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Roxy—The Soundtrack

(CD, Zappa Records EAGDV050/CD, October 30, 2015)

  1. Something Terrible Has Happend 1:19
  2. Cosmik Debris 9:54
  3. Penguin In Bondage 8:22
  4. T'Mershi Duween 1:56
  5. Dog/Meat (The Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat) 4:14
  6. RDNZL 4:51
  7. Echidna's Arf (Of You) 3:54
  8. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? 7:02
  9. Cheepnis—Percussion 4:08
  10. Cheepnis 5:40
  11. Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church) 17:32

Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
December 8-10, 1973

Original 16-Track recordings produced by FZ with Kerry McNabb
Sound truck: Wally Heider Mobile
Mix and mastering by Bruce Botnick
Vaultmeisterment & music transfers by Joe Travers

FZ—lead guitar, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Tom Fowler—bass
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Bruce Fowler—trombone, dancing (?), vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, flute, lead vocals
Ralph Humphrey—drums
Chester Thompson—drums

1. Something Terrible Has Happened 1:19

Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
December 9, 1973, early show

That's a really good beat you have there. Ladies and gentlemen.

Just calm yourselves for a moment, because we're making a movie here tonight, and we wanna make sure that the cameras will get the music in synchronization with the picture and something terrible has happened.

Now, I don't wanna keep you in suspense for too long, ladies and gentlemen, but we plan a really dynamite show for you. And we really don't want to— We don't want to fuck it up, ladies and gentlemen, so, just relax and sip on your beverages and, any moment now the curtain will go up and we'll be zany for you, so just cool it!

This is a recording.

I know what we'll do. We'll pretend like we're doing the show with the curtain still down, for the first part. We'll just play some background music until they get the camera fix and then we'll surprise you.

2. Cosmik Debris 9:54


You know, the Mystery Man came over
An' he said: "I'm outa-site!"
He said, for a nominal service charge,
I could reach nervonna t'nite
If I was ready, willing 'n able
(Well . . . )
To pay him his regular fee
He would drop all the rest of his pressing affairs
And devote His Attention to me
But I said . . .
Look here brother,
Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
(Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?)
Look here brother,
Don't you waste your time on me

Well, the Mystery Man got nervous
An' he fidget around a bit
He reached in the pocket of his Mystery Robe
An' he whipped out a shaving kit
Now, I thought it was a razor
An' a can of foamin' goo
But he told me right then when the top popped open
There was nothin' his box won't do
(Well . . . )
With the oil of Afro-dytee
An' the dust of the Grand Wazoo
He said:
"You might not believe this, little fella, but it'll cure your Asthma too!"
An' I said, "Oh, really?"
Look here brother,
(Look here brother)
Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
(Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
Look here brother,
Don't you waste your time on me


I've got troubles of my own, I said
An' you can't help me out
So take your meditations an' your preparations
An' ram it up yer snout
An' he held it on up to the light
So I snatched it
All away from him
An' I showed him how to do it right
I wrapped a newspaper 'round my head
So I'd look like I was Deep
I said some Mumbo Jumbos then
An' I told him he was goin' to sleep
I robbed his rings
An' pocket watch
An' everything else I found
I had that sucker hypnotized
He couldn't even make a sound
I proceeded to tell him his future then
As long as he was hanging around,
I said
"The price of meat has just gone up
An' yer ol' lady has just went down . . . "
Look here brother,
(Look here brother!)
Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
(Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?)
Don't you know,
You could make more money as a butcher,
So don't you waste your time on me

Thank you!

3. Penguin In Bondage 8:22

We're making a movie. There's a camera up there, there's a camera up there, there's a camera right here, there's a camera back there, there's lights all over this place yet all make believe. That's right, there's no film in the cameras. We're just pretending. See? So you just relax, and if the lights happen to go on, you just pretend there's no film in the camera because we may have you do something amusing later.

Alright! Pardon me, folks. The name of this song is "Penguin in Bondage," an' it's a song that, uh, deals with the possible variations on a basic theme which is . . . well, you understand what the basic theme is. And then the variations include, uh, manoeuvres that might be executed with the aid of, uh, extra-terrestrial gratification and devices which might or might not be supplied in a local department store or perhaps a drugstore but at very least in one of those fancy new shops that they advertise in the back-pages of the free press.

This song suggests to the suggestible listener that the ordinary procedure, uh, that I'm circumlocuting at this present time in order to get this text on television, is that, uh, if you wanna do something other than what you thought you were gonna do when you first took your clothes off and you just happened to have some DEVICES around . . . then it's, it's not only okay to get into the PARAPHERNALIA of it all but . . . hey!

What did he say? Ready?

I have them. I bet you do too, don't you?

