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Fun Music Information -> Frank Zappa

Album cover parody of Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
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This is the most recent information about Frank Zappa that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Frank Zappa, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).

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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zapa

Quotes:

I'll do the stupid thing first and then you shy people follow...
Submitted by: Rustam
All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
Submitted by: LucidLupin
There are additional music quotes available.

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Frank Vincent Zappa. Submitted by: Gerhard

Also known as: Francis Vincent Zappa, Jr.. Submitted by: oldrock

Weird Names of Music Performer's Children:

  • Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa - He said he chose the name Diva because she was crying louder than all the other babies at the hospital. (No idea about the rest of the name.) Submitted by: Coolio
  • Ahmet - Frank was on a talk show one time (maybe Johnny Carson) and the subject of his kids' unusual names came up. He said that Ahmet had grown tired of kids at school calling him Ahmet the Vomit and had started calling himself Rick instead. He abruptly went back to Ahmet when the same kids called him Rick the P****. One of my favorite Zappa memories! Submitted by: buddyboy
  • Moon Unit - If it were just Moon it would be kind of cool, but Moon Unit sounds like some kind of equipment astronauts put on the moon to find out if there's life there or something. Submitted by: Kitty
  • Moon Unit, Diva, Dweezil, and Ahmet Rodan - Frank insisted his kids would always have more trouble because of their last name. Submitted by: Tracey
  • Moon Unit Zappa - Frank gave his pregnant wife 2 choices on names for the child: Moon and Motorhead, a roadie friend of Frank's. His wife told VH1 that there was NO WAY she was going to name a child Motorhead, so she picked Moon, and because the child made the family not a couple anymore, but a unit, she chose Unit as her middle name. Moon likes her name but wishes that her sister, Diva, had been named Star. She has 2 brothers named Dweezil and Ahmet. Submitted by: Jen
  • Diva Muffin - First rule: Never name your kid after a pastry (it sounds like Janet's boob.) Submitted by: hamp
  • Ahmet Rodan - I believe after Dweezil (or Diva) came Ahmet, a fine name, with his middle name being Rodan, after the Japanese monster (a little more cheapness please). Submitted by: tom schwartz
  • Moon Unit - I think thats one of the worst names ever, moon is a bit romantic, but moon unit always reminds me of a computer.. Submitted by: Svenja_M
  • Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet, Diva Zappa - Frank wasn't on drugs!!!!!!! concerning this names he said: "People make a lot of fuss about my kids having such supposedly 'strange names', but the fact is that no matter what first names I might have given them, it is the last name that is going to get them in trouble." Submitted by: Val
  • Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet, Diva - Moon is a normal name in many cultures, in Spain it's Luna. Dweezil was named after a small stunted toe his mother Gail had. Ahmet is named after Ahmet Ertigan, a big record CEO at the time, Diva was the loudest and highest pitched baby. Frank never did drugs, he claimed he smoked pot a couple times in the 60's but didn't like it because it made him tired. He was a genius composer, guitar hero and satirist. The most important composer of the 20th century. He is sadly missed : ( Submitted by: trendm0nger

Singers Who Act:

Notable Acting Credits
Comments & Submitter Name
"Head"Zappa appears briefly in this bizarre movie starring The Monkees. He gives some advice about how the movie should be presented while escorting a cow. - Agrimorfee
"200 Motels" - Tim Hall

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Don't Inhale The Purple Fog""Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"Regina Haniger
"Don't Drink The Pink Rain""Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"Regina Haniger
"Don't Eat The Blue Hailstones""Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"D. Melody Dole, MD
"Don't Eat The Green Sleet""Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"D. Melody Dole, MD
"I Don't Wanna Get Shafted""I Don't Wanna Get Drafted"Sutch

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Don't Eat The Yellow Snow,"I've never seen yellow snow, per seCristo Payne
"Don't Eat The Yellow Snow,"Snow is WHITE, Frank, not yellow!Isac
"Village Of The Sun,"The Sun has no populated places.Yvette Bristle
"Jewish Princess,"No Jewish royalty since collapse of HashmonidsSusanna Viljanen
"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama,"Guitars are inanimate objects without desires.Susanna Viljanen

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Pop Singer," John Mellencamp"Bobby Brown," Frank Zappa
"The Cat," Jimmy Smith"Meow," Frank Zappa
"Where's Captain Kirk?," Spizzenergi"Montana," Frank Zappa
"I'm The Cat," Jackson Browne"Meow," Frank Zappa
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Mow" originally "Meow"
Wendy Torrance
"Don't Eat The Yellow Sow" originally "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
Eva Cave
"Teas Begin To Fall" originally "Tears Begin To Fall"
Daisy Pappus
"Fakes" originally "Flakes"
Ben LeGros
"Lakes" originally "Flakes"
Ben LeGros

