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Dog 3000
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Edited Feb 25, 2010, 18:18
Re: Zappa
Feb 25, 2010, 18:16
I think he was "sincere" in his potty-joking. You have to remember he came around about the same time as the "sexual revolution" and "legalized porn", and everything I've read indicates he was an active participant in such things (seems his marriage to Gail was "open" -- he had lots of girlfriends on the road.)

His muse was always informed by stuff going on in the larger culture at the time (from Watts to the PMRC . . . ) I think his "sexual commentary" is of a piece with the rest of his "social commentary."

While certainly aware of the commercial appeal of references to sex (and boogers and other bodily functions), the actual meaning of these references is a real mixed bag.

Take "Punky's Whips" for example -- record company cut this track originally because it was "obscene." In the song, Terry Bozzio describes in rather vivid detail his sexual fantasies towards another guy, Punky Meadows from the band Angel. Is the song anti-gay or pro-gay? Would the record company have been OK with the track if the singer was talking about coming in a girl's mouth instead of a guy's? At the end of the day, it raises all sorts of questions . . . the lyrics may be a "turn off" but it makes ya think about sex and how "society" views various kinds of activities. (I'm not saying what this song "means", just that it is an invitation to think things over for yourself . . . )

Or more simply: like Jon Waters, Zappa is a button-pusher. He wants to push the audience out of their confort zone and "see what happens."
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