I'm the Slime

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"I'm the Slime"
Single by Frank Zappa and The Mothers
from the album Over-Nite Sensation
B-side "Montana"
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1973
Genre Progressive rock, funk
Length 3:02
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus"
(1972)
"I'm the Slime"
(1973)
"Cosmik Debris"
(1974)

I'm the Slime is a 1973 single by Frank Zappa and The Mothers from the album Over-Nite Sensation. Different live versions can be found on Zappa in New York and You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 which the version was performed on the same night as the majority of Roxy and Elsewhere. "I'm the Slime" and its b-side version of Montana were put on Zappa's best of Strictly Commercial. It was performed in concert from 1973 to 1977 and 1984.[1]

Lyrics and meaning[edit]

The song contains two parts; the first part is a riddle of insults in the form of "what am I?"

"I am gross and perverted. I'm obsessed 'n deranged. I have existed for years, but very little had changed. I am the tool of the Government and industry too, for I am destined to rule and regulate you. I may be vile and pernicious, but you can't look away. I make you think I'm delicious, with the stuff that I say. I am the best you can get. Have you guessed me yet?"

The second part discusses the evils of the answer to the riddle, the various things seen on television.[1] In Mike Fitzwilliam's book Woodstock Whitehouse - from God to greed the song was said to be the epitome of liberal leaning Americans, though this was not its intent.[2]

Ike and Tina Turner[edit]

Zappa hired Tina Turner and the Ikettes to sing back up vocals for various songs on Over-Nite Sensation including "I'm the Slime". Ike Turner insisted that Zappa only pay the Ikettes $25 per song, to which he reluctantly agreed. After hearing one of the recordings in the studio, Ike, exclaimed "What is this shit?" and later insisted that Tina and the Ikettes would not be credited on the album.[3]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Zappa performed "I'm the Slime", as well as "Purple Lagoon", and "Peaches en Regalia" in his first of two appearances on Saturday Night Live. NBC announcer, Don Pardo was utilized for his distinctive delivery for the second movement, (or B section) of "I'm the Slime". Zappa described this as the, "highlight of [Don Pardo's] career." Pardo performed at the Palladium, in New York City in December, 1976 on "I'm the Slime", and parts of "Punky's Whips" and "The Illinois Enema Bandit", documented on Zappa in New York.[4]

Track list[edit]

7"

A."I'm The Slime" - 3:08
B."Montana" - 4:39 [5]

40th Anniversary[edit]

The single was re-released to mark it's 40th anniversary, as part of World Record Day 2013. It was released on transparent green vinyl, with blue smoke lines limited to a run of 3000 copies worldwide. The vinyl was cut from the original masters, and all profit went to the Frank Zappa foundation.[6]

Cover versions[edit]

A cover of this song was recorded by Arjen Anthony Lucassen and his brother Gjalt for 2012 album Lost in the New Real. But Lucassen replaced “TV set” with “Internet” in his version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Couture, François. "I'm the Slime - Frank Zappa & the Mothers, Frank Zappa : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  2. ^ Fitzwilliams, Mike (2010). Woodstock Whitehouse- From God to Greed. Xulon Press (via Google Books). p. 115. ISBN 978-1609574734. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  3. ^ Miles, Barry (2005). Zappa: A Biography. Grove Press (via Google Books). p. 232. ISBN 978-0802142153. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  4. ^ Alkyer, Frank (2009). DownBeat-the Great Jazz Interviews: A 75th Anniversary Anthology. Hal Leonard (via Google Books). p. 185. ISBN 978-1423463849. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  5. ^ "I'm The Slime/Montana". Zappafrenzy.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  6. ^ http://turntablelab.com/collections/record-store-day-2013-releases/products/frank-zappa-im-the-slime-montana-record-store-day-colored-vinyl-7