Valley Girl (song)

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"Valley Girl"
Single by Frank Zappa and Moon Zappa
from the album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
B-side "No Not Now"
"Teen-Age Prostitute"
"You Are What You Is"
"Valley Girl (fade-out version)"
Released 1982
Format 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre New Wave, experimental rock, comedy rock
Length 4:59
Label Barking Pumpkin
Writer(s) Frank Zappa, Moon Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"Goblin Girl"
(1981)
"Valley Girl" (1982) "The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou"
(1983)
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch track listing
"No Not Now"
(1)
"Valley Girl"
(2)
"I Come from Nowhere"
(3)

"Valley Girl" is a song by the musician Frank Zappa and his then 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit Zappa. It was released on Zappa's 1982 album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. Moon supplied Frank with much of the content, speaking typical "Valley girl" or "Valspeak" phrases she heard at "parties, bar mitzvahs, and the Galleria".[1] Zappa intended to lampoon the image, but the single popularized the Valley Girl stereotype nationwide.[2][3][4] There was a significant increase in "Valspeak" slang usage, whether ironically spoken or not (not the least of which was the film, Valley Girl). This song was also included in the compilation album Strictly Commercial.

The song was Zappa's only top 40 single in the United States, peaking at #32 in the Billboard Hot 100, although he had charted hits in other parts of the world. It is one of the most unusual Zappa tunes because of how relatively "normal" it is, and is played entirely in 4/4 with the exception of the 7/8 groove at the very end.

The single had varying B-sides. Two of them were from the same album as "Valley Girl:" "No Not Now" and "Teen-Age Prostitute." Another B-side was "You Are What You Is." One of the versions of the single had "Valley Girl" on both sides: the A-Side had the full version, while the B-Side had a fade-out version.

Charts[edit]

Song Chart Peak
position
"Valley Girl" Mainstream Rock 12[5]
Pop Singles 32[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valley Girl: No Way Rocker's Daughter Talks Like the Record". The Palm Beach Post. AP. September 2, 1982. p. B12. 
  2. ^ Demarest, Michael; Stanley, Alessandra (September 27, 1982). "Living: How Toe-dully Max Is Their Valley". Time Magazine. 
  3. ^ Donald; Kikisawa; Gaul; Holton (2004). "Language". In Goggans, DiFranco. The Pacific Region (Series: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures). Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-313-33043-8. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  4. ^ Moley; Muir; Phillips; Smith; Williamson (1985). "Update". Newsweek 106 (1-9): 8. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "Charts and Awards for Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-22.