One of the great things about these documentaries is that if you’ve never heard a lot of a band’s music or never been really interested in them, they can really open your eyes to what you’ve missed. 🙂
Apostrophe (‘) is an album by Frank Zappa, his eighteenth, released on March 22, 1974 in both stereo and quadraphonic formats. An edited version of its lead-off track, “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow“, was Zappa’s first chart single, reaching position 86. Apostrophe (‘) remains Zappa’s biggest commercial success in the US. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 7, 1976. The album also peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Charts, and would end up becoming Zappa’s highest-charting album.
Continuing from the commercial breakthrough of Over-Nite Sensation (1973), this album is a similar mix of short songs showcasing Zappa’s humor and musical arrangements. The record’s lyrical themes are often bizarre or obscure, with the exception of “Uncle Remus”, which is an extension of Zappa’s feelings on racial disharmony featured on his earlier song “Trouble Every Day“.
Whoa, are we moving too slow?
Have you seen us, Uncle Remus?
We look pretty sharp in these clothes
(Yes, we do)
Unless we get sprayed with a hose
It ain’t bad in the day
If they squirt it your way
‘Cept in the wintah, when it’s froze
And it’s hard if it hits, on your nose
(On your nose)
Just keep your nose
To the grindstone they say
Will that redeem us, Uncle Reemus?
I can’t wait til mah ‘fro is full grown
I’ll just throw away my doo-rag at home
I’ll take a drive to
Just before dawn
And knock the little jockeys
Off the rich peoples lawn
And before they get up
I’ll be gone
(I’ll be gone)
Before they get up
I’ll be knockin’ the jockeys off the lawn
(Down in the dew)