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Frank Zappa - "Muffin Man"

Frank Zappa Muffin Man

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

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Author Notes

GUITAR: Kloporte
BASS: nsw1-6
VOCALS: EchoOfMystery
The "Muffin Man," which first appeared on Frank Zappa's Bongo Fury LP, is actually a two-part piece that was never performed that way. The first part, which works as some kind of prologue, follows a canvas similar to "Evelyn, A Modified Dog": same piano sound, same cheesy concert-hall playing topped by narration. The Muffin Man is preparing himself a muffin of his own design and tells listeners that, although some people prefer cupcakes, "there is naught nor ought there be nothing so exalted on the face of God's grey earth as that prince of foods...the muffin!" At that point the piece launches into a heavy rock riff. The chorus "Girl you thought he was a man/But he was a muffin" is a pretense for a guitar solo. But why a muffin, you may ask? A typical fundraiser item for churches, like cupcakes and pancake breakfasts (as in "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast"), it embodies the politically correct suburban bourgeois life. The oddity of the "muffin man" image ensured the piece continuous appeal, which explains its inclusion on the "greatest-hits" album Strictly Commercial. In the prologue, the Muffin Man is sitting in the "Utility Muffin Research Kitchen," which was to later become the name of Zappa's home studio. The song title was also adopted by a tribute band, the Muffin Men.


July 20, 2018

Thank you.

Didja Get Any Onya?
July 20, 2018

He pooooooots forth a quarter ounce green rosette near the summit of a dense but radiant muffin of his own design.