on July 28, 2017 | Last updated July 28, 2017
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
Arguably the best song from the 1973 LP Over-nite Sensation, "Montana" is one of those silly complex yet simple tunes Frank Zappa wrote so well. The singer wants to move to Montana "just to raise up a crop of/Dental Floss" (yes, that's right, dental floss grows in bushes, didn't you know?). He will also grow bees to be able to wax his floss. Riding his pony around his fields of floss with a pair of zircon-encrusted tweezers in his hands (the same ones that appeared in the album's previous song, "Dinah-Moe Humm"), he will embody a new kind of cowboy, the "Dental Floss tycoon." Full of twisted pseudo-ranch pronunciation and including a high-pitched "Yippy-Ty-O-Ty-Ay" for the final fade-out, this song was a laugh riot, but it also included a complex middle section with sped-up vocals and percussion. The introduction is also noteworthy, as the drum fill was written out and obligatory -- it became the song's signature, so to speak.