on July 31, 2020 | Last updated July 31, 2020
Frank ZappaCatholic Girls
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
Part of the 1979 concept album Joe's Garage, "Catholic Girls" is a cynical song on the hypocrisy of some parishioners. You meet Mary, the main female character in the story. Joe and her meet at the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) for trivial social activities. But catholic girls are no angels and while their parents think they're sending them to a sexually repressive environment, "they're learning to blow/All the Catholic Boys!"
"Catholic Girls" is one of Frank Zappa's best-known songs, along with "Dancin' Fool." It features all of his tricks: the religion vs. sex topic, the multiple voices and characterizations, sped-up voices, and bass vocal accompaniment, the silliness of the music emphasizing the plot's, an irresistible lightness, and a snippet of complexity in the 9/8 and 7/8 introductory riff. It's irreverent fun.