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
Way over on the wet side
Of the bed

Just like the mighty Penguin
Flappin' her eight ounce wings

Lord, you know it's all over
If she come atcha on the strut & wrap 'em all around yer head
Flappin' her eight ounce wings, flappinumm

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy

Shake up the pale-dry
Ginger ale

Tremblin' like a Penguin
When the battery fail
(You know when the battery fails in the vibrator?)

Lord, you must be havin' her jumpin' through a hoopa real fire
With some Kleenex wrapped around a coat-hang wire

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
Howlin' over to some
Antarcticulated moon

In the frostbite nite
With her flaps gone white
Shriekin' as she spot the hoop across the room
(Right through the hoop, without even feeling any pain)

You know it must be a Penguin bound down
If you hear that terrible screamin' and there ain't no other
Birds around

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
Aw, you must be careful
Not to leave her straps

'Cause she just might box yer dog
'Cause she just might box yer dog
An' leave you a dried-up dog biscuit . . .

4. T'Mershi Duween 1:56


5. Dog/Meat (The Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat) 4:14

includes Uncle Meat and a quotation from Dwarf Nebula Processional March


6. RDNZL 4:51

Thank you.

7. Echidna's Arf (Of You) 3:54

Oh . . . Village . . .

8. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? 7:02

includes quotations from Be-Bop Tango and Penguin In Bondage

Ladies and gentlemen,
Watch Ruth!
All during our program
Ruth has been thinking:
"What can I do
That'll be fantastic?"
Something nice for the camera, I hope
Ruth, show 'em a little something

9. Cheepnis—Percussion 4:08

Ruth Underwood, Ralph Humphrey, Chester Thompson.

Thank you.

Alright, now, have a surprise for you. You've all been fooled.

Now, that little thing there is nothing more and nothing less than the rhythm track of the next song that we're gonna play, which is a song about monster movies and it's called "A Little More Cheepnis Please."

Here's what it sounds with everything else stuck to it—you already heard the drum part.

Quick, mop 'em off.

Can they play it right a second time?

Ruth: A-ha.
Someone: Hey. Just play the [...].
FZ: Yeah, no, we'll just overdub it later. Ready?
Ruth: Oh, wait. No, I'm not.

10. Cheepnis 5:40


Let me tell you something, do you like monster movies? Anybody? I LOVE monster movies, I simply adore monster movies, and the cheaper they are, the better they are. And cheapness in the case of a monster movie has nothing to do with the budget of the film, although it helps, but true cheapness is exemplified by visible nylon strings attached to the jaw of a giant spider . . .

I'll tell you, a good one that I saw one time—I think the name of the film was It Conquered The World, and the— Did you ever see that one? The monster looks sort of like an inverted ice-cream cone with teeth around the bottom. It looks like a (phew!), like a teepee or . . . sort of a rounded off pup-tent affair, and, uh, it's got fangs on the base of it—I don't know why but it's a very threatening sight, and then he's got a frown and, you know, ugly mouth and everything, and there's this one scene where the, uh, monster is coming out of a cave, see? There's always a scene where they come out of a cave, at least once, and the rest of the cast— It musta been made around the 1950s, the lapels are about like that wide, the ties are about that wide and about this short, and they always have a little revolver that they're gonna shoot the monster with, and there is always a girl who falls down and twists her ankle.

Heh-hey! Of course there is! You know how they are, the weaker sex and everything, twisting their ankle on behalf of the little ice-cream cone. Well in this particular scene, in this scene, folks, they, uh, they didn't wanna re-take it 'cause it musta been so good they wanted to keep it, but they— When the monster came out of the cave, just over on the left hand side of the screen you can see about this much two-by-four attached to the bottom of the thing as the guy is pushing it out, and then obviously off-camera somebody's goin', "NO! GET IT BACK!" And they drag it back just a little bit as the guy is goin', "KCH! KCH!" Now that's cheapness. Awright?

And this is "Cheepnis" here. One, two, three, four . . .

I ate a hot dog
It tasted real good
Then I watched a movie
From Hollywood

I ate a hot dog
It tasted real good
Then I watched a movie
From Hollywood

Little Miss Muffett on a squat by me, yeah
I took a turn around, I said: Can y'all see now?
The little strings on the Giant Spider?
The Zipper From The Black Lagoon?
The vents by the tanks where the bubbles go up?
(And the flaps on the side of the moon)

The jelly & paint on the 40 watt bulb
They use when the slime droozle off
The rumples & the wrinkles in the cardboard rock, yeah
And the canvas of the cave is too soft

The suits & the hats & the tie's too wide
And too short for the scientist man
The chemistry lady with the roll-away mind, yeah
While the monster just ate Japan

Ladies and gentlemen,
The monster,
Which the peasants in this area call FRUNOBULAX
Has just been seen approaching The Power Plant
Bullets can't stop it
Rockets can't stop it
We may have to use NUCLEAR FORCE!

