on July 13, 2018 | Last updated July 13, 2018
Frank ZappaDinah-Moe Humm
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
"Dinah-Moe Humm" is a song with the most explicit sexual references on a Zappa album to date. The title is a play on the female name Dinah and the humming (like a dynamo) and moaning she does while having sex. Written a few years before the cynical disco attempt "Dancing Fool," this song is Frank Zappa's answer to Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft." The middle section is packed with horn-like female chorus lines, wah-wah rhythm guitar, slurry bass, and dancing drums. Dinah-Moe Humm offers the singer/narrator (Zappa himself, as on most of the album's tracks) 40 dollars if he can get her to orgasm. He gets to work, to no result, until he notices Dinah's sister watching them. He makes love to her and that gets Dinah's motor going. He'll finally push her to cloud nine by using "a pair of zircon-encrusted tweezers." The same tweezers appear in the next song on the album, "Montana."