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Frank Zappa - "Zomby Woof"


Frank Zappa Zomby Woof

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/BASS: nsw1-6
 
"Zomby Woof" is the story of a man who went to sleep and woke up transformed into a "zomby woof," a play on words making him some kind of a zombie/werewolf/dog creature. The transformation was illustrated in the original studio version by the shift in lead vocals from Zappa's calm basso voice to Ricky Lancelotti's "mad lion" roars and Tasmanian Devil-esque energy. The basis frame of a straightforward rock song in 4/4 is periodically stretched to accommodate a 7/8 riff and, what is the tune's most identifiable feature, a four-bar break played in 5/4 (five against four). These elements hint at the complexity of the material Zappa would soon write for the albums Roxy & Elsewhere and One Size Fits All.



2 Comments

Thanks for more Zappa, guys!

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Envirobear2000
October 8, 2017

Man, I really think the guitar on this one should be redone (just the force strums). It's just a great song and it seems it would be fun on guitar but it's really almost "A Slight Amplification" level on this song lol.