WAH! Run! C'mon! Get up quickly! Back to the [...] Everybody c'mon!
Might be your last chance! Go to the shelter you want now!



Little Miss Muffett on a squat by me,
Can ya see the little strings danglin' down?
Makes the legs go wobble an' the mouth flop shut, yeah
Go rollin' around

Can y'see it at all
Can y'see it from here
Can y'laugh till yer weak on yer knees
If you can't, I'm sorry 'cause that's all I wanna know, yeah
I need a little more cheepnis please
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause it's all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause it's all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause it's all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause . . . wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis please
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause it's all I want . . .
I need a little more cheepnis please
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause it's all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis
(Cheeper the better)
(Cheeper the better)
(Cheeper the better)
(Cheeper the better)
Baby, I'm sorry 'cause it's all I wanna know
I need a little more cheepnis . . .

Thank you!

11. Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church) 17:32

includes The Hook, Anything You Wanna Do and quotations from Dupree's Paradise, Straight No Chaser (Thelonious Monk) and Dragnet (Schumann/Rósza)


Now, listen to this, folks. We got this tune, see, that's a— You know, the tango as a dance of unbridled passion—I'm sure you're familiar with it, you know, the one where you get to go . . . Okay? We have modified the tango somewhat in order to make it— bring it up to date, you know, make it accessible to a . . . a young contemporary audience such as yourselves. People who are obviously in the know.

Now we have— we have converted the tango into something that go— that transcends the tango form. We've combined the tango with be-bop and maybe even later a smoke machine, we don't know. We have some people in the audience tonight that— Well, they're friends, they've been around the Hollywood scene for a long time. I'm sure if they come up on to the stage—(BURP) pardon me, folks—you'll recognize 'em right away. He he he . . . So . . .

You can turn on the big lights, we may need 'em. You know, the ones in the audience. Heh heh heh. Okay, you're ready? Not too fast now 'cause I wanna get the right notes on the tape and this, this has to be the one. This has to be the one with all the right notes on it. Okay, 're you ready? And this is a hard one to play . . .

That's why I don't play on it.

One, two, three, four . . .

George: As I was saying . . .

FZ: Now, what we'd like to do at this point is get some volunteers from the audience to— I know you will, oh God, you will. We need some— Heh heh heh—Now, as a matter of fact you did, didn't you. No, we wanna have some people who've never tried it before, who've never even thought of trying it before. A boy, a girl, preferably who like each other, who would like to come up here and attempt to dance to what George sings.


FZ: Do we have anybody whose . . . ?

FZ: You're one. Okay, what's your name?
Carl: Carl.
FZ: Your name is Carl? Please, Carl, step on to the stage. Pleased to meet you, Carl.


FZ: Alright. Okay? Let's see, uh . . . is there anybody in the, in the back?


FZ: Well . . . oh-oh, hey! What's your name?

FZ: Oh, wait a minute, we've already collected a male costumer! Ah, you can stay, it's okay, you can stay. We don't want to turn anyone away. What are your name?
Rick: Rick.
FZ: Rick, and?
Jane: Jane.
FZ: Jane? RICK and JANE and CARL! Alright, here's how it works: There's a beat going on like this; an' that's a pedestrian beat.
You can forgive a— You can forget about that beat, because that beat is only for reference. You don't dance to that beat, you dance to what George sings, okay?


FZ: The little ones, okay? The little quick ones, okay? Ready? George, make them dance!


FZ: No, no, Rick, you're too reserved. Ready? Give it to 'em George!

Dum-dup dum-deddle-do-do-dup

FZ: No, no . . .

Pe-dum duddle-deddle-dup

FZ: No, no, come on now, loosen up! Listen, encourage them! When it, when . . . Ah! Okay! Alright, one more time: dance!

Do-ah-dee po-dee-DAH
Po-dee-DAH . . .

Pee-deddle-dup PE-DOP
Doop doop dum deddle-de-dup pe-dop dum-de-dee-dah
De-dum de-dum do-dee-up
Po-dee do-dee-dum
Do-we-ooh doo-doo-roo-doo
De-da-da dee-dah

FZ: Let's study this phenomenon.

Po-dee do-dee-dum
Deep-dee do-dee-dup
OH! Doo-pee-dee-bop

De-dum do-de-dum
Do-ah-dee po-dee-DAH
De-dum do-de-dum
Po-dah-dee po-dee-DAH
De-dum do-de-dum
Do-dah-dee po-dee-DAH
De-dum doddle-dee-oh-du-dup
De-dum dup
De-dum do-wee-oh-do-dup
De-dum doddle-dee-oh-du-dup
De-dum doo-wee-ooh dup-du-ep
Deddle-de-deddle-dew-du-dup . . .

