The Mothers of Invention / Frank Zappa

Wowie Zowie

Composed by Frank Zappa

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"Wowie Zowie" appeared on the Mothers of Invention's first LP, Freak Out. It is a ludicrous happy doo wop ditty in the same vein as "Motherly Love" and "Any Way the Wind Blows." Zappa's original liner notes state the song is aimed at 12-year-olds. The lyrics tell of someone so infatuated with a girl he is willing to overlook her lack of hygiene: "Wowie zowie baby you're so fine/...I don't even care if you brush your teeth." The song features doo wop backing vocals and some mean xylophone. As for the song title, "Wowie Zowie" is the exclamatory expression of Suzy Creamcheese, the Mothers' characterized fictional groupie. She utters it at the beginning of "Ian Underwood Whips It Out" (on Uncle Meat) to enhance the sexual connotations of the saxophonist's statement that he is the "straight member of the group" (one of many examples of Zappa's love for conceptual continuity). "Wowie Zowie" was probably performed live at early MOI shows (although there are no records of it), but it quickly vanished. Zappa performed it at least twice in 1974 as a treat for fans and one of them is documented on the official bootleg Unmitigated Audacity.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Freak Out! 1966 Barking Pumpkin Records / Zappa Records 2:45
No Image 1969 2:45
Unmitigated Audacity 1991 Rhino/Warner Bros. 3:18
Threesome, Vol. 1 2002 Rykodisc 2:53
The MOFO Project/Object 2006 Frank Zappa Catalog / Universal 2:55
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