Frank Zappa

Titties & Beer

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The devil ate a biker's beer (cans and all) and girlfriend. The drunken guy could get them back if he sang the usual contract. He is so eager to do it that the devil backs out. Finally he vomits the girl out and she leaves with a "F*** you, clowns." Full of easy sexual and scatological jokes, "Titties & Beer" belongs to Frank Zappa's "funny" pile of songs. Most importantly it features a good funky groove and Terry Bozzio, who desperately tries to handle the drums and his part as "the devil" while wearing a ridiculous (and slippery) mask on his face. The song was only performed between 1976 and 1978, but Zappa managed to release five versions of it, four of them being actually different edits of the same live recording. It first appeared on the 1977 live LP Zappa in New York, edited. The CD reissue contains what is presumed to be the complete performance (seven minutes 35 seconds). The versions used for Läther and Have I Offended Someone? offer different edits (at 4:37 and 5:23). The only genuinely different recording appears on Baby Snakes. Some people see in "Titties & Beer" proof of Zappa's misogynist views. If the girl is not graciously portrayed (her only distinctive character is that she is "big-tittied"), the representative of the male gender doesn't sound any brighter -- nor does the devil, come to think of it. On-stage it was clean good fun, but musically speaking, and as far as Bozzio's vocal contribution is concerned, "Punky's Whips" is a much more rewarding song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Zappatite: Frank Zappa's Tastiest Tracks 2016 Zappa Records 7:17