on January 30, 2017 | Last updated January 30, 2017
Frank ZappaPick Me, I'm Clean
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"Pick Me, I'm Clean" was written in the late '70s, probably 1979 or even early 1980. It was premiered at the beginning of Frank Zappa's 1980 tour and was included on the live LP Tinsel Town Rebellion. The song immortalizes a particular groupie who tried to have sex with all members of the group. The lyrics reproduce some of her actual comments (the song title, the line "Do you like my band-aid?"). Zappa takes the opportunity to deliver a few gentle stabs at his musicians. The song begins with a slow pop/rock melody very similar in style to the later song "Any Kind of Pain." The bridge and chorus escalate into a fast-paced comedy rock song that, when added to the topic of "life on the road," is very reminiscent of the time when Flo & Eddie were part of the band. When the opening verses come back, they are sung at a much faster tempo. The song was performed regularly throughout the 1980 tour, disappeared afterward, and was only brought back a couple of times in 1988. Its short life did not discourage the tribute band the Muffin Men from including it on their CD Music of Frank Zappa.