Frank Zappa

Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?

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In the liner notes to the 1977 Zappa in New York, Frank Zappa presented "Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?" as "just another love song." In his vocabulary, it means it is an anthropological example of Man and Woman's courtship. The boy was "the Playboy Type/...He had an Irish Setter"; the girl was "an office girl/...Her favorite group was Helen Reddy" ("upgraded" in the 1980s to Twisted Sister). They met in a singles bar, he took her to dinner. As he took her home, he tried to kiss her, but she refused. "It made him angry!/He called her a slut, a pig and a whore." She went inside, weeping. The song concludes on a lewd episode: unable to restart his car, he knocks at her door and asks to use the phone. They end up having sex after all.

A typical example of Zappa's crude humor, "Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?" became a live favorite and was performed regularly from its premiere around October 1975 up to and including the 1988 tour. Its walloping riff, fast pace, twisted arrangements, and funny narrative made it a highlight of the show.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Läther 1996 Rykodisc 4:57
Joe's Camouflage 2014 Universal / Vaulter Native / Zappa Records 4:16
Poughkeepsie 2018 Chrome Dreams / Smokin' 4:20