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Album cover parody of Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
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Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zapa


The universe consists of 5% protons, 5% neutrons, 5% electrons and 85% morons.
Submitted by: Einstein Jones
Poodle bites, cmon Frenchy, poodle chews it, snap it!!
Submitted by: Robert Sellarole
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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:

Submitter Name
"My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama,"Guitars can't kill or think; they're just objectsClever Name
"The Duke Of Prunes,"There is no duke of prunesClever Name
"Plastic People,"No person is made out of plasticClever 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

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Where My Girls At," 702"Saint Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast," Frank Zappa
"That Smell," Lynyrd Skynyrd"Stink Foot," Frank Zappa
"Who's That Lady?," The Isley Brothers"Valley Girl," Frank Zappa
"Advice," Christina Grimmie"Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," Frank Zappa
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Jewish Princes" originally "Jewish Princess"
Rare case of letter removal changing gender AND #
Lucinda Blair
"Mew" originally "Meow"
Now sound of kitten rather than older cat
Karen Smith
"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

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Jazz From Hello" originally "Jazz From Hell"
Sylvia Curruca
"He's So Gray" originally "He's So Gay"
"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:

"A Great Gum" originally "A Great Guy"
Yvette Bristle
"A Great Gut" originally "A Great Guy"
Yvette Bristle
"A Great Buy" originally "A Great Guy"
Yvette Bristle
"A Treat Guy" originally "A Great Guy"
Yvette Bristle
"A Great Gus" originally "A Great Guy"
Yvette Bristle

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Bobby Brown (Goes Down)""Antonio Brown (Goes Down)"Mike Hunt
"Suicide Chump""Truthicide Trump"eel deal
"Don't Eat the Yellow Snow""Don't Heed the Yellow Glow"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Any Kind of Pain""Any Kind of Strange (The Kayleigh McEnany Song)"Jeff in Richmond VA
"Bobby Brown""Donald Trump"JuicedaSlop
"Montana, Dynamo Hum""Zappa Weighs In On Montana Elections"Callmelennie
"Bobby Brown""Donald Trump"Jeff In Richmond VA
"Bobby Brown (Goes Down)""Donald Trump (Goes Dumb)"George Washington
"Jewish Princess""Genovian Princess"girlypink66
"Jewish Princess""Karaoke Princess"Susanna Viljanen

There are additional song parodies available.

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

Song Name
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
Uncle RemusAny white supremacist organizationBurger King Corporation
Jewish PrincessPro-Palestinian groupBort & Ornie
Saint Alfonzo's Pancake BreakfastIHOPMC Blargenfedibblenohip
Suicide ChumpSuicide Prevention HotlineFbug
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?STD clinic/safer-sex advertisementsDiddims
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
   Nicki Minaj
   Frank Zappa
Anaconda, Montana
A small city in western Montana
Ashley Michelle McGowan
Red River Valley
   Marty Robbins
Valley Girl
   Frank Zappa
Red River Valley Girl
Ashley Michelle McGowan
Rich Girl
   Hall And Oates
Valley Girl
   Frank Zappa
Rich Valley Girl
I Enjoy Being A Girl
   Peggy Lee
Valley Girl
   Frank Zappa
I Enjoy Being A Valley Girl
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:

"Go Cry On Somebody Else’s Shoulder"
Misheard Lyrics:
Your girl today, wears a way
Original Lyrics:
A year ago today you went away
"Who Are the Brain Police?"
Misheard Lyrics:
The chrome is too sock
Original Lyrics:
The chrome is too soft
"I Ain’t Got No Heart"
Misheard Lyrics:
Girl, you beg no
Original Lyrics:
Girl, you better go
"Hungry Freaks, Daddy"
Misheard Lyrics:
The youthful minds that empty my
The day you're smug and step aside
Original Lyrics:
The useful minds that it denied
The day you shrugged and stepped aside
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"No, Not Now"
Misheard Lyrics:
green peace your a**holes-hum hum-Greenpeace your assholes
Original Lyrics:
greenbeans to Utah-yum yum-greenbeans to utah

Story about this misheard lyric by: Albert E Ott

Someone gave me a Frank Zappa mix and suggested don't listen and drive (good advice). I didn't get corrected until 30 years later.

