Outside Now

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)


Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1979: Yes, this is the track that appears on "Guitar". In its actual context, this solo appears in the midst of an otherwise normal "City of Tiny Lites" from the 3/31 early show. The "City" starts off as always- vocals, then a Denny Walley slide performance. But upon concluding Denny's solo spot, the band stops playing while Vinnie keeps a rather frantic beat alive. Tommy and Petey start playing those very cheesy, Space Invaders-type sound effects, and Artie essentially solos. This continues for roughly a minute, when Artie starts playing the "Outside Now" arpeggio, which is eventually picked up by Warren. Once this arpeggio is firmly established, Petey gets a chance for a short solo, before Frank steps up and creates the masterpiece that we have on "Guitar". Upon finishing his workout, the band jumps right back into 'City", running-through the written guitar lines that occur at the end of the '79 solo section. While only the 3/31 performance is documented on "Guitar", Frank actually performs this weird musical sandwich in several of the final shows on the tour, with each guitar solo managing to achieve greatness. The transitions from the "City" part of the solo section into the "Outside Now" portion are consistently sloppy, and not all that pleasing to the ears; but once this segue is complete, and the arpeggio is firmly established, this Teenage Rockin' Combo repeatedly performs several of the most intense instrumental passages that this tour saw.

1980 Mar-Jul: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation, and with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo.

1980 Oct-Dec: Essentially performed as on "Joe's Garage", with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo. One of Ike's most consistently evocative singing spots.

1982: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo. As much as a treat as this song is to hear, Ike Willis' husky yet beautiful voice is sorely missed.

1984: Essentially played as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, with the standard deviation in Frank's solo. Unfortunately, not played enough..

1988: Essentially performed as on BTHW, with the standard deviation coming in Frank's solo. One of Ike's continually better vocal performances, methinks.

There's Notes In It

The Synclavier piece "Outside Now Again" from The Perfect Stranger comes from a transcription that Steve Vai did of the guitar solo on "Outside Now" on Joe's Garage Acts II & III for The Frank Zappa Guitar Book.

Outside Now Outside Now Again
3:19-5:49 0:00-3:32


Frank Zappa's Music—Music Parts Flyer—1990 Price List (Barfko-Swill, 1990)


M6 023 JUMBO GO AWAY INTERLUDE—Keyboards & Bass (1 Part)
M7 025 #7—Keyboard
M8 026 #8—Keyboard
M9 027 #9—Keyboard
M9 028 #9—Harp


MQ 006 #6
MQ 001 Wind Quintet

Frank Zappa's Music—The Munchkin Edition Scores (Barfko-Swill, 2004)


M6-023 Jumbo Go Away Interlude Keyboards & Bass (1 Part)
M8-024 Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt—Keyboard
M7-025 #7 Keyboard
M8-026 #8 Keyboard
M9-027 #9 Keyboard
M9P-028 #10 Harp

yetanother, Zappateers, March 19, 2013

[#9] it's the "Outside Now Variations". Maybe #10 is just a version of #9 for harp?

drdork, Zappateers, March 19, 2013

There's harp on the Läther outtakes version, isn't there?


Conceptual Continuity


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