Cheepnis

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"Cheepnis"
Song by Frank Zappa and The Mothers from the album Roxy & Elsewhere
Released 1974
Genre Progressive rock, experimental
Length 6:33
Writer Frank Zappa
Roxy & Elsewhere track listing
"Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?"
(6)
"Cheepnis" "Son of Orange Country"
(8)

Cheepnis is a song by Frank Zappa and The Mothers, which is a tribute to B-movies.

Song description[edit]

The song sings about the special effects in early horror movies, including a monster, named "Frunobulax", a very large poodle dog. The poodle is a recurring theme in other Zappa songs and is an illustration of what he referred to as the "conceptual continuity" of his body of work.[citation needed]

It was also a part of the unreleased "Hunchentoot" play written around 1972. The play also included tracks off 1979's Sleep Dirt, and 1973's The Grand Wazoo among others.

Appearances[edit]

The song first appeared on his 1974 album Roxy & Elsewhere, from a live recording. Another live version of the song was released on You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2.

The beginning of the Roxy & Elsewhere version of the track has a 2 minute monologue about It Conquered The World and horror movies in general, including Zappa's comment that "cheapness, in the case of a monster movie, has nothing to do with the budget of the film, although it helps".{Roxy & Elsewhere 1974}

The song is mentioned in the Book of the SubGenius.

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