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The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa)

Band Name Origins:

  • In California at the time, accomplished guitarists were refered to as "motherf***ers" - abbreviated to "mothers" . Zappa wanted to call his band "The Mothers" but the record company feared the association with obscenity, so out of necessity Zappa added "of Invention". Submitted by: Mark T
  • Frank Zappa's band was originally called, simply, "The Mothers", but their record company, fearing negative connotations, insisted that they add "Of Invention" at the end. It derives, of course, from the expression "necessity is the mother of invention". Submitted by: Mike

Former Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Frank Zappa""Recording studio owner"Studio Z was where Zappa taught himself engineering techniques. The place was shut down after Zappa was arrested for allegedly using the facilities for obscene purposes (in truth, he had recorded the sounds of a fake orgy for an undercover vice squaed cop) - Agrimorfee

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Brow Shoes Don't Make It" originally "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"
Norma Lehigh
"Who Needs The Pace Corps?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Karen Smith
"Who Needs The Peace Cops?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Thessaly Danes
"Brown Hoes Don't Make It" originally "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"
Bill

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Brown Shoves Don't Make It" originally "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"
Joanna Hawthorne
"Brown Shores Don't Make It" originally "Brown Shoes Don't Make It"
Joanna Hawthorne
"Who Needs The Peace Corpse?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Cheryl Jordan

Change a Letter:

"Who Needs The Peace Corks?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Thessaly Danes
"Who Needs The Peace Carps?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Thessaly Danes
"Who Needs The Peach Corps?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Thessaly Danes
"Who Needs The Peace Cords?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Thessaly Danes
"Who Needs The Peach Corps?" originally "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Thessaly Danes

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Montana""Seein' Santa Soon"Agrimorfee
"Trouble Every Day""Trouble That I Get On Dates"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Help, I'm A Rock""Help, I'm Barack"Agrimorfee

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Hungry Freaks, Daddy
   The Mothers Of Invention
Get Yer Freak On
   Missy Elliott
Get Your Hungry Freak On, Daddy
neptunevsmars
Harry, You're A Beast
   The Mothers Of Invention
Beast Of Burden
   The Rolling Stones
Harry, You're A Beast Of Burden
neptunevsmars

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Wolfmothers Of Invention
Wolfmother combined with Mothers Of Invention
Talk about closing the generation gap there!
Submitted By: neptunevsmars
The Mother Love Bones of Invention
Mothers of Invention combined with Mother Love Bone
Are there still enough surviving members of each band for this to actually take place?
Submitted By: The Skuz

Misheard Lyrics:

"She Painted Up Her Face"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's wasted off her face
She's cracked she's foreign liquor
Original Lyrics:
She painted up her face
She sat before the mirror
"Would You Like A Snack?"
Misheard Lyrics:
What a drag, you gotta go
Even if you'd rather be at home
Way out in Hollywood.
Original Lyrics:
What a drag, you gotta go
Even if you'd rather be at home
Flaked out in Hollywood.
"Absolutely Free"
Misheard Lyrics:
Diamonds on velvets on goldens, on Vixen
On Comet and Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen
On up and away and afar and a go-go
Escape from the weight of your corporate yo-yo.
Original Lyrics:
Diamonds on velvets on goldens on Vixen
On Comet and Cupid, on Donner & Blitzen
On up and away and afar and a go-go
Escape from the weight of your corporate logo.
"Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
Misheard Lyrics:
First I'll buy some beads
And then perhaps a leather band
To go around my head
Some feathers and bells
And a book of Indian horror.
Original Lyrics:
First I'll buy some beads
And then perhaps a leather band
To go around my head
Some feathers and bells
And a book of Indian lore.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Concentration Moon"
Opening Lines:
Concentration Moon, over the camp by the valley
Comments:
One of the very rare occasions that Frank Zappa and the Mothers include the song title at the beginning (let alone within the song!).
Submitted by: Agrimorfee
 

Band Name Anagrams:

Reinvention Of Moths Submitted by: Joanna Hawthorne
Moths Of Reinvention Submitted by: Joanna Hawthorne
Moth in Version Often Submitted by: Karl Kaefer

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Magdalena"
The Lyrics:
There was a man, a little ole man who lived in Montreal. With a wife, and a kid, and a car, and a house, and a teen-age daughter with a see-thru blouse...
Why:
Tales of maple syrup and incest are just SOME of the reasons to visit "The Distinct Society"
Submitted by: princejellyfish
 

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Brown Shoes Don't Make It" Length: 7:29
Submitted by: Evan

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Double Every Tray" originally "Trouble Every Day"
Submitted by: neptunevsmars

Backwards Messages:

"Hot Poop"
Appears on We're Only In It For the Money. Following the freaky echoing spoken words at the front, there is a snippet of backwards music and singing. This is actually an extra verse for the song "Mother People" from the same album, containing a few dirty words that Frank Zappa was forced to remove. Subsequent releases of the album on CD have included the re-edited version of the song (in addition to the "Hot Poop" track).
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

Music With a Warning Label:

"Freak Out!"
The track "Go Cry On Someone Else's Shoulder" carries the warning that it is "very greasey. You should not listen to it. You should wear it on your hair". Bear in mind that this was in 1966!
Submitted by: neptunevsmars

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