There are additional misheard stories available.

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
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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

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Jewish Princess"
The Insulting Lyrics:
I want a nasty little Jewish Princess
With long phony nails and a hairdo that rinses
Why They're Insulting:
Calling someone "nasty", regardless of their religious orientation, is downright insulting.
Submitted by: Joe

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"It Can’t Happen Here"
Opening Lines:
It can't happen here It can't happen here, I'm telling you, my dear
This song is crazier than it sounds. Trust me.
Submitted by: Clever Nam3
"Help, I’m A Rock"
Opening Lines:
Help, I'm a rock (Repeat 4 times)
This song is crazy bonkers, trust me.
Submitted by: Clever Name
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Scary Song Lyrics:

"The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny"
The Lyrics:
Bwah ha ha . . . (Cough!)
Mmph ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha!
So this might seem normal, it’s just laughing but its not. The whole song is like this but it sounds like they’re posessed and it sounds creepy and weird. If you don’t believe me listen to it yourself
Submitted by: Clever Name

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:

"Sir Pinches Jews" originally "Jewish Princess"
Submitted by: Lefty Lucy
"Logical Christ" originally "Catholic Girls"
Submitted by: Evan
"OK, I Am Ugly, Mutilatory Straw Man." originally "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama"
Submitted by: Evan
"Prince J.S. Wishes" originally "Jewish Princess"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Prince Jish Sews" originally "Jewish Princess"
Submitted by: Sutch

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

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

Songs That Are Banned:

"Bobby Brown"
Banned in the US for the...overtly...sexual content
Submitted by: Evan
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

There are additional Songs That Are Banned available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Stinkfoot" Length: 6:40
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Dinah-Hoe Humm" Length: 6:03
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Dinah-Hoe Humm" Length: 6:03
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Fifty-Fifty" Length: 6:10
Submitted by: Clever Name
"The Grand Wazoo" Length: 13:18
Submitted by: Clever Name

There are additional Super Long Pop Songs available.

Super Short Pop Songs:

"I’m Not Satisfied" Length: 2:38
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Anyway The Wind Blows" Length: 2:55
Submitted by: Clever Name
"How Could I Be Such A Fool" Length: 2:13
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Motherly Love" Length: 2:45
Submitted by: Clever Name
"I Ain’t Got No Heart" Length: 2:35
Submitted by: Clever Name

There are additional Super Short Pop Songs available.

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Don't Seat The Yellow, No" originally "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger
"My Guitar Wants To Mill Your Comma" originally "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama"
As sensible as any want attributed to a guitar
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos
"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

Hidden Messages:

"Sleep Dirt"
This album is said to all be instrumental. But at the ending of the song with the same name as the album you can hear two voices: "Heh! Gettin' tired? No, fingers got stuck!" Those are the only lyrics.
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Hot Poop"
When it reaches 15 seconds there’s some reversed lyrics which are alternate lyrics to another song on that album called “Mother People”.
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Hot Poop"
When it reaches 15 seconds there’s some reversed lyrics which are alternate lyrics to another song on that album called “Mother People”.
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Harry, Your A Beast"
Around the one minute mark there’s some reversed lyrics.
Submitted by: Clever Name

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:

"Jazz From Hell"
In one of perhaps the stupidest examples of prior censorship, "Jazz From Hell" got slapped with an "explicit lyrics" label even though its content is PURELY INSTRUMENTAL!!! That meant it had NO lyrics at ALL. But then, Frank Zappa HATED absolutely EVERYTHING for which the badly-misnamed "Parents's Music Resources Center" stood anyway; one of his later albums was titled "Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of PREvention.' His best-remembered musical team, of course, was called "The Mothers Of INvention.'
Submitted by: Parker Gabriel
"Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers of Prevention"
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

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"You Are What You Is"
The Lyrics:
A foolish young man
From a middle class family
Started singin' the blues
'Cause he thought it was manly
Now he talks like the Kingfish
From Amos 'n' Andy
Amos 'n' Andy
Submitted by: Tarzan

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