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"He's So Gray" originally "He's So Gay"
Sutch
"Don't Heat The Yellow Snow" originally "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
cuz then it would melt!
Salvador Dali Parton
"Don't Beat The Yellow Snow" originally "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
Salvador Dali Parton

Change a Letter:

"Valley Gill" originally "Valley Girl"
Ed
"Volley Girl" originally "Valley Girl"
Serafina
"Don't Eat The Mellow Snow" originally "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
Sutch
"Don't Eat The Yellow Snot" originally "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
EEEEuuugh! :P
Eva Cave

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Tell Me You Love Me""Why Won't They Date Me?"B To The H
"Uncle Remus""Angry Rhesus"Blaydeman
"Dancin' Fool""Taykmai Tools"Abbott Skelding
"Don't Eat The Yellow Snow""Follow that motto "YOLO" bro"Matthias
"Dirty Love""Ygritte-y Love"Callmelennie
"I Am The Slime""I Am The Spam (revised edition)"Tim Hall
"Bobby Brown Goes Down""Richard Third the King"Susanna Viljanen
"Bobby Brown Goes Down""Richard Third the King"Susanna Viljanen
"Cosmik Debris""SCOTUS Decree"Callmelennie
"Catholic Girls""Calvinist Girls"Susanna Viljanen

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
I'm The SlimeYou Can't Do That on Television!The Deke
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?CondomsCalvin
Pound For a BrownEx-LaxFatrix
T**ties and BeerHootersprincejellyfish
Brown Shoes Don't Make ItKedsdave
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Suicide ChumpSuicide Prevention HotlineFbug
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?STD clinic/safer-sex advertisementsDiddims
My Guitar Wants To Kill Your MamaMusical Instruments StoreSamson and de Lilacs
I Have Been In YouProctologistJake Small
I Have Been In YouHelp For The Sexually AbusedJake Small
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Hannah
   Ray Lamontagne
Montana
   Frank Zappa
Hannah Montana
Gretchen Wieners
I'm Glad I'm Jewish
   Mike Bloomfield
Jewish Princess
   Frank Zappa
I'm Glad I'm a Jewish Princess
Sutch
She's As Beautiful As A Foot
   Blue Oyster Cult
Stink-Foot
   Frank Zappa
She's As Beautiful As Stink-Foot
neptunevsmars
You Are The Girl
   The Cars
Valley Girl
   Frank Zappa
You Are The Valley Girl
I didn't know Ric Ocasek liked ditzy blondes...
Cat
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Frankie Zappa Goes to Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood combined with Frank Zappa
Submitted By: Chris Caldwell
Squirrel Nut Zappas
Squirrel Nut Zippers combined with Frank Zappa
Submitted By: neptunevsmars
Led Zappalin
Led Zeppelin combined with Frank Zappa
Frank and Bonzo are probably jammin' in the Great Fillmore in the sky right now.
Submitted By: neptunevsmars
Frank Zapped By A Million Volts
Frank Zappa combined with Zapped By A Million Volts
Submitted By: Donna Gelpigi

There are additional Frank Zappa Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Jewish Princess"
Misheard Lyrics:
Lonely Inside
Well, she can swallow my pride
Original Lyrics:
Follow me inside
Where she can swallow my pride
"Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy"
Misheard Lyrics:
I had a Roger Daltrey capon
Original Lyrics:
I had a Roger Daltrey cape on
"I Have Been In You"
Misheard Lyrics:
And while I wasn't shy I might have been hunting the fly or And while I was inside I might have been humping the fly or And while I was inside I might have been harder to find
Original Lyrics:
And while I was inside I might have been undignified
"Flakes"
Misheard Lyrics:
Flesh flakes! or Fresh flakes! or Fresh snakes! or Fresh shakes! or French flakes! or Flex! Flex!
Original Lyrics:
Flakes! Flakes!
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy"
Misheard Lyrics:
I had a Roger Daltrey capon
Original Lyrics:
I had a Roger Daltrey cape on

Story about this misheard lyric by: Judith Nicolson

While I realised almost immediately what the correct lyrics were, I've never been able to get rid of the image of a chicken strutting around whirling a microphone around its head.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"San Ber'dino"
The Funny Lyrics:
She lives in Mojave in a Winnebago,
His name is Bobby, he looks like a potato.
Why They're Funny:
The rhyme is funny. Silly that Zappa would compare a guy's looks to a potato.
Submitted by: Daniel Rainey
"Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?"
The Funny Lyrics:
My balls feel like a pair of maracas
Why They're Funny:
Frank Zappa is one of the most insane people ever born...I think he's overrated, but his weirdness lives on in Steve Vai, one of the greatest musicians ever to live. And listening to this song kinda makes my balls hurt...
Submitted by: Chris DeNicola
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Valley Girl"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Valley girl, she's a valley girl, etc.
Why They're Repetitive:
Even though it's really repetitive, it's done quite intelligently. Really, do you enjoy listening to bubbleheads blab and blab about uselessness?
Submitted by: Otto
 

