on October 14, 2016 | Last updated March 22, 2017
Frank ZappaTell Me You Love Me
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (2)
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With "Tell Me You Love Me," (featuring Flo & Eddie from the Turtles) Zappa changed his approach to doo wop love songs. The lyrics are as basic as can be: boy wants girl for sex ("Tell me you love me/Like I want you to"). There are about six different lines throughout the song, each repeated ad nauseam. Lyric-wise, this could have been on Cruising With Ruben & the Jets or even Freak Out. The big difference comes from the heavy rock anthem propelling the song and the fact that Flo & Eddie are singing balls out, giving the whole thing force of impact, urgency, ludicrousness, and infectious appeal none of Zappa's previous doo wop pastiches ever came close to. Aynsley Dunbar is here as the first proper bad ass drummer that wasn't a sideman.