Frank Zappa

Crew Slut

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"Crew Slut" is another life on the road story, although this time it has a more generic quality and is embedded in the story line of the 1979 album Joe's Garage. Mary, Joe's girlfriend, a regular catholic girl (as explained in the previous song on the album, "Catholic Girls"), went backstage at a venue in order to perform fellatio on a crew member in the hope of getting a free pass to see a rock concert. Larry, the willing technician, explains what a beautiful way of life it is to be a crew slut, encouraging the girl to join them and "get on the bus." The Central Scrutinizer emphasizes the moral message of this song: "Again we see/MUSIC/Causing/BIG TROUBLE!" Mary leaves town with the band, now being part of its "entourage."

The first Frank Zappa song to feature Terry Bozzio's wife, Dale, "Crew Slut" is a funny blues-rock that includes bits of dialogue between Larry and Mary. The song was probably written especially for Joe's Garage. It was not performed on-stage prior to or upon its release. First live occurrences happen in 1984. It became a regular feature during the 1988 tour, being segued to "Catholic Girls" (but it was also often played alone). The 1988 version adopts a faster tempo and includes nice brass arrangements. A recording can be found on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Joe's Garage: Act I 1979 Rykodisc
Joe's Garage, Acts 1-3 1979 Rykodisc 6:31