on June 9, 2017 | Last updated June 9, 2017
Frank ZappaTeen-Age Wind
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
The opening cut on the 1981 album You Are What You Is, "Teen-Age Wind" addressed the American youth's request for freedom without the burden of responsibility. All the teenaged character wants to do is go to a Grateful Dead concert, sniff glue, and get ripped. He also mentions going "to a midnite [sic] show of 200 Motels," which prompts a guest appearance by Jimmy Carl Black reciting some key lines from Zappa's movie script, such as "Opal, you hot little bitch!" and "You ain't the devil!" After this first part in a pop mood, the piece takes a turn toward the rhythmically complex for the conclusion. Zappa mocks teenagers in his closing chorus: "Free is when you don't have to pay for nothing/Or do nothing/We want to be free/Free as the wind," scorching Kris Kristofferson's hit "Ride Like the Wind" on the way.