on January 13, 2017 | Last updated January 13, 2017
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
Frank Zappa often stated that, except when he had something political to say, he approached lyrics as a necessity in a business where instrumental music is considered worthless. His disdain for lyrics can be best exemplified by "Andy" in which words amount to absolutely nothing. The singer stretches a handful of lines, repeating them ad nauseam, going from one meaningless sentence to the next. The opening diptych "Is there anything good inside of you/If there is I really wanna know" seems to taunt the listener, as does this other one: "Do you know what I'm really telling you/Is it something that you can understand." Then, as if trying to illustrate how inane some songs can be, Zappa launches in an absurdly empty passage: "Andy de vine/Had a thong rind/It was sublime/But the wrong kind." Luckily, the music of "Andy" is much more interesting. Fast figures in 9/8 alternate with a straight 4/4, but even in those moments there are many rhythmical plays and shifts in arrangements. The complexity of the piece and its final guitar solo and buildup work as the lyrics' antithesis.