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You Are What You Is

Frank Zappa

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You Are What You Is was another of Frank Zappa's periodic post-Over-Nite Sensation efforts that concentrated on tight songwriting supported by satirical lyrics. Originally a two-record set featuring 20 songs, You Are What You Is skewered a variety of targets, from teenagers, punk rock, disco, and country music to the media, yuppies, the beauty-and-fitness industry, upper-class vice, religious hypocrisy, suicide, and the military draft -- all the trappings of Reagan-era America. Occasionally, Zappa's satirical points seem ill-thought-out, if not unnecessarily malicious; "Jumbo Go Away" is perhaps the most offensive song in Zappa's huge canon of potentially offensive songs, a tale of a whining, VD-riddled groupie who is portrayed as deserving the punch in the face she gets from an irritated musician. Despite that misstep, though, You Are What You Is is quite ambitious in scope and in general one of Zappa's most accessible later-period efforts; it's a showcase for his songwriting skills and his often acute satirical perspective, with less of the smutty humor that some listeners find off-putting.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Teen-age Wind
00:03:02

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

2
Harder Than Your Husband
00:02:28

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℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

3
Doreen
00:04:43

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℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

4
Goblin Girl
00:04:06

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℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

5
Theme From The 3rd Movement Of Sinister Footwear
00:03:34

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

6
Society Pages
00:02:27

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

7
I'm A Beautiful Guy
00:01:56

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

8
Beauty Knows No Pain
00:03:01

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

9
Charlie's Enormous Mouth
00:03:36

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

10
Any Downers?
00:02:08

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

11
Conehead
00:04:28

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

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You Are What You Is
00:04:23

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

13
Mudd Club
00:03:10

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

14
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
00:03:10

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

15
Dumb All Over
00:06:14

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

16
Heavenly Bank Account
00:04:02

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

17
Suicide Chump
00:02:49

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

18
Jumbo Go Away
00:03:43

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

19
If Only She Woulda
00:03:47

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

20
Drafted Again
00:03:05

Frank Zappa, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Zappa Family Trust

Album Description

You Are What You Is was another of Frank Zappa's periodic post-Over-Nite Sensation efforts that concentrated on tight songwriting supported by satirical lyrics. Originally a two-record set featuring 20 songs, You Are What You Is skewered a variety of targets, from teenagers, punk rock, disco, and country music to the media, yuppies, the beauty-and-fitness industry, upper-class vice, religious hypocrisy, suicide, and the military draft -- all the trappings of Reagan-era America. Occasionally, Zappa's satirical points seem ill-thought-out, if not unnecessarily malicious; "Jumbo Go Away" is perhaps the most offensive song in Zappa's huge canon of potentially offensive songs, a tale of a whining, VD-riddled groupie who is portrayed as deserving the punch in the face she gets from an irritated musician. Despite that misstep, though, You Are What You Is is quite ambitious in scope and in general one of Zappa's most accessible later-period efforts; it's a showcase for his songwriting skills and his often acute satirical perspective, with less of the smutty humor that some listeners find off-putting.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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