Saddle Bags

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)


Arthur Barrow, Of Course I Said Yes!, 2016, p. 82-83

A tune [FZ] was working on that really stands out in my mind was something he called "Saddle Bags." I think he was calling it that because of a section utilizing three hand-muted guitars playing redundant, stacked up, neutral sounding chords that produced a gentle loping feel and then a livelier section he referred to as the "Heidi Ho" part. This had a bold synth French horn melody played over a bass part that was on the off beats with a lot of very inventive orchestrations involving keyboards and percussion. There were several other sections that he experimented with in various combinations. Nothing was written out, so Frank would sing or play parts to us instead. [...]

"Saddle Bags" was becoming a brilliant new Zappa composition before my very eyes, but alas, he never finished it. One little part survived and ended up in "Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt" on Joe's Garage. It's the lick after the line about serving them right.

Jon Naurin

Another nice instrumental item, sort of a precursor to the "classical" section of Easy Meat (it was played in the middle of EM at 1979 rehearsals). It consists of a simple two-tone vamp, with three themes played on top; the "You know I think it serves them right" lick from Wet T-Shirt Night, a variation of the same, and one longer, unreleased composition.

Peter Öberg

Is that the same phrase that can be heard the very first seconds in"Diseases of the band"?

Jon Naurin

Yup, the very same lick that ended every 1979 intro guitar solo.


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