Cocaine Decisions

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"Cocaine Decisions"
Single by Frank Zappa
from the album The Man from Utopia
GenreJazz-rock, comedy rock
LabelBarking Pumpkin
Songwriter(s)Frank Zappa
Producer(s)Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"The Man From Utopia Meets Mary Lou"
"Cocaine Decisions"
"Baby Take Your Teeth Out"

"Cocaine Decisions" is a 1983 single by Frank Zappa, from the album The Man from Utopia. A live version was on the album You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3. It was played in concert from 1981 to 1984.[1]


Zappa had many antidrug songs including "Who Needs the Peace Corps?" from We're Only in It for the Money, "Cosmik Debris" from Apostrophe ('), "Charlie's Enormous Mouth" from You Are What You Is, and "I Come From Nowhere" from Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. Though unlike the hippies, drug dealers, youth, and junkies the targets of this song are instead the rich Wall Street executives, doctors, and lawyers. Specifically the lyrics "But if you are wasted from the stuff you're stickin' in it. I get madder every day 'cause what you do 'n' what you say affects my life in such a way. I learn to hate it every minute!" are targeted at Zappa's own producers and studio executives. The vocals display a tone of hatred making it one of Zappa's more aggressive songs. In 2000, the CMJ Music Marathon magazine jokingly stated that "Cocaine Decisions" would be a great song to characterize presidential candidate George W. Bush.[2][3]


During a concert in Palermo, Italy in 1982, a riot occurred during "Cocaine Decisions" in which the police shot teargas into the crowd.[4] Zappa was reported stating "We played for an hour and a half with tear-gas in our face and everything else, and when it was all over we went off stage and we were trapped inside this place". The riot inspired the back cover of the album The Man From Utopia.

Track list[edit]

A."Cocaine Decisions" - 2:56
B."SEX" - 3:00 [5]


  1. ^ François Couture. "Cocaine Decisions - Frank Zappa : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  2. ^ Everybody Must Get Stoned: - R.U. Sirius - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  3. ^ CMJ New Music Monthly - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  4. ^ Frank Zappa: the negative dialectics of poodle play - Ben Watson - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  5. ^ "Frank Zappa - Cocaine Decisions (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-09-20.