|Single by Frank Zappa|
|from the album Apostrophe (')|
|A-side||Don't Eat the Yellow Snow|
|Released||April 22, 1974|
|Genre||Comedy rock, jazz rock|
|Frank Zappa singles chronology|
It concerns the Mystery Man, a typical guru or psychic, offering to help the narrator reach Nervanna [sic] for a "nominal service charge," and the narrator's refusal to buy into his act, "Look here, brother, who you jiving with that cosmik debris?" When the Mystery Man gets pushy, Zappa as the narrator tells how he snatched the crystal ball, hypnotized the Mystery Man, stole his stuff and blew his mind.
The song was popular on the Dr. Demento Show in the 70s, and in Zappa's concerts, with memorable guitar solos from Zappa, also featuring George Duke on keyboard and Napoleon Murphy Brock on sax. The song was featured in the late-2010 Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa tour, where through the magic of video and editing (from 1970s-era shows), Frank Zappa on a large video screen both sang and played a guitar solo while the ZPZ band provided a live backing. This song was also a b-side to the single "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow."
Connections to Previous Zappa Songs
References of previous songs are frequent in many Frank Zappa songs. "Cosmik Debris" shares the lyric "Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?" and also mentions "the toads of the short forest" - two references to the song "Camarillo Brillo" from the previous album "Over-Nite Sensation. Originally "Toads of the short forest" is the title of a composition on The Mothers Of Invention's album Weasels Ripped My Flesh from 1970. "The "dust of The Grand Wazoo" is also mentioned in the lyrics and refers to the album released by Zappa in 1972.
A."Cosmik Debris" - 4:10
B."Uncle Remus" - 2:49