on October 31, 2016 | Last updated November 1, 2016
Frank ZappaZomby Woof
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (2)
"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.