FZ: Now look, Rick and Jane and Carl, you, you're wonderful but you're just too reserved. Now . . .
Lana: I still can, Frank!
FZ: I know you will, maybe in a minute. Okay, I'll t-tell you what: Go back to your seats and we'll bring up the next batch, okay? Carl, Rick and Jane!
Okay. Uh . . . Let's see . . . Yeah, I will try you again, come 'ere.

FZ: The what? Oh, you don't know. Alright, you wanna try?
Lana: I'll do anything you say, Frank.
FZ: OH, MY GOD! Awright, your name is Lana, right? Lana, dance!

De-dum do-dep dum-deddle-dup
De boop
Boop bep

De-dum do-de-dum
Po-dah-dee-ooh po-dee-DAH

FZ: Now that's more like it.

Po-dah po-dee-dah

FZ: Would you get those glasses out away?

Do-um-de-um do-um deddle-doop
De-do dee-dap
Po-da-dum do-deddle-do-dee-dah

Do-de-dum de-dep

Pa-doo-do-do-dah do-dah

FZ: Lana, you're so good we have to bring up some other people to assist you. Brenda, imported from Edwards Air Force Base, where she— Ladies and gentlemen, Brenda . . . Brenda is a PROFESSIONAL HARLOT, and she just got finished stripping for a bunch of guys at Edwards Air Force Base, and she made it down here in time for the show. Two hours of taking it off for the boys in the corps, really good. Okay. Heh. Brenda, Brenda has a lovely assistant named Carl, or Robert James Davis if you prefer. Okay, dance!

De-dum de-um-dum
Pe-de-dum de-dum deddle-dop

FZ: You're still too adagio, I keep telling you!

Be-dum de-dum
Do-ah-dee po-dee-DAH
Po-dee-DAH . . .
Po-dee-DAH . . .

FZ: Turn on the bubble machine!

Deep-dwe-DAH . . .

Pah-do-do-dep dah-do-dup
Dah-do-dup do-dup-dah-do

Do-we do-do-de-dum
Be-deddle-dep um-dep um-dep
Um-diddy-up um-dup

FZ: God, is that a cheap bubble-machine!

Now, wha . . . ?
OW, po-eh-doo-dum do-do-DAH-woo
Wo-de-um do-doo we-dep
Deddle-dup boo-zoo-woo eh-de-DAH-wo-zip

FZ: Ladies and gentlemen: DUNT'S EX-WIFE!

FZ: Ladies and gentlemen, you're probably sitting in your chairs, saying to yourselves: "I could do that!" And of course you can! And now is your big chance. All you have to do—first step is easy, all you gotta do is stand up. Go ahead, just stand up. There you go, you are standing up. Yes, some of you are not standing up, but you won't have as much fun as the ones who are standing up. Okay, turn on the big lights so everybody can see what's going on. Yes, very many of you are standing up. Okay, get into the groove of it all. Now, LINK YOUR MIND WITH THE MIND OF GEORGE DUKE!


FZ: And when— That's it! When he plays those funny fast little notes, twitch around and have a good time with the "Be-Bop Tango," let's try it!

Dup dup-dah-doo
Dup-dah-dup-dee-dah pa-doo
Deddle-dah-deddle-dah dup-dah-dah
Dup-dup dee

FZ: It's no good just to slap your hands, that's too pedestrian. Twitch around!

Anything you wanna do
Anything you wanna do
Done and do
It's alright
It's alright
You came to the right place
Yeah yeah yeah, hey now

Anything you wanna do
Is alright
Wanna do
Anything you wanna do
Is alright
Yes, there, guys, you know you came to the right place
(Give me some of that wine now)

FZ: Alright. Now, look here. As you might have guessed, ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of our concert. We'd like to thank you ver— would like to thank you very much for coming, hope you had a good time!

Bruce Fowler on trombone,
Napoleon Murphy Brock on tenor sax and lead vocals,
Ruth Underwood on percussion,
Ralph Humphrey on drums,
Chester Thompson on drums,
Tom Fowler on bass
And George Duke on the keyboards
Thank you very much!

Do anything you want to do
Do anything you want to do
'Cause the Roxy is the right way

Alright (Alright)
Alright (Alright)
Alright (Alright)
Alright (Alright)
Alright (Alright)
Alright (Alright)

Oh, alright!


All compositions by Frank Zappa except as noted
Site maintained by Román García Albertos
Original transcription for new material by Román with corrections by Charles Ulrich
The parts on the Roxy & Elsewhere album are printed this way
The parts on previous CDs are printed this way
This page updated: 2017-12-16