Song Title Space Change:

"Brown's Hoes Don't Make It" originally "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"
Something's wrong with Brown's garden tools.
Submitted by: Honey Doom Ellen

Song Title Anagrams:

"Prince J.S. Wishes" originally "Jewish Princess"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Prince Jish Sews" originally "Jewish Princess"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Hop Topo" originally "Hot Poop"
Topo, as in a topographic map
Submitted by: Megan Ura
"Pop Hoot" originally "Hot Poop"
Submitted by: Megan Ura

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Montana"
The Lyrics:
I might be moving to Montana soon...
Why:
Because even Zappa wasn't bold enough to move to West Virginia
Submitted by: princejellyfish
 

Songs That Are Banned:

"Money"
Someone named Peter said that there's a Zappa song named Money from 1965. It doesn't exist and he was probably confusing it with "We're Only In it For The Money", which is not a song, but an album, and it was in fact heavily censored
Submitted by: PompadurSwamp
"I Don't Wanna Get Drafted"
In 1980, fearing association with its overt political theme, Mercury records refuses to release this Frank Zappa single.
Submitted by: Peter
"Jewish Princess"
In 1979, this Zappa parody sparks vocal protests to the FCC from the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League.
Submitted by: Peter
"Let's Make The Water Turn Black"
In 1967 against his wishes, Frank Zappa's record company removes eight bars of this song. This occurs when a well-intentioned executive at Verve Records hears the lyric, "And I still remember mama with her apron and her pad, feeding all the boys at Ed's cafe." The executive thinks the referred-to "pad" is a sanitary napkin.
Submitted by: Peter
"Money"
In 1965 MGM records alters the lyrics of this song because it contains a sexual reference.
Submitted by: Peter

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Hot Poop" Length: 26 seconds
I really have no comment.
Submitted by: brainstem

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Pot Hoop" originally "Hot Poop"
Submitted by: Megan Ura
"Pot Hoop" originally "Hot Poop"
Megan Ura
Submitted by: Sheila Evans

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Zank Frappa originally "Frank Zappa"
Submitted by: Sutch

Performers with Handicaps:

"Permanent injuries from a serious fall"
Zappa sustained permanent physical damage after he was pushed into an orchestra pit by an enraged fan in London, 1971. The incident knocked him unconscious and left him confined to a wheelchair for about a year; of course he only made four albums over that year! His singing voice was permanently lowered due to his windpipe being crushed in the fall, and one of his shattered legs healed shorter than the other - something which he referred to in the song "Dancin' Fool".
Submitted by: neptunevsmars

Backwards Messages:

"Ya Hozna"
This is another song that is completely backwards! Words that can be discerned when played backwards include lyrics from Zappa's "Sofa Number 2", and some ecstatic speech from Moon Unit Zappa in her "Valley Girl" voice. Found on the album Them Or Us.
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Concert Antics"
In addition to tight musicianship, the Frank Zappa and Mothers of Invention concerts were renowned for wacky on-stage goofiness in concerts: from bizarre costume changes, to improvised theater, to simple repetitions of familiar phrases like "Book 'em Danno!" or "Mary Mother & Joseph!" Often Zappa would introduce "The Secret Word" for the evening, based on current events or whatever was happening with the band that day.
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

Music With a Warning Label:

"Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers of Prevention"
"WARNING/GUARANTEE
This album contains material which a truly free society would neither fear nor suppress. In some socially retarded areas, religious fanatics and ultra-conservative political organizations violate your First Amendment Rights by attempting to censor rock & roll albums. We feel that this is un-Constitutional and un-American. As an alternative to these government-supported programs (designed to keep you docile and ignorant), Barking Pumpkin is pleased to provide stimulating digital audio entertainment for those of you who have outgrown the ordinary. The language and concepts contained herein are GUARANTEED NOT TO CAUSE ETERNAL TORMENT IN THE PLACE WHERE THE GUY WITH THE HORNS AND THE POINTED STICK CONDUCTS HIS BUSINESS. This guarantee is as real as the threats of the video fundamentalists who use attacks on rock music in their attempt to transform America into a nation of check-mailing nincompoops (in the name of Jesus Christ). If there is a hell, its fires wait for them, not us."
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Valley Girl"
Became a 1983 film starring a young Nicolas Cage.
Submitted by: Peter

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