[ Rykodisc / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 17 November 2009
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Originally released as a double album in 1981, and now digitally remastered, 'You Are What You Is' features Zappa at his satiric best, with guitar provided by Steve Vai!
'You Are What You Is' is a Zappa classic!
Lots of social commentary on this one, particularly on the dangers of "organized religion." Originally released as a double album in 1981 (and now on one CD), this set is unusually heavy on vocals; in fact only one track, a brief excerpt from the ballet "Sinister Footwear," is an instrumental.
With a cast including Moon Zappa, Steve Vai, Ike Willis and returning Mother Jimmy Carl Black, FZ takes stabs at punk fashion ("Mudd Club", "I'm a Beautiful Guy"), salutes his pals from the planet Remulak ("Conehead"); and closes it out with "Drafted Again," a remake of his topical 1980 single "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted."
But the sharpest satire is reserved for the churches, on a pointed sequence of tunes including "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" (first performed on "Saturday Night Live"), "Dumb All Over", and "Heavenly Bank Account."
Harder Than Your Husband
Theme From The 3rd Movement of Sinister Footwear
I'm A Beautiful Guy
Beauty Knows No Pain
Charlie's Enormous Mouth
You Are What You Is
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
Dumb All Over
Heavenly Bank Account
Jumbo Go Away
If Only She Woulda