Advance Romance

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"Advance Romance"
Song by Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart/The Mothers from the album Bongo Fury
Released October 2, 1975
Recorded May 1975
Genre Progressive rock, blues rock, experimental rock
Length 11:17
Label DiscReet
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Bongo Fury track listing
"Advance Romance"
"Man With the Woman Head"

"Advance Romance" is a Frank Zappa song originally from his live album with Captain Beefheart, Bongo Fury. Other versions of the song can be found on You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5, and Make a Jazz Noise Here. It is a humorous parody of typical love songs and is sung by Napoleon Murphy Brock with George Duke. "Advance Romance" was commonly played with the song "Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy" in concert. The song was played from 1975 to 1976 and from 1980 to 1988 making the song one of Zappa's most performed.[1] Almost all of Zappa's lineups after its release on Bongo Fury played this song in concert.[2]


The song describes a girl who is very good at pleasing the singer in bed, though she takes advantage of his lust for her and uses all of his money. It's implied that she's promiscuous: "The way she do me boy, she might do you too." She takes advantage of the singer's friends as well, such as the mentioned "Potato head bobby" (which references the main character in another Zappa song, "San Ber'dino") and George Duke with the lyrics "Took George's watch like they always do. (It was a Timex too!)" [3][4]


In early versions only Zappa had a guitar solo, but as tours went on more and more of Zappa's band would have solos. The simple structure of the song allowed a lot improvisation, so a solo from almost any instrument would fit right in. One solo was named "Jim and Tammy's Upper Room" and was put on Zappa's 1988 instrumental album Guitar.[1]

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  1. ^ a b François Couture (1975-10-02). "Advance Romance - Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa & the Mothers, Captain Beefheart, The Mothers of Invention : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  2. ^ The Words and Music of Frank Zappa - Kelly Fisher Lowe - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Frank Zappa - Advance Romance Lyrics". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Frank Zappa - San Ber'Dino Lyrics". Retrieved 2012-09-20.