar solo.


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Valley girl since Moon Unit sings most of it.

Plus i got to see Moon Unit dance on Zappa Plays Zappa in LA.


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Teenage Prostitute because the music is busy as hell in that interesting way that only Frank could truly master. Plus, opera singing on this song makes it hilarious.

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I still stand by my choice of No Not Now, but I've been listening to Teen-Age Prostitute a lot lately. That's a killer song - great spy riff, dirty guitar sound, Lisa Popeil is amazing, some neat intricate phrases to keep it interesting....

And Roy Estrada on "I Come From Nowhere" is joyfully cathartic. That kind of free wavy singing style Frank loved so much in this period has been a great influence on me, much to my wife's despair.

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Drowning Witch...I love the guitar solo in it.

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There's so many great guitar parts in this release.
But in I Come From Nowhere Zappa sounds POSSESSED!!!
This solo seems like a snapshot of everything his 80's guitar
technique was all about...only with more eyebrows!
A fucking mono-brow!!!


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^^^^ Agreed. The outro of I Come From Nowhere is definitely a struggle between three musicians who are in the throes of demonic possession.

Pazuzu was obviously annoyed that one of his witches drowned.


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Galoot Co-Log-Nuh wrote:
Drowning Witch...I love the guitar solo in it.


i love both solos!

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this album is one of them that took me a little while to get used to...

Valley Girl was the weakest tune but I liked it just becasue Frank was actually getting air play with it...

No Not Now and I'm From Nowhere where just outlandish enough to be fun but aproachable enough to like right away, and are still some of my favorite sing along tunes.

I liked and seemed to recognize Envelopes right away, and now I realize I had already heard it before it came out, when I saw Frank in Portland in 1981.

I immediatly saw Teenage Prostitute as a Heavy Metal Ballad Classic. it made me realize that if Frank had wanted to he could have writtten tunes for the Dio/Malmstien crowd.

Of course to really make it in that market he would have had to had written it devoid of the humor and textural exploration that made Frank's music so much fun.

The first few listenings, I did not appreciate S.A.T.L.T.S.D.W,

But like a lot of Frank's longer and more complex melody structures, (like Florentien Pogen) it took me a while to understand.

But once I start hearing the full melody of a tune like that, it quickly becomes one of my favorite.

In my book, tunes like Drowning Witch hit the sweet spot of Franks Classical/Rock fusion. (though I doubt he would agree with that assesment)

as an album this does not have the magic or impact of "One Size...", "Apostrophe", or "Roxy...", but most of any of the songs on this album do stand up against anything else in the discography


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I voted Drowning Witch, but I like the YCDTOSA Vol 3 version more.

Honourable mention for Envelopes. It sounds so... inhuman. So electronic. It's almost like one of his synclavier songs. And I love how the witch laugh comes back in it.


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The bass playing on I Come From Nowhere is absolutely un-earthly. And so is the guitar solo, and indeed the whole vibe of the track.

One of my very favourite FZ pieces.


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