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Album: Thing-Fish
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Prologue More Info... 2:56
2)    The Mammy Nuns More Info... 3:31
3)    Harry & Rhonda More Info... 3:37
4)    Galoot Up-Date More Info... 5:27
5)    The "Torchum" Never Stops More Info... 10:33
6)    That Evil Prince More Info... 1:18
7)    You Are What You Is More Info... 4:31
8)    Mudd Club More Info... 3:17
9)    The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing More Info... 3:14
10)    Clowns On Velvet More Info... 1:52
11)    Harry-As-A-Boy More Info... 2:34
12)    He's So Gay More Info... 2:44
13)    The Massive Improve'lence More Info... 5:08
14)    Artificial Rhonda More Info... 3:31
  Disc 2
1)    The Crab-Grass Baby More Info... 3:48
2)    The White Boy Troubles More Info... 3:34
3)    No Not Now More Info... 5:51
4)    Briefcase Boogie More Info... 4:10
5)    Brown Moses More Info... 3:01
6)    Wistful Wit A Fist-Full More Info... 4:00
7)    Drop Dead More Info... 7:56
8)    Won Ton On More Info... 4:18
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar, Synclavier); Steve Vai, Ray White (guitar); Chuck Wild (piano); Tommy Mars (keyboards); Jay Anderson (acoustic bass); Arthur Barrow, Scott Thunes (bass); Chad Wackerman (drums); Ed Mann (percussion); Steve De Furia, David Ocker (programming).
  • Cast of THING-FISH: Ike Willis (Thing Fish); Terry Bozzio (Harry); Dale Bozzio (Rhonda); Napoleon Murphy Brock (Evil Prince); Bob Harris (Harry-As-A-Boy); Johnny "Guitar" Watson (Brown Moses); Ray White (Owl-Gonkwin-Jane Cowhoon).
  • Originally released as a 3 LP set.
  • Like his masterpiece JOE'S GARAGE, Zappa's THING-FISH is an epic rock opera on a grand scale. The comical narration by Ike Willis in the title role, with his own Amos-&-Andy-ish dialect, may seem like harmless buffoonery on the surface, but there is a dastardly evil undercurrent. The overall theme is the attempt by the establishment to systematically do away with certain undesirables in society. Instead, bizarre mutations called the mammy nuns are created and proceed to overtake mankind through the context of a Broadway show.
  • Along the way, Zappa's compositional and satirical genius is in full creative overdrive as he manipulates his many strange characters (including Terry and Dale Bozzio as ignorant theater goers) through the weird libretto. Although many of the musical pieces only work in the context of the story, a dramatic reworking of the classic "The Torture Never Stops," the driving "You Are What You Is" and the gospel-sounding "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" are stand-out performances. Disc two continues with strange robotic voices in "The Crab-Grass Baby," the rocking "No Not Now" and it's backwards-running counterpart "Won Ton On" as the grand finale.
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