Frank Zappa

Ms. Pinky

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A song about inflatable dolls, "Ms. Pinky" logically followed "The Torture Never Stops" on the 1976 LP Zoot Allures. Frank Zappa kept the same gloomy atmosphere for it (sparse arrangements, semi-perverted vocals), but switched gears for a medium-tempo rock. Miss Pinky is a "Rubber Girl" (the title of another Zappa song on this topic) and is presented as the perfect female companion: "She never talk back, like a lady might do/And she looks like she loves it every time I get through." It's ironic, of course: The "$69.95" doll sounds pitiful after the refined sadistic cries of pain and pleasure heard in the previous song. "Ms. Pinky" was released as the B-side to "Disco Boy" (Warner Bros., 1976). It was performed only occasionally upon its release, but became a regular feature (played much faster) during the 1980 tour. A recording from that year appears on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6. The same song was integrated to Zappa's intended-stage-production-turned-into-an-album Thing Fish under the title "Artificial Rhonda"; the lyric fiddling required to fit the title in the chorus makes it difficult to listen to when one already knows the original song. It illustrates a scene where the character Harry-as-a-Boy asks a rubber replica of Rhonda to dance and falls in love with her/it. The music itself comes from the same tracks as the original studio version.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Zoot Allures 1976 Rykodisc 3:40