Frank Zappa, Apostrophe (‘)

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 12.18.11 in Reviews


Frank Zappa
Solid themes of religious skepticism and anti-materialism

Zappa’s equally essential 1973 album Over-Nite Sensation was an unexpectedly catchy, occasionally filthy set of tunes that flowed into one another both musically and conceptually, establishing the sound Zappa would evolve over the next decade. Follow-up Apostrophe’, however, cemented it, and even provided Zappa with a bona fide hit: the scatological 7/8 gutter-groover “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” which became his first charting single (and drove the album to become his first gold record). The lyrical threads are beyond absurdity (dog-doo snowcones, saintly pancakes, one-celled Hammond organisms), but somewhere under that sea of non sequitur lay solid themes of religious skepticism and anti-materialism.